James Chowhan

Acting Manager Research Data Centres Program Statistics Canada

James joined the PhD program in September 2008. His program of research focuses on the relationship between human resource management practices, such as human capital development and training, and organizational outcomes including innovation and performance. More broadly, he is interested in understanding how workplace practices and employment arrangements contribute to employee outcomes both at an individual and family level.

James has published in International Journal of Selection and Assessment, International Journal of Training and Development, and Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations. He has reviewed for Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and Human Resource Management (Wiley) journal. He is a current member of the Academy of Management, Administrative Science Association of Canada, and Canadian Industrial Relations Association.

Thesis Title: High Performance Work Systems: A Causal Framework of Training, Innovation, and Organizational Performance in Canada

Supervisor: Isik Zeytinoglu

Education

  • M.A., Economics, McMaster University
  • B.A., Economics, University of Guelph

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selection of Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

Chowhan, J. and Stewart, J. M. (Forthcoming).  While Mothers Work do Children Shirk?  Television Viewing and Other Determinants of Youth Obesity.  Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Denton, M., Plenderleith, J. M. and Chowhan, J. (Forthcoming).  Health and Disability as Determinants for Involuntary Retirement of People with Disabilities.  Canadian Journal on Aging/Revue canadienne du vieillissement.

Denton, M., Plenderleith, J. M. and Chowhan, J. (2013). Impact of Type of Retirement on Income for People with Disabilities.  Disability & Society, 28(3), 338-352.

Kitchen, P., Williams, A., and Chowhan, J.  (2012). Sense of Belonging and Mental Health in Hamilton, Ontario: An Intra-Urban Analysis.  Social Indicators Research, 108(2), 277-297.

Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., and Cooke, G. B.  (2012). Are Immigrants’ Pay and Benefit Satisfaction Different than Canadian-born?  Relations Industrielles-Industrial Relations, 67(1),  3-24.

Mann, S. L. and Chowhan, J. (2011).  Selection practices in Canadian Firms:  An empirical investigation.  International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19(4), 435-437.

Mann, S. L. and Chowhan, J. (2011).  Weighting Large Datasets with Complex Sampling Designs: Choosing the Appropriate Variance Estimation Method.  Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 10(1), 110-115.

Cooke, G. B., Chowhan, J., and Brown, T. (2011).  Declining versus Participating in Employer-supported Training in Canada.  International Journal of Training and Development, 15(4), 271-289.

Kitchen, P., Williams, A., and Chowhan, J. (2011).  Sense of Community Belonging and Health in Canada: A Regional Analysis.  Social Indicators Research, 107(1), 103-126.

Kitchen, P., Williams, A., and Chowhan, J. (2011). Walking to Work in Canada: Health, Benefits, Socio-Economic Characteristics and Urban-regional Variations.  BMC Public Health, 11, 212.

Chowhan, J. and Duncan, L. (2009). Generating and Comparing Aggregate Variables for Use Across Datasets in Multilevel Analysis.  Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 8(2), 613-625.

Zeytinoglu, I. U., Cooke, G. B., Harry, K., and Chowhan, J. (2008). Low-Paid Workers and On-the-Job Training in Canada. Relations Industrielles-Industrial Relations, 63(1), 5-29.

Selection of Recent Conference Presentations

Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., and Cooke, G. B. (2012).  Skilled Immigrants & Promotion: Good and Bad News from Canada.  Paper presented at the 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association, Philadelphia, USA, July 2-5.

Zanhour, M., Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., Denton, M., and Plenderleith, J.  (2012). Deteriorated External Work Environment and Work-Family Conflict: The Mediating Role of Workload and the Moderating.  Paper presented at the Work and Family Researchers Network, Inaugural Conference, in New York City, New York, June 14-16.

Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., Denton, M., and Plenderleith, J.  (2012). Perceived Access to Training and Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Symptom Stress.  Paper presented at the 2012 Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 9-12.

Chowhan, J., and Stewart, J. M. (2012). Understanding the Relationship between Parental Work Schedules and Obesity in Children.  Paper presented at the 11th Annual Canadian Health Economist’s Study Group (CHESG) Meeting, University of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, June 6-7.

Cooke, G. B., Zeytinoglu I. U., Mann, S. L., Donaghey, J., Chowhan, J., and Hutchings, D. (2012).  Comparative Analysis of the Employee Effects on Non-standard Work Schedules.  Paper presented at the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, 49th Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May 29-31.

Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., and Cooke, G. B. (2011).  Immigrants and Job Satisfaction within an Era of High Performance Work Systems.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.  Montreal, Quebec, July 2-5.

Zanhour, M., Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., Denton, M., and Plenderleith, J. (2011). Deteriorated External Work Environment and Work-Family Conflict: The Mediating Role of Workload and the Role of Support.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.  Montreal, Quebec, July 2-5.

Chowhan, J., and Stewart, J. M. (2011).  Understanding the Relationship between Parental Work Schedules and Obesity in Children.  Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association.  Ottawa, Ontario, June 2-5.

Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U., Denton, M., and Plenderleith, J.  (2011). Access to Training and Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Stress.  Paper presented at the “Industrial Relations – New Ideas about Work and Workers,” Canadian Industrial Relations Association, 48th Annual Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 2-4.

Cooke, G. B., Mann, S. L., Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I. U.  (2011). Job Satisfaction Among Older Workers in Dead End Jobs.  Paper presented at the “Industrial Relations – New Ideas about Work and Workers,” Canadian Industrial Relations Association, 48th Annual Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 2-4.

Denton, M., Plenderleith, J., and Chowhan, J. (2010). Retirement Decisions of People with Disabilities: Voluntary or Involuntary? Paper presented at the 39th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, Quebec, December 2-4.

Kitchen, P., Williams, A., and Chowhan, J.  (2010). Sense of Belonging and Health: A Regional Geographic Analysis.  Paper presented at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Data Users Conference 2010: Understanding Health Outcomes, Ottawa, Ontario, September.

Mann, S. L., Chowhan, J., Oram, P., and Allen, K. (2010).  Human Resource Management Practices and Lower Wage Workers: Evidence from Statistics Canada’s Workplace and Employee Survey.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 22-25.

Cooke, G. B., Zeytinoglu, I. U., Mann, S. L. and Chowhan, J. (2010).  Work Schedules – Trends and Differences Among Key Worker Sub-groups.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA), Quebec City, Quebec, June.

Chowhan, J., and Cooke, G B. (2009).  Who is Declining Training in Canada?  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June.

Pries, F., Chowhan, J., and Mann, S. L. (2009).  Do Innovative Firms Have Different HR Practices Than Less Innovative Firms?  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June.

Zeytinoglu, I. U., and Chowhan, J. (2009).  Immigrants, Promotion and Job Satisfaction   Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association,  Gatineau, Quebec, May 27-29.

Mann, S. L. and Chowhan, J. (2007).  Choosing the Appropriate Method of Weighting for Large Datasets with Complex Sampling Designs.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August.

Recognition

James was awarded Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS), 2009-2012.

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