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Professor Gagnon Ranks Second in Annual Grants Competition of the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture

Fri, 2014-05-16 14:14

Professor Suzanne Gagnon’s grant proposal entitled, “Revitalizing organizational diversity: Towards new knowledge of inclusive practices and why they work,” was ranked second of applications across all disciplines in the 2014 competition by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs. The study, which received funding for three years, addresses several gaps in current research.

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Suzanne Gagnon

Suzanne Gagnon
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, Management, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
MSc, Management (Human Resources and Industrial Relations), Oxford University, United Kingdom
BJourn (Hons), School of Journalism, Carleton University, Canada
BA, Political Science, University of British Columbia, Canada

Organizational Behaviour
+1 514 398 5820
Email Address: 
suzanne [dot] gagnon [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Alternate Email Address: 
darlene [dot] fowler [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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Prof. Suzanne Gagnon is a member of the Organizational Behaviour Area of the Desautels Faculty of Management. She teaches in the integrated core of Desautels’ MBA and Professional MBA Programs, and designs and leads courses in Cross-Cultural Management, Leadership and Organizational Behaviour.

Professor Gagnon conducts research in organizational change, collective forms of leadership, and identity dynamics. She has a particular interest in diversity/inequality and leadership research as it is linked to institutional change and social innovation. Current projects examine international leadership programs as sites for identity construction, institutional understandings of gender, and identity work and status relations in diverse environments. She has also written and practiced in the area of innovative teaching designs for leadership development. Professor Gagnon is a co-lead for a 5-year SSHRC funded Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) entitled DiversityLeads/ DiversitéEnTête (2011-2016). Working in partnership, the project aims both to research and improve diversity within leadership ranks of large employers. Prof Gagnon has published in leading journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Human Resource Development Review. She is an active member, reviewer, and convenor within the European Group for Organization Studies and the Academy of Management. She holds a PhD in Management from Lancaster University and a Masters degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from Oxford University.

Committed to excellent teaching, Professor Gagnon works with colleagues within the Desautels MBA integrated core (Managing Resources), unique to the faculty, and on the faculty's courses in organizational behaviour, leadership and cross-cultural management. She regularly supervises participants in the Joint Desautels-HEC Montreal Executive MBA Program. She was awarded Professor of the Year in 2009 by the Management Undergraduate Society, and has regularly coached winning student teams for international and national case competitions. Prior to joining McGill, she taught at both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities in the UK, and consulted in organizational change for KPMG Management Consulting.


MGCR 610 Research Paper 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 651 Managing Resources 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 429D1 Course not available

ORGB 685 Cross Cultural Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Research Areas: 
Leadership & Governance
Organization Identity
Organizational Theory
Social Hierarchies
Social Innovation
Graduate Supervision: 

PhD Supervision (with Lisa Cohen): Rolland Mougenot

Selected Publications : 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Gagnon, Suzanne and Collinson, David (2014), "Rethinking Global Leadership Development Programmes: The Inter-related Significance of Power, Context and Identity," Organization Studies, 35(5): 645-670. 

Gagnon, Suzanne, Vough, Heather & Nickerson, Robert (2012), “Learning to Lead, Unscripted: Using Improvisational Theatre to Teach Affiliative Leadership,” Human Resource Development Review, 11: 299-325.

Cornelius, N., Martinez Lucio, M., Gagnon, S., Wilson, F. & Mackenzie, R.(2012), "Ethnicity, Equality and Voice: The Ethics and Politics of Representation and Participation in Relation to Equality and Ethnicity," Journal of Business Ethics, 97:1-7.

Gagnon, Suzanne (2008), "Compelling identity: Selves and insecurity in global, corporate management development," Management Learning, 39:4, pp. 375-391.

Kessler, Ian, Heron, Paul and Gagnon, Suzanne (2006), “The fragmentation of pay determination in the British civil service: A union member perspective,” Personnel Review, 35:1, pp. 6-28.

Cornelius, N. and Gagnon, S. (2004), "Still bearing the mark of Cain? Ethics and inequality measurement," Business Ethics: A European Review, 13:1, pp. 26-40.

Gagnon, S. and Cornelius, N. (2000), "Re-examining workplace equality: the capabilities approach," Human Resource Management Journal, 10:4, pp. 68-87.


