Samer Faraj

Samer Faraj

Affiliated Professor
Samer Faraj holds the Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management & Healthcare at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He is head of the research group on Complex Collaboration and serves as director of the Faculty’s PhD program. 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, and online communities. He is broadly interested in how emergent social technologies are transforming organizations and allowing new forms of collaboration and organizing to emerge. He is focused on how complex collaboration is sustained in settings as diverse as health care organizations, knowledge teams, and online communities His latest focus is on the transformation of health collaboration following the merger and move of separate hospitals into a new site. He has published over 100 journal articles, refereed proceedings, and book chapters in outlets such as: Management Science, Organization Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of AIS, Journal of Applied Psychology, Business Horizon, OMICS, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He has recently completed terms as Senior Editor at Organization Science (2006-2012) and at Information Systems Research (2012-2014). In addition, he serves on the editorial board of three other journals. He has won multiple best paper awards; most recently the AIS 2012 best Published Paper Award as well as the 2013 Desautels Best Doctoral Advisor award. Institutions such as SSHRC, NSF, IBM, the Fulbright foundation, and the Government of Quebec have funded his research. He has been a visiting professor at HEC-Paris and the American University of Beirut. He is one of the most cited management scholars in Canada: more than 10,000 Google Scholar and over 2500 Web of Knowledge citations. Prior to his academic career he was a technology consultant working on development projects for the World Bank and USAID.

Research Interests

  • Complex collaboration
  • Transformation of practices
  • Online communities and innovation
  • New forms of organizing


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