University of Calgary

James Meurs

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty [OBHR]

Currently Teaching

 W2018 - OBHR 317 - Organizational Behaviour
LEC 3TR 09:30 - 10:45
SB 146
LEC 4TR 11:00 - 12:15
SB 146
LEC 5TR 12:30 - 13:45
SB 146
LEC 6TR 14:00 - 15:15
SB 146


James Meurs, PhD, is an associate professor in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources area at the Haskayne School of Business. His research primarily focuses on occupational health and well-being, managing the political landscape of an organization, and personality issues at work. Professor Meurs specifically examines issues such as causes of workplace stress, the effects of interpersonal conflict on employees, and how personality impacts work. He also investigates political skill, which is the ability to both effectively understand others at work and to use this knowledge to enhance desired objectives.

Professor Meurs' research has been published in leading journals, such as Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Vocational Behavior. He also has presented his work at several national and international academic conferences, and serves as a member of the editorial review board of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Professor Meurs joined the Haskayne School of Business as an assistant professor in July 2013 and became an associate professor in July 2015. He obtained a PhD in Business Administration from Florida State University, and an MBA and BA from Grand Valley State University. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was an assistant professor of management at the University of Mississippi, where he was recognized for his superior research and excellent scholarly contributions with the Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award in 2009.

Selected publications

Meurs, J.A., & Perrewé, P.L. (2011). Cognitive activation theory of stress: An integrative theoretical approach to work stress. Journal of Management, 37(4), 1043-1068.

Blickle, G., Meurs, J.A., Wihler, A., Ewan, C., Plies, A., & Günther, S. (2013). The interactive effects of conscientiousness, openness to experience, and political skill on job performance in complex jobs: The importance of context. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34(8), 1145-1164.

Meurs, J.A., Gallagher, V.C., & Perrewé, P.L. (2010). The role of political skill in the stressor-outcome relationship: Differential predictions for self- and other- reports of political skill. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76(3), 520-533.

Blickle, G., Meurs, J.A., Kramer, J., Mierke, J., Zettler, I., Maschler, J., Noethen, D., & Ferris, G.R. (2008). Personality, political skill and job performance. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72(3), 377-387.

Meurs, J.A., Fox, S., Kessler, S., & Spector, P. E. (in press). It’s all about me: The role of narcissism in exacerbating the stressor-counterproductive work behavior relationship. Work & Stress.

Zellars, K.L., Meurs, J.A., Perrewé, P.L., Kacmar, C.J., Rossi, A.M. (2009).Reacting to and recovering from a stressful situation: An examination of NA and physiological strain outcomes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14(1), 11-22.

Meurs, J.A., Perrewé, P.L., & Ferris, G.R. (2011). Political Skill as Moderator of the Trait Sincerity – Task Performance Relationship: A Socioanalytic, Narrow Trait Perspective. Human Performance, 24(2), 119-134.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD
    Florida State University
  • MBA
    Grand Valley State University
  • BA
    Grand Valley State University
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