Olivier Germain

Olivier Germain
Université du Québec à Montréal | UQAM · Department of Management

Dr. in Administration (Strategic Management)

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Introduction
Olivier Germain currently works at the Department of Management and Technology, Université du Québec à Montréal and is the Head of the PhD in Administration of the UQAM Business School. Olivier does research in entrepreneurship and management ; his research interests are at the crossroad of critical and processual studies.
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September 2011 - present
Université du Québec à Montréal
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
April 2010 - present
M@n@gement
Position
  • Senior Editor - unplugged section
Description
  • Unplugged is a forum for unpublished insights into emerging management practices, leading to the development of new questions, debates and lines of thinking within the discipline. Several formats are possible.
October 2003 - August 2011
Ecole de Management de Normandie
Position
  • Dean for Research - Professor of Strategy and Research Methods
Education
October 1998 - April 2008

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Publications (79)
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De Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007) la mémoire collective semble ne vouloir retenir que le « génial » et « engagé » artiste-écrivain-militant (romancier, réalisateur et scénariste). Elle semble si obnubilée par son engagement et son génie qu’elle s’empêche souvent de voir, dans son œuvre, le regard critique, lucide, profond, et souvent entre autoethnogr...
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Ce chapitre s’organise autour de l’étude de l’univers riche en tradition du conte au Québec et particulièrement de la mise sur pied d’un collectif de conteur.euses visant la création et la promotion d’un conte contemporain qui prend la forme de deux structures associées. Alors que le secteur cherche encore à se définir pour acquérir une identité fo...
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This chapter draws on a PhD study of identity construction processes of recently appointed managers in a Canadian organization to explore the relational hyphen spaces (Cunliffe & Karunanayake, 2013; Fine, 1994) between the researcher (one of the authors, Nancy) and the participants to the study. The data was collected using shadowing, a technique t...
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This paper aims to explore the conceptual potential of the Deleuzian notion of the encounter in order to better understand the genealogy of opportunities. We adopt a processual perspective of opportunities. In order to translate this notion to the domain of entrepreneurship, we analysed and interpreted Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club. This fi...
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The second part of our Unplugged issue transcribes the conversation between Geoffrey Le Guilcher, an independent journalist who wrote the book Steak Machine in 2017, and Olivier Germain, a researcher who is particularly interested in the linkages between academic work and other forms of writing such as fiction or journalism (Allard-Poesi, Germain,...
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The critical corner welcomes transcripts of roundtables, symposiums, interviews, keynotes speeches organized within conferences but also book reviews essays or provocative ideas in the field of critical management studies.
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How fiction may represent the organization Organizational studies researchers focus on primary data in the conduct of their research ; knowledge is a priori only to occur with a reachable real. In this sense, fiction in its different forms can only have, at best, a pretense of illustrating organizational phenomena, insofar as it can’t claim the sta...
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Comme chercheur, j'avais bien sûr des a priori importants : Uber incarnait un nouveau pas dans notre renoncement à ce que chacun puisse vivre décemment du travail. Mais après tout, qui étais-je pour, en confortable position de surplomb, décréter que les chauffeurs étaient les marionnettes inconscientes du méchant capitalisme? J'avais aussi le goût...
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(L)oin de prétendre embrasser l’ensemble des connaissances produites dans le champ, ce chapitre vise à en organiser les évolutions et enjeux à l’aune d’une part de deux dimensions structurantes de la pratique entrepreneuriale – l’espace et le temps – et d’autre part de la tension continuellement à l’œuvre dans les conduites entrepreneuriales entre...
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Chris Steyaert is Professor for Organizational Psychology at the University of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland since 2002. Before he was connected to the Copenhagen Business School and ESBRI (Research Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business) in Stockholm. He has published in international journals and books in the area of organizational theory...
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Cet article souligne quelques enjeux des approches critiques en entrepreneuriat (critical entrepreneurship studies) qui restent dans les marges de la pensée entrepreneuriale. Nous abordons d’abord certaines naturalisations en entrepreneuriat qui ont pu freiner le développement de points de vue critiques. Nous suggérons ensuite que la critique s’est...
