Suzanne Gagnon

Title: 
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour
Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-5820
Email address: 
suzanne.gagnon [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate email address: 
linda.foster [at] mcgill.ca
Address: 

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
H3A 1G5

Degree(s): 

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

Area(s): 
Organizational Behaviour
Office: 
330
Biography: 

Suzanne Gagnon conducts research on social diversity and equality, focusing on change and innovation in this domain, including how actors shift power relations in diverse environments, collective leadership, identity dynamics, and resistance. Her work draws on multi-method qualitative approaches in large organizations in both the private and public sector. Current interests include forms of inter-organizational collaboration in activist organizations. She has also written in the area of innovative pedagogy for leadership development. Professor Gagnon holds several competitive grants in support of her research, ranking second across disciplines for her project, 'Beyond belonging and identification: Revitalizing diversity research" (FRQSC 2014) and 6th nationally for her joint project on “Social innovation in human rights, equity and diversity: Complex systems and discourses of change” (SSHRC 2016). She is a co-lead investigator for a 5-year SSHRC funded Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) entitled DiversityLeads/ DiversitéEnTête (2011-2017).  Her research has been published in leading journals including Organization Studies, International Journal of Human Resource Management,  Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management Journal, Management Learning and others. Professor Gagnon is co-founder of the McGill Interdisciplinary Research Network on Discrimination and Inclusion, an active group of researchers, and member of the Collective Leadership Network founded at New York University. She is an active member and convenor for the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organization Studies, and an Editorial Board member of Leadership, the Sage journal. Professor Gagnon holds a PhD in Management from Lancaster University and a Masters degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from Oxford University. 

Committed to excellent teaching, Professor Gagnon has worked with colleagues within the Desautels MBA integrated core (Managing Resources), unique across business schools, and on the faculty's courses in organizational behaviour, leadership, and cross-cultural management. She regularly supervises participants' theses within the PMBA and in the Joint Desautels-HEC Montreal Executive MBA Program, where she has also served as a Learning Advisor. She was awarded Professor of the Year in 2009 by the Management Undergraduate Society, and has coached winning teams for national and international 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.

Courses: 

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

Group: 
Faculty
Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Leadership & Governance
Learning
Organization Identity
Organizational Theory
Social Hierarchies
Social Innovation
Selected publications: 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Gagnon, Suzanne and Collinson, David (2017) "Resistance through Difference: The Co-constitution of Dissent and Inclusion." Organization Studies. ~Online first (published Feb. 17 2017)

Cukier, Wendy, Gagnon, Suzanne, Roach, Erin & Yap, Margaret (2016) “Trade-offs and disappearing acts: Shifting societal discourses of diversity over three decades.”  International Journal of Human Resource Management. 1-35. Published online Feb. 15, 2016.

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.

 

Chapters in Books

Cukier, W., Jackson, S., Connely, K., Roach, E. & Gagnon, S. (2015) “Beyond Pipelines and Talent Pools: A Comparative Analysis of Women in Senior Leadership Positions Across and Between Sectors in Canada.” In Madsen, S. et al (eds) Women and Leadership Around the World, International Leadership Association Series on Women and Leadership, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc., pp. 147-169.

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 Publishing Inc, pp. 245-276.

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.

 

RESEARCH REPORTS

Cukier, Wendy, Gagnon, Suzanne, Elmi, Mohamed, Mohammed, Shelley et al (2016) Diversity Leads: Women and Visible Minorities in Senior Leadership Positions: A Profile of Greater Montreal 2013-2015. Second report supported by SSHRC CURA (Community-University Research Alliance), Ryerson University Diversity Institute and Desautels Faculty of Management. 2011-2016; 45 pages.

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 2012. First report supported by SSHRC CURA (Community-University Research Alliance), Ryerson University Diversity Institute and Desautels Faculty of Management. 2011-2016; 54 pages. 

Books and Edited Volumes

RESEARCH REPORT

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), Ryerson University Diversity Institute and Desautels Faculty of Management. 2011-2016; 54 pages. 

Chapters in Books

Cukier, W., Jackson, S., Connely, K., Roach, E. & Gagnon, S. (2015) “Beyond Pipelines and Talent Pools: A Comparative Analysis of Women in Senior Leadership Positions Across and Between Sectors in Canada.” In Madsen, S. et al (eds) Women and Leadership Around the World, International Leadership Association Series on Women and Leadership, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc., pp. 147-169.

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: 

Awards

2011: Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division

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

Fellowships

 

 

Grants

1.      SSHRC Insight Program, $166K.

Co-Investigator. 2016-2020. $166,549. Awarded full amount sought.

“Social Innovation in Human Rights, Equity and Diversity: Complex Systems and Discourses of Change.”

With Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University (PI), and Saku Mantere, McGill University.

2.      Le Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), $50K.

Principal Investigator. 2014-2018. $49,967 (maximum amount).

“Revitalisation de la diversité en milieu de travail : étude des pratiques organisationnelles favorisant l'inclusion.” Ranked 2nd across disciplines in the 2014 competition.

3.      SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance (CURA), $1 million.

One of five academic Co-Investigators. 2011-2016. $999,889. Extended to 2017.

“Diversity Leads: Promoting diversity in leadership – an integrated, ecological approach.”

*I am the Montreal lead on this grant, completed with colleagues in Toronto. I contributed 25% of the writing, conceptualization and research design for this large partnership grant.

PI Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University.

4.      Internal Paper Presentation Grants (Competitive) in support of refereed conference presentations, $1.5K.

§  International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC), Lund, Sweden, December 2010,

§  European Group for Organization Studies Annual Colloquium (EGOS), Amsterdam, June 2008.