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Patricia Hewlin

Patricia Hewlin
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, Management & Organizational Behaviour, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
MBA, Finance, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
BA, Spanish Language & Literature & English Rhetoric & Literature, Binghamton University, USA

Organizational Behaviour
+1 514 398 4039
Email Address: 
patricia [dot] hewlin [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Alternate Email Address: 
linda [dot] foster [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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Dr. Patricia Faison Hewlin joined McGill University in 2010. She conducts research on how organization members and leaders engage in authentic expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in every day work interactions. Her research has centered on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace those of the organization, a behavior she has termed as “creating facades of conformity”. Her research interests also span to gaining insight on leadership dynamics and how members cope with perceived organizational value breaches in megachurches and other values-driven organizations.

Professor Hewlin received a three-year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) on the following project: Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Performance outcomes and moderating variables influencing how employees experience creating facades of conformity at work. She is published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Group and Organization Management, and edited volumes and books including Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations, and The Business of Culture. Professor Hewlin reviews for the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science.

Professor Hewlin is an active member of the Academy of Management and has recently received an award for the best faculty proposal from the Managerial and Organizational Cognition division’s Diamond in the Rough workshop. Her research has been quoted in several Gannet Online properties including Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic and Des Moines Register. She was featured in Black Enterprise magazine and has appeared on BET News.

Prior to joining McGill University, Professor Hewlin was on faculty at Georgetown University in the McDonough School of Business. Additionally, she has extensive managerial experience as a Vice President at Citigroup, where she received numerous awards for excellence in management and community relations. Additional organizational affiliations include JP Morgan Chase, Johnson and Johnson, The Berkshire Bank, American Express, and the US Department of Agriculture.


MGCR 222 Intro to Org Behaviour 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 321 Leadership 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 401 Leadership Practicum: Soc Sect 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Research Areas: 
Leadership & Governance
Graduate Supervision: 

 Young Ho Song, McGill University

Selected Publications : 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Hewlin, P. F. (2009). Wearing the cloak: Antecedents and consequences of creating facades of conformity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94: 727-741.

Hewlin, P. F. (2003). And the award for best actor goes to...: Facades of conformity in organizational settings. Academy of Management Review, 28: 633-642.

Milliken, F. J., Morrison, E. W., & Hewlin, P. F. (2003). An exploratory study of employee silence: Issues that employees don’t communicate upward and why. Journal of Management Studies, 40: 1453-1476.

Lant, T., & Hewlin, P. F. (2002). Information cues and decision making: The effects of learning, momentum and social comparison in competing teams. Group and Organization Management, 27: 374-407.

Chapters in Books

Rosette, Ashleigh; Carton, Andrew; Bowes-Sperry, Lynn; Hewlin, Patricia (2013). Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace? Integrating Theory on Intergroup Behavior, Organization Science

Roberts, L. M., Cha, S., Hewlin, P. F., Settles, I. (2009). Taking off the mask: Authentic expressions in organizational life. In L. M. Roberts & J. Dutton (Eds.), Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation. Philadelphia: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 149-169.

Lant, T., & Hewlin, P. F. (2005). Creating legitimacy in the new media market. In T. Lant, J. Lampel, & J. Shamsie, (Eds.), The Business of Culture: Emerging Perspectives on Cultural Industries. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Wiesenfeld, B. M., & Hewlin, P. F. (2003). Splintered identities and organizational change. In B. Mannix, M. Neale, & J. Polzer (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Volume 5. San Diego: Elsevier.

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 


2010: “Diamond in the Rough” award for best faculty proposal. Cognition in the Rough workshop at the 2010. Academy of Management Meeting, Montreal QC.

2002: Received commendations for “Teaching Excellence” from the dean and the director of doctoral programs at the Stern School of Business, 2002.


2011-2014: Social Sciences and Humanities Council grant 

2003: Nichols Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2002: National Black MBA Association Doctoral Scholarship
2001: New York University Doctoral Dissertation Grant 

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