Samer A. Faraj

Desautels Faculty of Management

Information Systems


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Professor and Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management, and Healthcare
Director, Desautels PhD Program

Bronfman Building, Rm 323 [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5
514.398.1531 [Office]


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BSc Eng University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
SM Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
PhD Boston University


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Samer Faraj is Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management & Healthcare. He is director of the Desautels PhD Program and head of the research group on Complex Collaboration. His research focuses on complex collaboration and the emergence of new organizational forms in a variety of settings such as: trauma care, hospital care, urgent care clinics, family care clinics, knowledge teams, and online communities. He has engaged in multiple field studies of how Health IT is transforming urgent care clinics and family medicine both in Canada and in the USA. His current work focuses on the emergence of data intensive science as a transformational event in health science research. He is also interested in how new technology entanglements are transforming organizations and allowing new forms of organizing to emerge.

He has published over 80 journal articles, refereed proceedings, and book chapters in outlets such as: Management Science, Organization Science, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Applied Psychology, OMICS, Computers Informatics and Nursing, Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics, MIS Quarterly, and Information Systems Research. His work has been cited over 6500 times. He has just completed a 7-year term as Senior Editor at Organization Science (2006-2012) and is now Senior Editor at Information Systems Research. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of four other journals. He has won multiple best paper awards, most recently the AIS 2012 best Published Paper Award and the 2013 best doctoral adviser award at the Desautels faculty. Institutions such as SSHRC, NSF, IBM, the Fulbright foundation, and the Government of Quebec have funded his research.

In the Fall of 2013, I am teaching the following courses: 1) INSY708, doctoral seminar on technology and collaboration (limited enrollment course is offered every other year). 2) INSY434, open innovation and online communities. It is a new course that is focused on learning how to navigate the world of hybrid business models and open innovation, as well as how to build, analyze, and support online communities focused on knowledge exchange. 3) MGSC616, Technology in action, an MBA elective for students interested in technology and innovation management.