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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
May 31, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Marc Hurwitz

Assistant Professor (OB/HRM)

Contact Information
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Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.4886
Fax: 519.884.0201
Office Location: SBE2242
Office Hours: By appointment
Personal Website:
Academic Background

BSc (University of Guelph), MSc (McMaster University), MSc (University of Guelph), MBA (Wilfrid Laurier University), PhD (University of Waterloo)

He also holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation (Dalhousie University) and is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (Life Office Management Association).


Marc Hurwitz is an Assistant Professor of OB/HRM in the School of Business and Economics. He completed his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo. Marc has over 20 years corporate and entrepreneurial experience in HR. After his initial university studies, he co-founded a training organization, selling it seven years later. Marc then became a corporate trainer, an HR consultant, a quant specialist supporting an actuarial team, a marketing executive responsible for a $6b portfolio of products and, finally, as the lead during the integration of a number of high-transaction web sites. He is also a Consulting Partner for Thinkx IC, one of North America’s premier creativity companies, and three years ago co-founded FliPskills Consulting, a boutique provider of leadership, followership, and partnership training. In those roles Marc has presented workshops, talks, and provided HR consulting to companies and organizations across North America.

His current research interests centre around followership and partnerships; there is very little formal research on these topics and the popular impression of followership is fairly negative – the overall goal of his research program is to bring followership up to an equal footing with leadership. Marc’s other main interest is creativity, both as a practitioner and as an academic. Some of his previous research interests include the neural correlates of spatial cognition, options pricing, and mathematics pedagogy.


Followership; Leadership; Partnerships; Creativity; Neural correlates of these topics

Additional Information

Selected Publications

Hurwitz, S. & Hurwitz, M. (2012). Foundations of leadership and followership. The Bottom Line, in press.

Cavezian, C., Valadao, D., Hurwitz, M., Saoud, M., Danckert, J. Finding centre: ocular and fMRI investigations of bisection and landmark performance. Brain Research, in press.

Hurwitz, M., Valadao, D., Danckert J. (2011). Functional MRI of dynamic judgments of spatial extent. Experimental Brain Research, 214, 61-72.

Hurwitz, M., Valadao, D., Danckert J. (2011). Static vs. dynamic judgments of spatial extent. Experimental Brain Research, 209, 271-286.

Hurwitz, S. & Hurwitz, M. (2011). Be agile and adaptable to tackle change. The Bottom Line, September 2011, 15-19.

Hurwitz, S. & Hurwitz, M. (2010). The missing ingredient in talent development. Management Magazine, May, 2010.

Valadao, D., Hurwitz, M., Danckert, J. (2010). Examining the influence of ‘noise’ in judgments of spatial extent. Experimental Brain Research, 207, 2010.

Merrifield, M., Hurwitz, M., Danckert, J. (2010). Multimodal temporal perception deficits in a patient with left spatial neglect. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1(4), 244-253.

Hurwitz, M. & Hurwitz, S. (2009). The romance of the follower: part 3. Industrial and Commercial Training, 41(6).

Hurwitz, M. & Hurwitz, S. (2009). The romance of the follower: part 2. Industrial and Commercial Training, 41(4).

Hurwitz, M. & Hurwitz, S. (2009). The romance of the follower: part 1. Industrial and Commercial Training, 41(2).