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Dr. Laurie Barclay

Laurie Barclay

My research interests focus on fairness in the workplace. I am particularly interested in what makes people feel unfairly treated and how to help employees recover from unfair experiences. I also examine emotions and aggression in the workplace. Some examples of the research questions that I investigate in those areas include what makes some emotions “toxic”, how can people’s emotions impact the way that they respond to fairness issues, what makes some people more likely to be the recipient of aggression, and when is it functional or “moral”  to engage in revenge?  

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-Fairness in the workplace

-Emotions

-Aggression

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Dr. Amy Christie

Amy Christie

My research is centered on status and power in organizations. I explore how positions or feelings of power and status relate to attitudes, behavior, and well-being. For example, I have asked whether power corrupts, if powerful individuals become “power-hungry”, how status differentials affect relationships in teams, why those with high status enjoy better health, and if the stigma of following is self-reinforcing.

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-Status and power

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Dr. Ivona Hideg


My research program encompasses two lines of research: research on gender and cultural diversity in the workplace, and research on emotions and emotion regulation in the workplace. In my first line of research, I examine issues of diversity in the workplace in two ways: by examining reactions and support for gender- and race-based employment equity (EE) policies, and by examining diversity in teams. For example, I have been examining how different types of sexism (hostile and benevolent) influence reactions to diversity policies in the workplace. In my second line of research, I examine the effects of emotions and emotion regulation on the individuals who experience and regulate emotions (intrapersonal effects of emotions) and individuals who observe emotions in others (social effects of emotions). In particular, I have been examining cultural influences on the social effects of emotions such as the effects of culturally different thinking styles.

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-Diversity in the workplace

-Gender issues

-Cultural diversity

-Emotion regulation

Social effects of emotions

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Dr. Greg Irving

My research interests center on the processes by which individuals move from being organizational outsiders to insiders. To that end, I examine the role of factors such as the impact of Realistic Job Previews (RJPs) and applicants’ pre-entry expectations on their post-entry adjustment. Although post-entry adjustment can mean many things, my interests focus primarily on employee attitudes toward the organization (e.g., organizational commitment) and behaviours (e.g., turnover). I am also interested in the ways that organizations can facilitate the transition from outsider to insider via activities such as organizational socialization and the development of psychological contracts.

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-Employee attitudes

-Organizational socialization

-Psychological contracts


Dr. Lisa Keeping

Lisa Keeping

Employee performance reviews are conducted by most organizations on an annual or semi-annual basis, often at great time and expense. Interestingly, research indicates that managers and employees alike find performance evaluations to be among the most disliked aspects of their jobs. My research examines the process and outcomes of performance evaluations from the perspective of both managers conducting the evaluations and employees being evaluated. Some of the issues I examine are why managers deliberately provide evaluations of employees that they know to be inaccurate as well as the reactions employees have to receiving performance feedback. The approach I like to take to research is to examine what are largely considered to be human resource issues by applying theories and concepts from organizational behaviour. Secondary areas of interest to me are leadership and employee selection.

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-Process and outcomes of performance evaluations

-Leadership

-Employee selection

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Dr. Manuela Priesemuth

My main research interests include studying abuse, fairness and (un)ethical issues in the workplace. Specifically, I am interested in what happens when a supervisor verbally abuses employees and treats them in an unfair manner. With my research, I not only focus on the reactions of the abused party, but I also examine reactions observers of aggression can have, and how entire work groups may be affected.

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-Abusive supervision

-Fairness

-Ethics

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Dr. Chet Robie

Chet Robie

My research interests focus on the use of personality variables in the workplace. I am interested in questions such as, “What personality variables predict important individual and organizational outcomes such as performance and retention?” and “What is the best way to measure personality variables in the face of such threats as applicant faking?”

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-Personality testing

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Dr. Simon Taggar

Simon Taggar

The Japanese post-war economic miracle was perhaps the backdrop for North America’s first significant exposure to the threat of international competition. In part, the success of Japanese management in the 60s, 70s and 80s hinged on teamwork.  On one hand, teamwork is linked to sustainable competitive advantage, e.g., through innovation. On the other hand, teamwork is linked to monumental failures, e.g., through group-think. Most every theory that talks about human “needs” describes our need to connect with other humans. Teams fulfill this need and may have a huge influence on our well-being and work attitudes. I study team dynamics. I am interested in all aspects of teams - from what makes a good team player to what causes team members to be passionately committed to their organization, from senior management teams to virtual teams, from stress-relieving social support in teams to how perceived social loafing creates a sense of unfairness.

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-Team dynamics


Dr. Yujie (Jessie) Zhan

Jessie Zhan

My research interests include two streams: emotion regulation and retirement. My research on emotion regulation mainly concerns service employees who are required to express a cheerful emotion when they are interacting with clients or customers. I am particularly interested in how service employees react to difficult customers and why they use different strategies to regulate their emotions. My interest in retirement research is stimulated by the aging trend of population. My research aims to explore factors that impact older employees’ retirement decision and retirement adjustment process.

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-Emotion regulation

-Retirement

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