Psychological Contracts, Context and Evidence-based Management: A Conversation with Dr. Denise Rousseau

March 22, 2022 | Hamilton, ON
Contributed by International Journal of Comparative Management

In conversation with DeGroote professor of HR Management, Dr. Vishwanath Baba

Dr. Rousseau is one of the great minds in management. She has been called one for developing the theory of the psychological contract in her book entitled Great Minds in Management. Her work addresses the powerful reach that the individual worker’s understanding of the employment relationship has on work groups, firms, and society.

Her recent book, Evidence-Based Management: How to Use Evidence to Make Better Organizational Decisions (co-authored with Eric Barends), has been adopted by over 80 universities, and she is a two-time recipient of the George Terry Award for best management book from the Academy of Management for her books.

From 2004-2005, Dr. Rousseau served as the President of the Academy of Management and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior from 1998 to 2007. She also founded the Evidence-Based Management Collaborative, a network of scholars, consultants, and practicing managers to promote evidence-informed organizational practices and decision making. She has served on panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Education among others and on the editorial boards of various scholarly management journals.

Among her numerous other awards and accolades, Dr. Rousseau received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of Management, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Michael Losey Career Award from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is currently the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Tepper School of Business.


IJCM aims to publish mainly comparative studies in all fields of management including accounting, corporate strategy, finance, information systems, international business, human resources, marketing and organisational behaviour. The journal is a focal venue for research grounded in comparative perspectives such as context, ownership, strategy, communication, performance and methods. IJCM invites all forms of comparative investigations leveraging theoretical or empirical observations using qualitative or quantitative methods based on survey, interview or archival data.

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