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 and Advanced Organizational Behaviour.
Professor Gagnon's research interests include workforce diversity, leadership, identity, organizational identification and power in international firms. She has a particular interest in implications of critical studies in diversity and leadership for organizational change. A current study examines leadership development programs in global firms as sites for identity construction, drawing on critical research in organizational identities. She is interested in alternative theorizing of leadership, and its intersections with gender, embodiment and equality in organizations. She has also written and practiced in the area of innovative teaching designs for leadership development. Professor Gagnon is collaborator and co-author within a 5-year SSHRC funded Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project entitled DiversityLeads/ DiversitéEnTête. Working in partnership, the project aims both to examine 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 Resources Development Review. She is a reviewer for Human Relations, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Organization Studies, Leadership, the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and Academy of Management divisions including Critical Management Studies. Suzanne earned a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management from Oxford University and a PhD in Management from Lancaster University.
At Desautels, Professor Gagnon was involved in the re-design and delivery of the Organizational Behaviour Course Counsellors' Program, unique to Desautels. She has also enjoyed revising and developing the faculty's offerings in the core area of Cross-Cultural Management. She was proud to be awarded Professor of the Year in 2008 by the Management Undergraduate Society. She has regularly coached student teams for international and national case competitions, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Teaching Executives Program. Professor Gagnon has conducted a range of seminars for the McGill Executive Institute, training managers across different industries and the public sector 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.