Dr. Max Evans is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University in Montréal and an associated researcher at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI). His McGill University profile can be found: here.
Max’s research interests include:
★ Information and knowledge management
★ Knowledge sharing (human, social and technological enablers)
★ Trust (interpersonal and organizational)
★ Knowledge continuity management
★ Management of technological innovation
★ Human information interaction (HII), an emerging domain that seeks to systematically study how people interact with, relate to and process data, information, and knowledge
Prior to coming to McGill University, Max completed his PhD in Information Studies at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, focusing on human related factors in knowledge management. His work examined motivators and inhibitors of organizational knowledge sharing, specifically exploring the influence trust and other social and cognitive factors (e.g. shared language, shared vision, homophily, tie strength, etc.) had on knowledge sharing among knowledge workers. Max’s doctoral work was supervised by Professor Chun Wei Choo and Professor Anthony Wensley.
Max achieved his Masters of Information Studies (in Information Systems) at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Information) and is a Masters and Doctoral graduate of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) collaborative program. Max also holds a Bachelors of Science in International Marketing (minor in philosophy) from Northern Illinois University’s Business School.
Prior to pursuing a post-secondary education, Max worked in a number of professional areas including finance (investor relations), marketing, strategic management (business and technology), operations, and technology deployment. His clients ranged from start-up companies to top Fortune 100 organizations. Max’s professional experience includes project management, strategy consulting, operations analysis, business process reengineering, and information systems analysis, architecture and design. Max has been a participant and manager in projects involving the design, development, and implementation of small and large-scale enterprise information systems and technologies.
Max has been active in academia over the last ten years, designing and teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at McGill University and at the University of Toronto. Topics for these courses include strategic management, knowledge management, innovation, business process reengineering, technology management, information system analysis and design, information architecture, and decision-making.
Max’s research was recently exhibited at the !dea Gallery in the Ontario Science Centre. “In [knowledge] we trust” opened on October 6th, 2014 and ran through December 7th, 2014. The exhibit summarized some of the major findings from Max’s doctoral research on knowledge sharing and trust. It also displayed findings from a more recent research study conducted with Dr. Tracey Bowen, which explored how the concept of knowledge is understood and represented through visual and textual abstraction. The goal of the exhibit was to teach visitors a little about the concept of knowledge, as well as about some of the connections between knowledge sharing and inter-personal trust. Learn more about the exhibit here.