Patricia Hewlin

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.

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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 new study, authored in part by Desautels Associate Professor Patricia Faison Hewlin, explores how leaders who have greater integrity can have an inverse effect on the integrity of their employees. Essentially, followers can take on a façade of conformity, where they pretend to mesh with the company’s values in order to ensure their own success. A leader who is an example of integrity could cause employees to suppress their own values in order to do what they see as most helpful to the leader.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour, harvard business review
Published on: 18 Apr 2017

Teaching and Learning Services supports the McGill commitment to provide all students with a stimulating, innovative and inquiry-based educational experience. We work with faculty, staff and students to create a culture that promotes the importance of teaching and learning – both inside and outside the classroom. We offer individual consultations, program-specific initiatives and universitywide workshops in an effort to continuously explore new ways of encouraging excellence in teaching and learning. 

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin
Published on: 7 Mar 2016

Authors: Burnett, M., Dumas, T., Hewlin, P.

PublicationAcademy of Management

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 20 Nov 2015

McGill Women in Leadership (MWIL), Deautels Women in Business (DWIB), TEDxMontreal Women, the National Women in Business Conference, the Intercollegiate Business Convention. Evidently, as the non-exhaustive list above demonstrates, there are many occasions for women at McGill to thrive and shine in the area of leadership, where they are chronically and critically underrepresented. Within Bronfman, and McGill as a whole, women apply to volunteer, speak, participate, and join a host of clubs and initiatives highlighting female leaders.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, MUS, brian rubineau, Management undegraduate society
Published on: 6 Feb 2015

How do you like your morning coffee - black or double-double? How about an espresso or a vanilla latté, with or without an extra pump of vanilla and whipped cream? What shirt will you wear? How about your shoes? Will you drive to work or take the subway?

You haven't even started your day, but you already have been bombarded with decisions that must be made.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin
Published on: 14 Mar 2014

Authors: Rosette, Ashleigh; Carton, Andrew; Bowes-Sperry, Lynn; Hewlin, Patricia

Publication: Organization Science, February 2013


Classified as: Patricia Hewlin
Published on: 19 Apr 2013