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Qu’est-ce qu’être un ‘bon’ chercheur en gestion aujourd’hui ? La réponse n’est pas évidente et suscite de nombreuses autres considérations. Par exemple, parle-t-on d’un ‘bon’ chercheur dans une Business school britannique, américaine ou dans une université française, québécoise ou belge ? Pour répondre à cette question, nous avons choisi de convoqu...
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Firms and governments increasingly see creative industries as hubs of managerial innovation and experimentation. The opening essay to this special issue examines the role of creative industries as pioneers and highly visible adopters of new organizational and business practices. The paper next focuses on four themes that are especially salient to t...
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http://www.editions-ems.fr/ouvrage335-les-grands-inspirateurs-de-la-theorie-des-organisations-tome-1.html
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Re-using qualitative data (RQD) is a methodology rarely used in management science. This article examines the status, legitimacy, potential and limitations of RQD in this field of research. First we will study the importance attached to RQD within management science methodologies, and then we will define the scope of RQD and identify its various fo...
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Re-using qualitative data (RQD) is a methodology rarely used in management science. This article examines the status, legitimacy, potential and limitations of RQD in this field of research. First we will study the importance attached to RQD within management science methodologies, and then we will define the scope of RQD and identify its various fo...
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In this article, we underline the possible contribution of the theories developed by North and enriched by the New Institutional Economy to study the trajectories of the electricity firms in the great process of reform engaging as well the developed countries as the developing countries. We propose thus to distinguish the possible options and strat...
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The aim of this paper is to expound my Ph.D. topic, which deals with strategic refocusing of large firms on core businesses. In its main features, corporate refocusing usually relates (1) the – no yet settled – debate about the preeminence of a form of diversification and (2) the causal relationship between corporate refocusing and performance. Wit...

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Identify how gender discrimination can be learn through networking practices in entrepreneurship.
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Using the linguistic methods to better understand academic and professional conversations in Management Sciences.
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FROM FAMILY ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO FAMILY ENTREPRENEURING Nantes, 12-13 October 2020 The Chair Family Entrepreneurship and Society of Audencia Business School and the Group Entrepreneurship Society Transformations of University of Quebec in Montréal invite you to the 3rd Paper Development Workshop Series in Family Entrepreneurship KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jenny HELIN  Alistair ANDERSON  William B. GARTNER Jenny Helin is Senior lecturer at the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden Alistair Anderson is Distinguished Professor at the Management School of Lancaster University, UK William B. Gartner is the Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship at Babson College, USA   ABOUT THE WORKSHOP SERIES Audencia Business School hosts an annual Paper Development Workshop on family entrepreneurship, and the school is among the international leaders in this emerging area of scholarship. The Chair Family Entrepreneurship and Society launched this Paper Development Series in Family Entrepreneurship in 2017. After a first edition on ‘Family entrepreneurship writing workshop’ (2017) and a second edition on ‘Theorizing family entrepreneurship’ (2018), we are happy to announce the third edition of this series of research workshops organized in collaboration with the Group Entrepreneurship Society Transformations of University of Quebec in Montréal (GEST ESG UQAM), at Montréal. GEST is a research center of the University of Québec in Montréal’ School of Management (ESG UQAM) which addresses entrepreneurial practices, identities and discourses in marginalized contexts and for minorized people. It aims at participating to a change for a new inclusive and fruitful relation between entrepreneurship and social transformations and then addressing the dark side of entrepreneurial practices. The GEST members challenge theoretical assumptions and consider entrepreneuring in a process perspective. Scientific committee : Miruna Radu-Lefebvre, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Head of the Chair Family Entrepreneurship and Society, Audencia Business School Christina