June 20, 2012
On June 12, the Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations (CEFRIO) celebrated its 25th anniversary with over 350 guests at the Centre des congrès de Québec, and took the opportunity to present awards for innovation and knowledge transfer to two Associate Researchers: Réal Jacob, Director of the Office of Research Development, Technology Transfer and Executive Training, and Thérèse Laferrière, Full Professor with the Département d’études sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage at Université Laval.
An impressive career path
Professor Jacob holds a Certificat d'études approfondies (CEA) in Labour Science from the Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the Université de Montréal. He began his career as a professor in 1983, at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Since 2001, he has been teaching management at HEC Montréal, as well as serving as Director of the Office of Research Development, Technology Transfer and Executive Training. He is also a member of the Centre for Research on Organizational Transformation (CETO) at the School and a member of the Boards of Directors of CEFRIO and the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO).
A well-known researcher in Quebec and elsewhere, in both the public sector and large companies, Professor Jacob is a long-time ally of CEFRIO. Since the mid-1990s, he has taken part in large-scale research and knowledge transfer projects and acted as a scientific director from 2001 to 2007. He currently chairs the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, a body whose role includes drawing up the CEFRIO five-year plan and making recommendations to its Board of Directors.
In 1999, he received the Canadian Leaders in Management Education award, for the quality of his work as a professor and his impact on the Quebec business world. He was also declared Quebec IT Personality of the Month for May 2010 by the Réseau Action TI, for his contribution to organizational transformation through new technologies.
Professor Jacob’s work and courses deal with change, innovation and knowledge management, as well as new organizational designs, learning organizations and virtual practice communities. He has authored or co-edited 13 books, 21 chapters and over 90 published articles and papers. He has sat on 22 organization committees for conferences in Quebec and in Europe.
For many years now, Professor Jacob has been focusing on the health and social services network from various angles: conducting sponsored research, leading senior management education groups, providing expert advice on organizational transformation, speaking to different professional groups in the network and leading many executive training seminars. He is also a frequent speaker on the application of model health and social services networks and on the themes of managing change and knowledge and recognition at work.
Founded in 1987, CEFRIO is a centre facilitating research and innovation in organizations with information and communication technologies (ICTs). It has over 150 university, industry and government members and 74 associate and guest researchers.