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Yasser Rahrovani

Assistant Professor, Information Systems

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Yasser's research interests focus on two streams: innovating with information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) management. With respect to the former, Yasser is interested in the notion of user innovation, as an emergent and distributed phenomenon. His research examines how individuals proactively use IT to go beyond job requirements and innovate in their work practices. He studies the relationships between several organizational antecedents of proactive/innovative behaviors (e.g., IS resources) and innovating with IT (more here). With respect to the latter, drawing upon his interest stemming from his professional experience, he has also conducted several studies in the IS management domain. In the context of organizational IT innovation adoption, he explores how distributed leadership and social capital facilitate successful IT innovation implementation. As part of the same stream of research on IS management, he has conducted additional research on the very closely related areas of IS planning and IS alignment.


  • Leveraging Information technology (HBA)
  • Design and Technology Management in Creative Industries (HBA, MBA)
  • Information Systems (PhD)


  • PhD in Management, McGill University
  • MSc. in Management, Queen's University
  • MBA, Sharif University of Technology
  • BSc. in Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Rahrovani, Y.; Pinsonneault, A., (Forthcoming), "Innovative IT Use and Innovating with IT: A Study of the Motivational Antecedents of two Different Types of Innovative Behaviors", The Journal of the Association for Information Systems.
  • Moeini, M.; Rahrovani, Y.; Chan, Y. E., 2019, "A review of the practical relevance of IS strategy scholarly research", The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, June 28(2): 196 - 217.
  • Rahrovani, Y.; Pinsonneault, A.; Austin, R. D., 2018, "If You Cut Employees Some Slack, Will They Innovate?", MIT Sloan Management Review, August 59(4): 47 - 51.
  • Rahrovani, Y.; Addas, S.; Pinsonneault, A., 2014, "Exploring the Long Shadow of IT Innovation Adoption Decisions on IT Value", Systèmes d'Information et Management, December 19(4): 31 - 87.
  • Rahrovani, Y.; Kermanshah, A.; Pinsonneault, A., 2014, "Aligning IT for Future Business Value: Conceptualizing IT Project Portfolio Alignment", Data base for Advances in Information Systems, August 45(3): 30 - 53.
  • Rahrovani, Y.; Chan, Y. E.; Pinsonneault, A., 2014, "Determinants of IS Planning Comprehensiveness", Communications of the Association for Information Systems, March 34(59): 1133 - 1155.

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Honours & Awards

  • Bourses de doctorat en recherche, “La valeur des technologies de l'information par la gestion des ressources excédentaires,” Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) (competitive selection) ($46,666): May 2011-August 2013
  • McGill's Excellence in Teaching Award: April 2013


  • IT Project management experience
  • Management consultancy experience (strategic planning and IS planning projects in banking, transportation, utility, biotechnology, renewable energy industries)
  • Engineering experience: electrical engineering