Rick Hackett

Rick Hackett - PhD

  • Human Resources and Management
Area Chair of Human Resources & Management
  • Faculty
Canadian Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour and Human Performance
  • Tags:
  • emba
  • mba
  • phd
  • ug

Contact Information

Email: hackett@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 28193
Website: Visit

Dr. Rick Hackett is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Organizational Behaviour and Human Performance, and Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. He specializes in executive/managerial assessment, leadership, HR recruitment,testing, selection, work attitudes, absenteeism and performance assessment.

Over the past 30 years Rick has provided consulting to a variety of companies, including Hatch, RCMP, Marion Merrell Dow, General Motors, ABB, AFG Glass, IBM China and Hong Kong Post. He has also led a number of global executive workshops and presentations around leading effective teams, HR management best practices and HR resources planning and utilization. Rick has held a number of past executive positions, including serving on the board of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada and for Assessment Strategies, Inc.

  •  Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
  •  M.A., Applied Social Psychology, Univ. of Windsor
  •  B.Sc. Psychology, University of Toronto

Editorial Appointments

Associate Editor:
Journal of Business and Psychology
January 1, 2013 – Present.

Editorial Reviewer Board
Journal of Organizational Behavior
April 2005 – Present.

Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences:
January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2011.

Division Editor:
Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
January 1, 1996 to December 31, 2002.

Editorial Reviewer Board
Journal of Applied Psychology
January 2002 – December 31, 2008  

Guest Editor: Special Issue
Canadian Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology in Canada
January 1, 1996

Doctoral Students Mentored, Year of Graduation and Thesis Title

McNally, J (2013). Examining the Consequences of Employee Perceptions of the Employee-Organization Relationship.

Wang, Q., (2011). A conceptual and empirical investigation of leader virtues and virtuous leadership.

Mirowska, A. (2011). Character at work: A virtues approach to creativity and emotion regulation.

Podolsky, M. (2010). The effects of perceptions of situational strength in HR practices on job attitudes and business unit performance.

Yousofpourfard, H. (2010). Cultural intelligence: A new approach to manage teamwork in culturally diverse teams.

Ababneh, I. K. (2009). The role of attribution and fairness in understanding job applicant reactions to selection procedures and decisions.

Kuzmenko, T. (2009). The effects of transformational and transactional leadership on individual creative performance: Role of followers’ motivation, identity and self-esteem.

Richards, D.A. (2009). Individual differences and leader-subordinate relationships: Examining the relations between individual attachment, emotion regulation, leader-member exchange, and employee behavior.

Changquang, J. (2007). The effects of leader-member-exchange on employee conceptualizations and display of organizational citizenship behavior: A mediation model.

Sears, G. (2005). The dispositional antecedents of leader-member exchange and  organizational citizenship behaviour: A process perspective.

Lapierre, L. (2001). Understanding the links between work commitment constructs.

Taggar, S. (1997). Personality, cognitive ability and behaviour: The antecedents of effective autonomous work teams.

  • Member of the Board, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, (2006-2011);
  • Member of the Professional Standards Committee, Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations (2005-2011);
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Assessment Strategies Incorporated, ( 1997-2000);
  • President of the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Canadian Psychological Association (1994-95);
  • Member, Professional Affairs Committee, Working Group on Test Publishing Industry Safeguards, Canadian Psychological Association, (1992-93).

Administrative Appointments

  • MBA HRM Stream Advisor, 1981-89; Chair, Human Resources Management, 1993-97;
  • PhD Coordinator, 1996-97; Associate Dean, 1997-99; Interim Dean, 1999-2000.

Visiting Appointments

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2001-2003.