Constantinidis, Professor of Entrepreneurship, School of Management of the University of Quebec in Montréal Olivier Germain, Full Professor, School of Management of the University of Québec in Montréal Vincent Lefebvre, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Head of the Entrepreneurship education, Audencia Business School TOPIC OF THE 2020 PAPER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP For several decades, the fields of entrepreneurship and family business developed as separate knowledge domains (Holt, Pearson, Payne, & Sharma, 2018; Zahra & Sharma, 2004). Recently, the field of family entrepreneurship (Neubaum, 2018; Payne, 2018; Short, Sharma, Lumpkin, & Pearson, 2016) emerged at the intersection of family, entrepreneurship, and family business. While there has been an increasing interest in combining the distinct academic fields of entrepreneurship and family business (Aldrich & Cliff, 2003; Anderson, Jack & Drakopoulou Dodd, 2005), the early stages of creation of family businesses in entrepreneurial families (Alsos, Carter & Ljunggren 2014) and the emergence of entrepreneurial behaviours, identities and projects in the context of family businesses are underdeveloped areas of inquiry. We would like to invite the authors interested in submitting to the special issue « From Family Entrepreneurship to Family Entrepreneuring » of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research (https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=8869) to present their work-in-progress to the Guest editors - Miruna Radu-Lefebvre, Olivier Germain and William B. Gartner during the Paper Development Workshop which will take place on October 12th and 13th 2020 in Nantes, France. The special issue and the Paper Development Workshop aim to draw attention to the emergence and becoming of family businesses and the actualizing of entrepreneurial behaviours, identities and projects in already existing family businesses. For this Paper Development Workshop, we call for papers addressing the topic of family entrepreneuring with a focus on processes and practices relative to how business family members, couples and families do entrepreneurship. Steyaert (2007, p. 453) coined the notion of entrepreneuring to call for more processual inquiries in the field of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneuring is a processual, material, and relational phenomenon (Champenois, Lefebvre, & Ronteau, 2019; Hjorth, 2014; Hjorth & Reay, 2018) leading to the creation of new organizations (Gartner, 1993; Johannisson, 2011). We recognize that “familiness” does not always pre-exist entrepreneurial practices but also emerges through the process of entrepreneuring. We call for more processual inquiries in the field of family entrepreneurship, within an ontology of becoming (Chia, 1995). We think that this perspective of combining entrepreneuring and family business is unexplored and requires further theoretical and empirical explorations. Indicative list of anticipated (but not exclusive) topics : - How processes and practices of entrepreneuring occur in the context of enterprising families and family businesses? - What are the tensions arising between what already exists and the emergence of newness in the context of enterprising families and family firms? - How the various kinds of processual approaches in entrepreneuring (see Steyaert, 2007) can highlight various dimensions of family entrepreneuring? - How the familiness emerges – as a family becoming – through the entrepreneuring process rather than pre-exists the organization creation in a non-reified perspective? - What are the sub-processes and practices involved in family entrepreneuring? How to deal with the complexity of possible intersections of multiple sub-processes and multiple practices in the succession process (succeeding) and family entrepreneuring? - Which practices and processes are at work to maintain the familiness of organizations in the unstable flow of action(s)? - From a methodological perspective, how to study and write about family entrepreneuring? - How should multiple cultural, social and economic contexts be accounted for and included in the study of family entrepreneuring? - How the various anthropological approaches of family forms (e.g., monoparental families, LGBTQ+ families, etc.) are embedded in practices and processes of entrepreneuring? - How do the processes of entrepreneuring intersect with the doing of gender in enterprising families? - How doing (social) identity work within family businesses can be understood as an entrepreneuring process and practice within an ontology of becoming (and relating)? - How can we study, problematize and challenge family entrepreneuring in a critical perspective? STRUCTURE OF THE WORKSHOP The Paper Development Workshop will be held in Nantes over two full days, October 12-13, 2020. The workshop will include keynote lectures, reading workshops and paper development sessions. ABSTRACT/PAPER SUBMISSION Please note that the aim of this Paper Development Workshop is to enable authors improve their manuscripts before submission to the special issue but also to discuss emerging ideas and research projects. As a consequence, two types of Abstracts can be submitted to the workshop : • Extended Abstracts of 3000 words (including references and appendices) presenting the purpose of the paper, the theoretical background, the research gap, the methodological approach (in empirical papers), the main findings and expected contributions. • Short Abstracts of 1500 words (including references and appendices) presenting the research topic, a tentative theoretical background and research gap, and the (collected or to be collected) empirical material. All those are interested to attend the workshop should submit either an extended or a short abstract by July 31, 2020 to mradu@audencia.com. Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by August 15, 2020. Full working papers of about 10-15 pages are due for September 13, 2020 for the authors who would like to receive a written feedback from the Guest editors. Participation to the Paper Development Workshop does not guarantee publication in the special issue and submission to the special issue is not restricted to Paper Development Workshop participants.   Double track PDW The program comprises two different tracks. The Full Paper Track will enable those authors who already developed an advanced paper to discuss the paper in detail with the guest editors and the other participants. A Short Paper Track will give the opportunity to PhD students and other authors who recently began to develop research on family entrepreneuring or who plan to do so in the following months to further develop their work. • Full paper track The authors who submit a full paper before September 13th will be able to take part to the Full paper track. The Full paper track will include a detailed discussion of the paper by full paper track participants and written feedback from guest editors. • Short paper track The authors who will not be able to submit a full paper before September 13th will take part to the Short paper track. The short paper track will include discussion with the short paper track participants and oral feedback from guest editors. IMPORTANT DATES July 31, 2020: Abstract submission deadline (to mradu@audencia.com) August 15, 2020: Notification of acceptance September 1, 2020: registration to abordas@audencia.com (no registration fee) September 13, 2020: Full paper submission deadline (to mradu@audencia.com; optional, connected to receiving written feedback from IJEBR Guest editors) October 12-13, 2020: Paper Development Workshop. REFERENCES Aldrich, H. E., & Cliff, J. E. (2003). The pervasive effects of family on entrepreneurship: Toward a family embeddedness perspective. Journal of business venturing, 18(5), 573-596. Alsos, G. A., Carter, S., & Ljunggren, E. (2014). Entrepreneurial families and households. The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship London: Routledge, 165-177. Anderson, A. R., Jack, S. L., & Drakopoulou Dodd, S. (2005). The role of family members in entrepreneurial networks: Beyond the boundaries of the family firm. Family Business Review, 18(2), 135-154. Chia, R. (1995). From Modern to Postmodern Organizational Analysis. Organization Studies, 16, 579–604. Champenois, C., Lefebvre, V., & Ronteau, S. (2019). Entrepreneurship as practice: systematic literature review of a nascent field. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 1-32. Gartner, W. B. (1993). Words lead to deeds: Towards an organizational emergence vocabulary. Journal of business venturing, 8(3), 231-239. Helin, J. (2011), Living moments in family meetings : A process study in the family business context, PhD dissertation, Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership. https://hj.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A410092&dswid=-20 Helin, J., Jabri, M. (2015). Family business succession in dialogue: The case of differing backgrounds and views. International Small Business Journal 34 (4), 487-505 Hjorth, D. (2014). Entrepreneuring as organisation-creation. In R. Sternberg & G. Krauss, Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Creativity (pp. 97–121). Edward Elgar Publishing. Hjorth, D., & Reay, T. (2018). Moving Entrepreneurially Ahead. Organization Studies, 39, 7–18. Holt, D., Pearson, A., Payne, G., & Sharma, P. (2018). Family business research as a boundary-spanning platform, Family Business Review, 31(1), 14-31. Johannisson, B. (2011). Towards a practice theory of entrepreneuring. Small Business Economics, 36, 135–150. Neubaum, D. (2018). Family business research: Roads travelled and the search for unworn paths, Family Business Review, 31(3), 259-270. Payne, G. (2018). Reflections on family business research: Considering domains and theory, Family Business Review, 31(2), 167-175. Short, J., Sharma, P., Lumpkin, G., & Pearson, A. (2016). Oh, the places we’ll go! Reviewing past, present, and future possibilities in family business research, Family Business Review, 29(1), 11-16. Zahra, S., & Sharma, P. (2004). Family business research: A strategic reflection, Family Business Review, 17(4), 331-346.