Magali Simard

Magali Simard
Laval University | ULAVAL · Department of Management

Ph.D. in administration

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Introduction
Magali Simard is professor at the department of Management, Faculty of Administration of University Laval, in Quebec city, Canada. Her research interests focus on projects/programs. She is interested in governance and multidisciplinary coordination and in the project crises. She also has a keen interest in the dynamic relationship of projects/programs and organizations, in terms of structures, practices and changes. She is also interested in qualitative research methods.

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Publications (9)
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze the development and outbreak of a crisis in a high-priority project within a large organization. Design/methodology/approach Single-case study using extreme case sampling, a type of purposeful sampling, because this case provides rich information on a rare research opportunity: a project crisis tha...
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Images of utopia of order and chaos can serve to depict paradoxes observed in projects by illustrating the ongoing challenges presented by formal organization and informal social structure at the interface of temporary/permanent organizing. This paper develops a conceptual framework that shows that governance, organizational design and governmental...
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Absurd decisions are more than mere errors or poor decisions. These decisions, taken by individuals or groups, persistently and radically act against the goal they were meant to achieve [1]. This paper demonstrates the high impacts of absurd decisions in the unfolding of a failing project trajectory within which the parent organization plays an imp...
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Although serendipity is commonly encountered during research activities, it has not received as much attention as it deserves. Through a case study on a case study, which evolved from a methodology exercise into a rare case study of a project crisis, we mobilize the notions of serendipitous events and serendipity patterns to demonstrate how chance...
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Being in the field when a crisis occurs cannot be planned. According to the literature, it is in those moments that the structure becomes more evident [18]. This case study provides an opportunity for such research; its particularity being that the crisis state develops following a sudden awareness about the project critical situation. This awarene...
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In current literature, the formal project governance often stops at the steering committee, which is usually directed by the project sponsor. Normally, Top managers act as project sponsors and play an active role until the project is approved and launched. Afterwards, the project usually gets delegated for its execution. This delegation enables mid...
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What is the role of chance in research and how researchers can help it? The serendipity phenomenon of discovery "by accident and sagacity" (Merton, 1948:506) although commonly encountered during research activities, has not received as much attention as it deserves. However, in recent years, the attention given to its role in research design and re...
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According to the literature, formal project governance often stops at the steering committee, which is also identified as the main link between the permanent and temporary organizations. Generally, top managers play an active role as sponsors in this committee until the project is approved and launched. Afterwards, the project execution is usually...

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