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Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:08pm

The Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources area teaches courses in human resource management (e.g., strategic human resource management, organizational behaviour, diagnostic skills to identify organizational problems, performance management, compensation, organizational change), and general business skills (e.g., interpersonal behaviour, negotiations, lifework planning planning).  These courses are taught at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.  In addition, the OBHR department actively supports student scholastic and case study competitions, including Focus 2040 and the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition

Faculty Activities 

Two members of the faculty presently sit on editorial review boards, the Academy of Management Journal and Personality and Individual Differences, and one is presently the Associate Dean of Research. The area has one chaired professor, a Distinguished Research Chair in Advanced Business Leadership which is housed in the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership. In the last five years, the OBHR faculty has won three teaching awards, six research awards, and one service award. Currently there are three students pursuing OBHR doctorates:
Leighton Wilks: Research interests include corporate social responsibility, international business, cross-cultural management, and negotiation. 
Brenda Nguyen: Research interests include subjective well-being with a focus on job satisfaction, ethical leadership and personality, specifically the Dark Triad of personality.
Scott Rankin: Research interests include the Strategic HR Management (SHRM) value proposition -- how HR claims to add value to organizations, and how managers view those claims. Particularly interested in exploring the gap between SHRM intentions and actual SHRM outcomes.
The research interests of the OBHR area as a whole are broad with studies that include: leadership, decision making and motivation, culture and immigration, intellectual capital management and the management of professional services firms.

A partial listing of the publications of the OBHR faculty in the last five years is listed below.

Recent Publications

Falkenberg, L.E. & Woiceshyn, J. (2007). Enhancing business ethics: Using cases to teach moral reasoning.   Journal of Business Ethics, 79, 213-217.

Herremans, I.M., Isaac, R.G., Kline, T.J.B., & Nazari, J.A. (2011), “Intellectual Capital and Uncertainty of Knowledge:  Control by Design of the Management System, Journal of Business Ethics 98(4), 637-640.

Isaac, R. G., Herremans, I. M., & Kline, T. J.  (2010)  “Intellectual Capital Management Enablers: A Structural Equation Modeling Analysis”, Journal of Business Ethics, 93, 373-391.

Isaac, R.G. & Herremans, I.M.  (2009).  Intellectual Capital Management:  Pathways to Wealth Creation.  Journal of Intellectual Capital, 10(1), 81-92.

Peloza, J. & Falkenberg, L. (2009). The role of collaboration in achieving corporate social responsibility objectives.  California Management Review, 51(3), 95-113.

Sherer, P. D. 2011. “Looking to the future: Bringing organizations deeper into human capital theory.” In A. Burton-Jones and J. C. Spengle (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Human Capital. Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press, 563-588.

Sherer, P.D. 2008. “The changed world of large law firms and their lawyers: An opportune context for organizational researchers.” In P. Cappelli (Ed.), Understanding Employment in the 21st Century, Cambridge, GB. Cambridge University Press, 179-222.

Sherer, P. D. 2007. “Mapping the competitive space of large US law firms: A strategic group perspective.” In L. Empson (Ed.), Managing Law Firms, Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press, 162-185.

Steel, P. (2007). The nature of procrastination: A meta-analytic and theoretical review of quintessential self-regulatory failure. Psychological Bulletin, 133(1), 65-94. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.133.1.65 (Winner of APA’s George A. Miller Award for Best Psychology Paper in last five years).

Taras, V., Kirkman, B.L., & Steel, P. (2010). Examining the impact of Culture’s Consequences: A three-decade, multi-level, meta-analytic review of Hofstede’s cultural value dimensions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(3), 405-439. (Monograph Status: requires an editorial nomination and then agreement from a supermajority of Journal of Applied Psychology editors).

Taras, V., Steel. P., Rowney, J. (2013). Work-related acculturation: Change in individual work-related cultural values following immigration. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24(1), 130-151.

Woiceshyn, J. & Falkenberg, L. (2008). Value Creation in Knowledge-Based Firms: Aligning Problems and Resources.  Academy of Management Perspectives, 22(2), 85-99. (Nominated as one of three best papers in 2008).


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