Cukier, Wendy, Gagnon, Suzanne, Bindhani, Pinoo, Khennache, Lylia et al (2013) "Diversity Leads: Women and Visible Minorities in Senior Leadership Positions: A Profile of Greater Montreal." First report supported by SSHRC CURA (Community-University Research Alliance), 2011-2016.

Books and Edited Volumes

Chapters in Books

Cukier,W., Gagnon,S., Lindo,L.M., Hannan,C. & Amato,S. (2013), "A Critical Ecological Model to Enabling Change: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion." In Murphy, J., Virpi, M & Siltaoja, M. (Eds). Getting Things Done: Practice in Critical Management Studies. Dialogues in Critical Management Studies, Volume Two, Emerald, 2013 forthcoming.

Gagnon, Suzanne & Lirio, Pamela (2011), “Learning from bicultural experts: Intercultural knowing-in- practice.” Christiansen, Bryan (Ed). Cultural Variations and Business Performance: Contemporary Globalism. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Inc.

Gagnon, S. (2002), "Building on a vision: inclusive meritocracy in a major multinational energy company," in Cornelius, N. (ed.) Building Workplace Equality: Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, London: Thomson International Business Press, pp. 297-303.

Gagnon, S. and Cornelius, N. (2002), "From equal opportunities to managing diversity to capabilities: a new theory of workplace equality?" in N. Cornelius, (ed.) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work Organizations, London: Thomson International Business Press, pp. 13-58.

Gagnon, S. (2000), "Ethics and Human Resource Management", in Cornelius, N. (ed.) HRM: A Managerial Perspective, 2nd ed. London: Thomson International Business Press.

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 


2009: Professor of the Year, Management Undergraduate Society, Desautels Faculty of Management

2003-2007: Lancaster University Doctoral Studentship, 2003-2007 (competitive, maximum duration)

2003-2004:Faculty Student Life Award, Desautels Faculty of Management

1999, 2000: Internal Research Scholar (competitive), Oxford Brookes University

1994: Philip Nind Prize for Best Master’s Thesis in the Area of Human Relations, British Foundation for Management Education

1993, 1994: Oxford Overseas Bursary, 1993 and 1994



Le Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) Établissement de nouveaux
professeurs-chercheurs: “Revitalisation de la diversité en milieu de travail : étude des pratiques
organisationnelles favorisant l'inclusion” Principal Investigator. Awarded April 2014. $49,967. Grant
extends to 2017. Ranked 2nd of 31 across disciplines in the 2014 competition.

SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance (CURA): “Diversity Leads: Promoting diversity in
leadership – an integrated, ecological approach.” One of five Co-Investigators. PI Wendy Cukier.
Awarded grant of $999,889.00 for the period 2011-2016.

Internal Competitive Paper Presentation Grants in support of refereed conference presentations.
 December 2010, International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC), Lund, Sweden
 June 2008, European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), Amsterdam

Le déficit des femmes

Tue, 2013-02-19 09:33

On a beau en parler depuis des lunes, les femmes sont toujours aussi rares dans les postes de direction, encore plus celles qui viennent d'une minorité visible. À cause de son inertie, le Canada perd même du terrain dans l'égalité homme-femme, par rapport à d'autres pays. Et c'est l'ensemble de la société qui en paie le prix.

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Few women and visible minorities among the senior decision-making ranks

Thu, 2013-02-07 10:39

MONTREAL, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – While women have gained ground, accounting for 31.2% of senior leadership roles in Montreal, visible minorities remain more markedly underrepresented in these ranks. In spite of accounting for 22.5% of the population, only 5.9% of senior leaders were visible minorities according to a study led by researchers from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute.

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DiversityLeads - Women and Visible Minorities in Senior Leadership Position: A Profile of Greater Montreal

Thu, 2013-02-14 09:52

Lead researchers: Cukier, W.; Gagnon, S.; Roach, E.; Holmes, M.; Khennache, Lylia; Pinoo, B.; Saekang, A.

Project Summary:

This report is the second publication in the DiversityLeads series, followuing a 2012 report profiling women in senior leadership positions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It is also the first of its kind to profile and provide insight on where, how, and why women and visible minorities in Greater Montreal are advancing to senior leadership positions.

Specifically, this project:

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Learning to Lead, Unscripted: Developing Affiliative Leadership Through Improvisational Theatre

Wed, 2012-09-05 11:40

Authors: Gagnon, Suzanne; Vough, Heather C.; Nickerson, Robert


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