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Gary Johns, PhD

Professor, Management

Gary Johns (PhD, Wayne State University) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Honorary University Research Chair of Management in the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal and Adjunct Professor in the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has research interests in absenteeism from work, presenteeism, personality, job design, research methodology, and the impact of context on organizational behavior.  He has published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Discoveries, Research in Organizational Behavior, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, American Psychologist, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Canadian Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, Human Relations, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Journal of Business and Psychology, Canadian Journal of  Administrative Sciences, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Cross Cultural Management, and Psychology Today.  Co-author of Organizational Behavior: Understanding and Managing Life at Work (in 12th Edition, Pearson).  Recipient of Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division's New Concept Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Edwin E. Ghiselli Research Design Award, the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Concordia University Research Award, the award for the Best Article published in Human Relations in 2007, the award for the Outstanding Paper published in Cross Cultural Management in 2013, the 2016 Academy of Management Review Decade Award, and the 2017 Google Scholar Classic Paper Commendation.  Elected Fellow of SIOP, American Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association, Academy of Management, and International Association of Applied Psychology. Former Chair of the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Former Associate Editor, Journal of Organizational Behavior.  Currently on editorial board of Human Relations. Formerly on editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and Applied Psychology: An International Review. Held visiting positions at University of Sheffield, University of Oregon, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Graduate School of Management and Australian School of Business (University of New South Wales), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Singapore Management University, Australia’s Griffith University, the University of Tasmania, and the University of British Columbia.


PhD (Wayne State)

Areas of Expertise

  • Absenteeism from work
  • Impact of context on organizational behaviour
  • Job design
  • Personality
  • Presenteeism
  • Research methodology


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