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Magda Donia

Donia, Magda
Associate Professor
B.A. (McGill), M.Sc. (Concordia), Ph.D. (Concordia)
DMS 5150
613-562-5800 x 4773
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Dr. Donia joined the Telfer School of Management in 2011 as an assistant professor of human resource management and organizational behaviour. Dr. Donia earned a Ph.D. in Administration from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business, an M.Sc. from the same university and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University. She is multilingual (fluent in English and Portuguese, and with working knowledge of Spanish and French) having lived in Brazil, Canada and Europe.

Research Interests

Dr. Donia's main research interests focus on individual and organizational giving exceeding formal role expectations. At the individual level, she is interested in why employees perform organizational citizenship behaviors and more specifically, in understanding whether different motivations lead to different contributions. At the organizational level, she is interested in the effect of corporate socially responsible actions within the organization. Among other areas of research, she has also studied the role of peer evaluation systems in improving student performance in higher education. She has presented her research in conferences such as at the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the European Group of Organization Studies, and earned a Best Student Paper Award from the OB division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, as well as a Founders' Award from the Society of Business Ethics. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education and in Career Development International.

Other Interests

Dr. Donia is also interested in international development and cooperation among developing and developed countries toward alleviating poverty and reducing social inequality. She is currently part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-functional team providing university scholarships to public school graduates in the northeastern region of Brazil.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Espinoza, J.A., O'Neill, T.A. and Donia, M.B.L. 2023. Big Five Factor and Facet Personality Determinants of Conflict Management Styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 203: 112029.
  • Wang, Z., Panaccio, A., Raja, U., Donia, M.B.L., Landry, G., Pereira, M.P. and Ferreira, C. 2022. Servant Leadership and Employee Well-being: A Cross-cultural Investigation of the Moderated Path Model in Canada, Pakistan, China, USA and Brazil. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 22(2): 301-325.
  • Donia, M.B.L., Mach, M., O'Neill, T.A. and Brutus, S. 2022. Student Satisfaction with Use of an Online Peer Feedback System. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 47: 269-283.
  • Burry, R.D., Stacey, D., Backman, C. and Donia, M.B.L. 2020. Exploring pairing of new graduate nurses with mentors: An interpretive descriptive study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29: 2897-2906.
  • Ronen, S. and Donia, M.B.L. 2020. Stifling My Fire: The Impact of Abusive Supervision on Employees’ Motivation and Ensuing Outcomes at Work. Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 36(3): 205-214.
  • Naseer, S., Donia, M.B.L., Bashir, F. and Syed, F. 2020. Too much of a good thing? The role of National Culture in the relationship between Core Job Characteristics and Perception of hindrance Stressors and employee performance outcomes. Human Resource Management, 59: 271-289.
  • Donia, M.B.L., Herencia-Carrasco, S., Seck, S., McCorquodale, R. and Ronen, S. 2020. Lead Me by Example: The Theorized Relationship Between Organizational (Non)Compliance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Desired Employee Workplace Outcomes. Sustainability, 12: 1-13.
  • O'Neill, T.A., Larson, N., Smith, J., Donia, M.B.L., Deng, C., Rosehart, W.D. and Brennan, R. 2019. Introducing a Scalable Automated Peer Feedback System for Learning Teams. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 44(6): 848-862.
  • McLarnon, M., O'Neill, T.A., Taras, V., Law, D.S., Donia, M.B.L. and Steel, P. 2019. Global Virtual Team Communication, Coordination, and Performance across Three Peer Feedback Strategies. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 51(4): 207-218.
  • Donia, M.B.L., Ronen, S., Tetrault Sirsly, C.A. and Bonaccio, S. 2019. CSR by Any Other Name? The Differential Impact of Substantive and Symbolic CSR Attributions on Employee Outcomes. Journal of Business Ethics, 157(2): 503-523.
  • Ahmad, I. and Donia, M.B.L. 2018. Do as I Say and Do as I Do? The Mediating Role of Psychological Contract Fulfillment on the Relationship between Ethical Leadership and Employee Extra-Role Performance. Personnel Review, 48(1): 98-117.
  • Donia, M.B.L., Johns, G., Raja, U. and Ben Ayed, A.K. 2018. Getting Credit for OCBs: Potential Costs of being a Good Actor vs. a Good Soldier. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27(2): 188-203.
  • Ahmad, I., Donia, M.B.L., Zafar, M.A. and Shahzad, K. 2018. The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility Attributions on Employees’ Creative Performance: Mediating Role of Psychological Safety . Ethics & Behavior, 29(6): 490-509.
  • O'Neill, T.A., Deacon, A., Gibbard, K., Hoffart, G., Smith, J.B. and Donia, M.B.L. 2018. Team Dynamics Feedback for Post-Secondary Student Learning Teams. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 43(4): 571-585.
  • Donia, M.B.L., O'Neill, T.A. and Brutus, S. 2018. The longitudinal effects of peer feedback in the development and transfer of student teamwork skills. Learning and Individual Differences, 61: 87-98.
  • Donia, M.B.L., Tetrault Sirsly, C.A. and Ronen, S. 2017. Employee Attributions of Corporate Social Responsibility: Validation of a Symbolic/Substantive Measure. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 66(1): 103-142.
  • Jam, F.A., Donia, M.B.L., Raja, U. and Ling, C.H. 2017. A Time-Lagged Study on the Moderating Role of Overall Satisfaction in Perceived Politics- Job Outcomes Relationships. Journal of Management and Organization, 23(3): 321-336.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2023-2025 SSHRC Coping with Service Failure: a Tripartite Model of Service Encounter Toxicity R C Co-I $ 74,830
2019-2025 SSHRC Conflict Profiles in Organizational Work Teams: A New Frontier, Tom O'Neill (PI), Magda Donia, et al. R C Collaborator $ 238,115
2019-2021 SSHRC A Business Case for Protecting Human Rights, Salvador Herencia-Carrasco (collaborator), Robert McCorquodale (collaborator), Sigalit Ronen (collaborator, Sara Seck (collaborator), Magda Donia R C PI $ 54,763
2018-2023 SSHRC How Can managers Support and Ensure the Positive Consequences of Employees' Disclosure of a Mental Health Challenge, Laurent Lapierre (PI), Magda B.L. Donia, et al. R C Co-I $ 207,576
2016-2019 SSHRC Leading multicultural global virtual teams, Tom O'Neill (Co-I), Vas Taras (collaborator), Magda Donia R C PI $ 109,997
2016-2019 SSHRC The Intersection of Teamwork, Culture, and Technology: Enhancing Soft Skill Development in Post-Secondary Education through Student-Centered Feedback, Tom O'Neill (PI), Magda Donia, et al. R C Co-I $ 465,000
2016-2018 Telfer School of Management Research Fund Partnership Development Grant The Antecedents, Manifestations, and Consequences of Mental Illness Disclosure at Work R I Co-I $ 50,000


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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