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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
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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 workplace diversity and equality, leadership, identity work, and power relations in large firms. She has a particular interest in diversity and leadership research as it is linked to organizational/ institutional change and social innovation. Current projects examine international leadership programs as sites for identity construction, alternative theories of leadership as these intersect with 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 articles on diversity, ethics and leadership in journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Human Resource Development Review. She is a reviewer for leading journals and an active member of the European Group for Organization Studies, the Academy of Management and the International  Study of Leadership Conference. She holds a PhD in Management from Lancaster University and a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management 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 leadership and cross-cultural management. She was awarded Professor of the Year in 2009 by the Management Undergraduate Society. She previously led the Organizational Behaviour Course Counsellors' (OBCC) Program, and has regularly coached winning student teams for international and national case competitions. Professor Gagnon has designed and led sessions for the McGill Executive Institute in team building and collaborative leadership. Prior to joining McGill, she taught at both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities in the UK, and consulted in human resources and change management at KPMG Management Consulting.


MGCR 610 Research Paper 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
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  • Winter
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MGCR 651 Managing Resources 4 Credits
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ORGB 380 Cross Cultural Management 3 Credits
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ORGB 429D1 Course not available

ORGB 685 Cross Cultural Management 3 Credits
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Research Areas: 
Leadership & Governance
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



2011-2016: Diversity Leads: Promoting diversity in leadership – an integrated, ecological approach. Funder: Community-University Research Alliances (CURA), SSHRC. Co-Applicant.

Internal research funding; Paper Presentation Grants in support of refereed conference presentations:
2010: International Studying Leadership Conference, Lund, Sweden
2008: EGOS, Amsterdam
2007: OLKC, Ivey Business School

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