Organizational Behaviour

Luiz Barreto, an MBA exchange student at Desautels, represented the Faculty as a finalist in the Wharton People Analytics Case Competition, which took place on March 22 in Philadelphia.

He entered the competition under the guidance of Professor Brian Rubineau and his People Analytics course.

Luiz presented his case to a panel of leading industry and academic representatives, as well as competition attendees.

Classified as: Masters of Business Administration (MBA), brian rubineau, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 23 Mar 2018

In a recent opinion piece for Huffington Post Quebec, Desautels Professor Patricia Hewlin uses the box-office sensation Black Panther to illustrate some of her findings on authenticity and conformity in the workplace.

Much like Okoye and Nakia in the film, Prof. Hewlin argues that if employees are empowered by their organization to tap into their true selves, then great benefits are bound to follow for all.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 8 Mar 2018

As businesses expand, Desautels Professor Patricia Hewlin has shown that there is a higher chance for corporate values to misalign with the personal values of people working for them, which can yield harmful results for employees and organizations alike.

According to Prof. Hewlin, “these employees give the illusion of togetherness, but they engage in activity divergent to what the organization wants; resistant sub-cultures are very good at hiding – meaning they only surface when it’s too late.”

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 21 Feb 2018

As it becomes increasingly clear that the leaders of tomorrow will need to have experience working with international markets, Canadian MBA programs are heeding the call to integrate international exposure into their curriculum.

Professor Alfred Jaeger, Academic Director of the MBA program, comments on how the Faculty has made this a top priority.

Classified as: Alfred Jaeger, Organizational Behaviour, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 16 Feb 2018

Suzanne Gagnon, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behaviour, was recently awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant.

Title:  “International Research Workshop on Collective Leadership: Empirical Findings”, May 1st – 3rd, 2018

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Classified as: Suzanne Gagnon, Organizational Behaviour, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Published on: 25 Jan 2018

The “Distances in Organizations” workshop will be hosted by McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal on May 11-12, 2018.

Classified as: Jean-Nicolas Reyt, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 9 Jan 2018

According to new research conducted by Desautels Professor Patricia Hewlin, employees who conform to workplace values that they do not necessarily believe in are more likely to be less engaged at work, or even burn out.

“Managers should encourage employees to voice their opinions without fear of repercussions.

They should create a comfortable work environment and clearly communicate that disagreements can actually be good for business”, advises Prof. Hewlin.

Classified as: Patrick Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 15 Dec 2017

Authors: Linda M.Ippolito and Nancy J. Adler

Publication: Journal of Business Research, Forthcoming


Classified as: Nancy Adler, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 6 Nov 2017

Authors: Nancy J. Adler and Andre L. Delbecq

Publication: Journal of Management Inquiry, Forthcoming


Classified as: Nancy Adler, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 6 Nov 2017

Research by Desautels professor Patricia Hewlin finds that employees often feel pressured to conform to company values to succeed at work, which, ultimately, compromises company performance and employee well-being.

This is especially the case when managers act with a strong sense of integrity. Prof. Hewlin’s research suggests that companies must instead encourage employees to voice their opinions without fear of repercussion.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Authors: Patricia Faison Hewlin, Tracy L. Dumas and Meredith Flowers Burnett

Publication: Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 60, No. 1, February 2017


When employees feel that their values do not match those of the organization, they often respond by pretending to fit in. We examine how leader integrity influences the tendency to create facades of conformity, proposing that employees will actually fake more when leaders are principled. In a laboratory experiment (Study 1), undergraduate students whose values ostensibly differed from those of other discussion group members and the university administration created more facades when they perceived the discussion group leader as having high integrity. A two-wave survey of employed adults (Study 2) replicated the moderation effect and also revealed negative effects of facade creation on work engagement. In both studies, our results indicate that, ironically, when leader integrity is high, the tendency to create facades of conformity in response to low values congruence is magnified. Additionally, our findings reveal that positive attributes in leaders may not always result in positive responses from followers. The results from our study also show that facades of conformity may serve as a partial explanatory mechanism in the relationship between values congruence and employee engagement.

Read full article: Academy of Management Journal

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour, Academy of Management Journal, Desautels 22
Published on: 18 Oct 2017

Desautels professors are behind some of the most unique research projects in the world

This week, we replaced the exterior billboards along the Bronfman building façade. Our new bilingual campaign showcases a diverse selection of change-making students, professors, alumni and McGill Dobson Cup participants.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 13 Oct 2017

Desautels Professor Patricia Hewlin has been invited to serve as guest editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes’ (OBHDP) “Authenticity at Work” issue. Prof. Hewlin was co-author of a study on leader integrity and worker conformity.

OBHDP is one of the Financial Times’ top-50 business journals, and publishes on organizational behaviour and judgement in business.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

A recent Huffington Post article talks about how the old credo of “doing well by doing good” is becoming more integral to business, and quotes Desautels Professor Nancy Adler that we can no longer “create financially successful companies and an equitable … sustainable world by simply applying yesterday’s approaches to business.” The piece goes on to describe how the Ashoka U initiative is bringing these next-gen business concepts to colleges and universities to light the social-innovation fire at the campus leve

Classified as: Nancy Adler, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

Over 30 academics from North America and Europe recently gathered at the Society and Organizations Center (SnO) in Paris for the first edition of the HEC Paris Inequality Research Conference.

The talks hit on subjects like why diversity efforts at most organizations fail and how to fix the issue, the differences in advancement speed between women and men, female tokenism at the board level, and how mental health issues can affect wages.

Classified as: Matissa Hollister, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 15 Jun 2017