University of Calgary

Piers Steel

  • Professor
  • Brookfield Resident Chair - Management
  • Faculty - Executive Education
  • Faculty [OBHR]

Currently Teaching

 W2023 - MGST 746 - Topics in Business Management

Research Interests


Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources


Piers Steel is a professor in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources area and is the Brookfield Research Chair at the Haskayne School of Business. He is a recognized authority on the science of motivation and is known internationally for his productivity research, receiving widespread media coverage.

Piers’ particular areas of research interest include culture, motivation and decision-making. He is also currently driving a systematic review of ethical research with the goal of identifying what is known and where knowledge gaps lie and sharing the knowledge in a practical and accessible format. He has expertise in systematic review and meta-analysis, having published over 25 scholarly articles on the topic, and is a member of the Society of Research Synthesis and Methodology ( He has published several methodology papers on how to improve meta-analysis.

With over 60 publications, Piers’ work has appeared in the premier journals in the social sciences, including, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, and Personality and Social Psychology Review, and business specifically, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Academy of Management Review. He has also presented his work as a keynote or featured speaker at several national and international academic conferences, including International Society for Performance Improvement, Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Society.

In addition to his commendable scholarly contributions, Piers has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, having received numerous teaching awards including the Dean's Award for Outstanding Leadership in Teaching and Learning and the Academy of Management Best Paper in Management Education.

Piers joined the Haskayne School of Business in 2002. He holds a BA from University of Toronto, a Masters from University of Guelph, and a PhD from University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Haskayne, Piers taught at the University of Minnesota.

Selected publications

Steel, P. & König, C. J. (2006). Integrating theories of motivation. Academy of Management Review, 31, 889-913.

Steel, P., Huffcutt, A. I., & Kammeyer-Mueller, J. (2006). From the work one knows the worker: A systematic review of the challenges, solutions, and steps towards creating synthetic validity. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 14, 16-36.

Steel, P. (2007). The nature of procrastination. Psychological Bulletin, 133(1), 65-94.

Steel, P., Schmidt, J., & Shultz, J. (2008). Refining the relationship between personality and subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin, 134(1), 138-161.

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 Monograph, 95(3), 405-439.

Taras, V., Steel, P., & Kirkman, B. (2012). Improving cultural indices and rankings based on a meta-analysis of Hofstede’s dimensions. Journal of World Business, 47(3), 329-341.

Steel, P., Kammeyer-Mueller, J., & Paterson, T. (2015). Improving the meta-analytic assessment of effect size variance with an informed Bayesian prior. Journal of Management, 41(2), 718-743.

Steel, P., Taras, V., Uggerslev, K., & Bosco, F. (2018). The happy culture: A meta-analytic review and empirical investigation of culture’s relationship with subjective wellbeing. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 22(2), 128-169.

Steel, P., Schmidt, J., Bosco, F., & Uggerslev, K. (2019). The effects of personality on job satisfaction and life satisfaction: A meta-analytic investigation accounting for bandwidth-fidelity and commensurability. Human Relations, 72(2), 217–247. 

Steel, P., Beugelsdijk, S., & Aguinis, H. (2021). The anatomy of an award-winning meta-analysis: Recommendations for authors, reviewers, and readers of meta-analytic reviews. Journal of International Business Studies52(1), 23-44.

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