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Samia Chreim

Chreim, Samia
Full Professor
Ian Telfer Professorship in Organization Studies. PhD Program Director.
B.Com. (Lebanese American University), M.Sc. (Lebanese American University), Ph.D. (HEC)
DMS 6145
613-562-5800 x 4780
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Dr. Samia Chreim received her PhD from HEC-Montréal. She held research and teaching posts abroad, in Quebec and in Alberta, and has been associated with the Telfer School of Management since 2006. She teaches courses on change management, strategic management and qualitative research methods in the areas of Business Management and Health Management.

Research Interests

As with her teaching, Samia combines research expertise in the fields of business management and health care management, with specialization in qualitative research approaches. In both fields, her research focuses on the dynamics of change at different levels, on intra-organizational and inter-organizational collaborations, and leadership.

In the area of business management, she has studied these topics in the contexts of financial institutions, architecture and engineering firms, and oil companies, where she has attended to the notions of roles, identities and collaborations in situations of change and of mergers and acquisitions.

In the area of health care management, she has studied the dynamics of organizational change, integration across organizations, and collaboration among professionals. She has researched how distributed or collective leadership is exercised. Her most recent studies have attended to these notions in the contexts of mental health teams, primary care units, and hospitals.

Samia has received three research awards for her work on the dynamics of organizational change. In addition, two articles she published in 2015 - one in Human Relations and one in BMJ Quality & Safety - were selected among the Top 10 articles in these two journals. Samia is holder of the Ian Telfer Professorship in Organization Studies, and her research has appeared in various FT-50 journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Chreim, S., Langley, A., Reay, T., Comeau-Vallée, M. and Huq, J.L. 2020. Constructing and sustaining counter-institutional identity. Academy of Management Journal, 63(3).
  • Khan, S. and Chreim, S. 2019. Residents’ perceptions of radon health risks: a qualitative study”, BMC Public Health. BMC Public Health, 19(1114).
  • Huyer, G., Chreim, S., Michalowski, W. and Farion, K. 2018. Barriers and enablers to a physician-delivered educational initiative to reduce low-acuity visits to the pediatric emergency department. PLOS ONE.
  • Chreim, S., Spence, M., Crick, D. and Liao, X. 2018. Review of female immigrant entrepreneurship research: Past findings, gaps and ways forward. European Management Journal, 36(2): 210-222.
  • El Chababi, M., Chreim, S. and Spence, M. 2017. Are they really different: The entrepreneurial process from the perspective of first and second generation immigrant entrepreneurs. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 25(3): 263-295.
  • Huq, J.L., Reay, T. and Chreim, S. 2017. Protecting the paradox of inter-professional collaboration. Organization Studies, 38(3-4): 513-538.
  • Hewitt, T., Chreim, S. and Forster, A. 2017. Socio-cultural factors influencing incident reporting among physicians and nurses: Understanding frames underlying self and peer reporting practices. Journal of Patient Safety, 13(3): 129-137.
  • Asad, S. and Chreim, S. 2016. Peer support providers' role experiences on interprofessional mental health care teams: A qualitative study. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(7): 767-774.
  • Hewitt, T., Chreim, S. and Forster, A. 2016. Double checking - a second look. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 22(2): 267-274.
  • Mitchell, A., Madill, J.J. and Chreim, S. 2016. Social enterprise dualities: implications for social marketing. Journal of Social Marketing, 6(2): 169-192.
  • Chreim, S. and MacNaughton, K. 2016. Distributed Leadership in Health Care Teams: Constellation Role Distribution and Leadership Practices. Health Care Management Review, 41(3): 200-212.
  • Bucher, S., Chreim, S., Langley, A. and Reay, T. 2016. Contestation about Collaboration: Discursive Boundary Work among Professions . Organization Studies, 37(4): 497-522.
  • Hewitt, T., Chreim, S. and Forster, A. 2016. Incident reporting: a comparative study of two hospital divisions. Archives of Public Health.
  • Mitchell, A., Madill, J.J. and Chreim, S. 2015. Marketing and social enterprises: implications for social marketing. Journal of Social Marketing, 5(4): 285-306.
  • Hewitt, T. and Chreim, S. 2015. Fix and Forget or Repair and Report: Tensions at the Front Line of Incident Reporting in Patient Safety. BMJ Quality and Safety, 24: 303-310.
  • Chreim, S. 2015. The (Non) distribution of Leadership Roles: Considering Leadership Practices and Configuration . Human Relations, 68(4): 517-543.
  • Ensign, P.C., Lin, C.D., Chreim, S. and Persaud, A. 2014. Proximity, Knowledge Transfer, and Innovation in Technology-Based Mergers and Acquisitions. International Journal of Technology Management, 66(1): 1-31.
  • MacNaughton, K., Chreim, S. and Bourgeault, I.L. 2013. Role construction and boundaries in interprofessional primary health care teams: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 13: 486.
  • Chreim, S., Langley, A., Comeau-Vallée, M., Huq, J.L. and Reay, T. 2013. Leadership as boundary work in health care teams. Leadership, 9(2): 201-228.
  • Stahl, G.K., Angwin, D.N., Very, P., Gomes, E., Weber, Y., Tarba, S.Y., Nooderhaven, N.G., Benyamini, H., Bouckenooghe, D. and Chreim, S. 2013. Sociocultural integration in mergers and acquisitions: Unresolved paradoxes and directions for future research. Thunderbird International Business Review, 55(4): 333-356.
  • Reay, T., Chreim, S., Golden-Biddle, K., Goodrick, E., Williams, B.E., Casebeer, A., Pablo, A. and Hinings, C.R. 2013. Transforming New Ideas into Practice: An Activity Based Perspective on the Institutionalization of Practices. Journal of Management Studies, 50(6): 963-990.
  • Deshpande, S., Chreim, S., Bello, R. and Evashkevich, T. 2013. An Exploration of Seniors' Relationships with Pharmaceutical Brands: An application of 'arranged marriage' metaphor framework. International Journal of Phamaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, 7(2): 142-159.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2019-2023 SSHRC Inter-organizational communities of practice R C PI $ 98,566
2016-2021 Telfer School of Management Ian Telfer Professorship in Organization Studies R I PI $ 50,000
2015-2018 CIHR Taking stock of healthcare reforms: A research program on transformative capacity of healthcare systems in Canada R C Co-PI $ 362,891
2014 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) The Role of Peer Support Providers in Inter-Professional Mental Health Care Teams R I PI $ 6,550
2012-2013 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Are They Really Different: The Entrepreneurial Process from the Perspective of Different Generations of Immigrant Entrepreneurs R I PI $ 11,540
2011-2016 Ministry of Research and Innovation The Use of eTriggers to Systematically Detect and Manage Adverse Events R G Co-PI $ 1,686,027
2009-2014 SSHRC The Dynamics of Interprofessional Collaboration: Bridging Between Macro and Micro Levels of Analysis R C PI $ 140,850


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

Areas of Strategic Impact
Health Systems Innovation and Management

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