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Catherine Connelly

Catherine Connelly

Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour

Tier 2 - 2013-07-01


Biography:

Research involves

The experiences and effective management of contingent (non-permanent) workers, how employees interpret and respond to electronic communication, why employees hide knowledge from their coworkers, and workplace stress of leaders.

Research relevance

A thorough understanding of our increasingly complex workplace will promote healthy organizations, effective leaders, and a productive Canadian workforce. 

Transforming Organizations, One Behaviour at a Time

Our work can define us, engage us, take up tens of thousands of hours of our life, and is often the first subject of conversation among new acquaintances who want to know “What do you do?” followed by “Where do you work?”

Canadian workers and the organizations that employ them are faced with an ever increasing set of challenges. Permanent full-time jobs that last for an entire career are becoming increasingly scarce, while independent contractors and temporary workers are more commonplace; even the most important office communications aren’t happening across a desk, but via computer keyboards and smart phone screens; and stressed workers respond to increasingly competitive work environments with knowledge hiding even between coworkers in the same organization.

These transformations in the Canadian workplace are at the heart of Catherine Connelly’s interdisciplinary research program, which analyzes and considers the implication of these changes for workers and for organizations.

By extending mainstream organizational behaviour and psychological theories, Connelly will use her Canadian Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour to discover the true costs to organizations that hire contingent workers, identify the cues that determine how individuals react to – and interpret – electronic communications, and study the conditions, attributes and processes that result in knowledge hiding behaviours. Connelly will also examine how leaders can deal with the high-stress work environment while still maintaining their effectiveness.

Connelly’s research will help to improve the information, communication, training and guidance available to workers and organizations in Canada, in the context of rapid and significant workplace challenges.