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Creating workplaces that promote health, wellbeing and success 

Responding to the changing nature of work

In a time of growing unpredictability, technological change and public scrutiny, the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) helps industry prepare for transformation of work and work environments.

The organization is at the centre of our academic activities

What makes some thrive and others obsolete? Researchers from our departments of accounting, finance, management, marketing and supply chain and business technology management are uniting around the big challenges of our times.

We work to understand the internal environment of organizations: the people, the decision-making units and the systems that make them work.

Putting health first

From 2014 to 2018, work days lost to illness or disability have increased year-over-year in Canada. When our human resources are not functioning at their optimal level, it can be costly. Mobile connectivity has improved our lives but when it comes to work, it also means we’re always on. Our researchers study work-life balance, how to achieve balance so as to decrease stress-related issues, the boundaries that exist between employees’ work and their personal lives, and how these boundaries influence and are influenced by employee attitudes and well-being. We qualify the toll of work-family issues on workers and how leadership behaviour impacts employee commitment and motivation.

Advancing ideas on learning and development

In the past, organizations were responsible for training their workforce. But that responsibility has shifted, and today’s employees are taking charge of their own education. Our researchers examine how technology has revolutionized the world of self-development from e-learning and game-based scholarship, to collaborative learning. Beyond tools, we seek to understand the psychological and societal elements in play when it comes to adult development. For instance, the Concordia University Research Chair in Leadership Development looks at self-motivation, barriers to self-development and how self-reflection incentivizes action. Through this work, we’re able to shape training programs that generate positive results.

Kathleen Boies

Kathleen Boies

Concordia University Research Chair in Leadership Development

Defining what we know about feedback and development

Our RBC Professorship in Motivation and Employee Performance assesses the impact of feedback processes. What role does culture play in how we perceive the need for feedback? What does our need for feedback signal about our self-confidence? Feedback is often viewed as a punctual event — something employees receive once a year. But we have found that it is constantly in play and managers need to be aware of their role as feedback agents.

Stylianos Perrakis

Stéphane Brutus

RBC Distinguished Professorship in Motivation and Employee Performance

Optimizing organizational processes

How do actors in the supply chain arrive at decisions? What tools do businesses need to streamline their processes? What’s the role of technology in negotiation systems and how does it impact our human resources? Our academics, like the Concordia University Research Chairs in Decision and Negotiation Systems, and in Supply Chain Management, evaluate the relationship between operations and other business functions such as marketing, finance and management. We apply fresh ideas like game-theory to analyze issues related to competition and cooperation in supply chains.

Xiao Huang - Photo: David Ward

Xiao Huang

Concordia University Research Chair in Supply Chain Management


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