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Sharon O'Sullivan (She/Her)

O'Sullivan, Sharon
Full Professor
B.C.Sc. (Carleton), M.B.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Toronto), CQ Certified - Advanced (Cultural Intelligence Center (CIC)), CHRL (Certified Human Resource Leader) (Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) )
DMS 10148
613-562-5800 x 4436
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Sharon L. O'Sullivan specializes in cross-cultural communication for knowledge exchange and expatriate adjustment, power dynamics in formal training and career development, and situated learning alliances for sustainability. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with a variety of tri-sector organizations, including Canadian Feed the Children, Oxfam Canada, CARE Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and the Government of Canada's Diversity and Inclusion Joint Union-Management task force.

Sharon has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and the European Management Journal, among other venues. Her work has received "best reviewer" and "best paper" distinctions at a number of conferences, including the Academy of Management and the European Academy of Management. She has been certified as a human resource leader (CHRL) by the Human Resource Professionals Association of Ontario, and as a Cultural Intelligence facilitator (CQ-Certified, Advanced) by the Cultural Intelligence Center of East Lansing, Michigan. She holds a cross-appointment for graduate student supervision with the University of Ottawa's Institute of the Environment.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • O'Sullivan, S.L. 2017. Applying Cultural Intelligence to Religious Symbols in Multinationals. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, 24(2): 365-382.
  • Bonaccio, S., O'Reilly, J., O'Sullivan, S.L. and Chiocchio, F. 2016. Nonverbal Behavior and Communication in the Workplace-A Review and an Agenda for Research. Journal of Management, 42(5): 1044-1074 .
  • O'Sullivan, S.L. 2015. Funding Conditions for Aid Effectiveness: A mixed blessing for the Sustainable Development of Host Country National Employees . Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue canadienne des sciences de l'administration, 32(3): 189-202.

Chapters in Books

  • Bonaccio, S., O'Reilly, J., O'Sullivan, S. and Li, Y. Nonverbal Communication in Work Contexts. In Griffin, R.. Oxford Bibliographies in Management. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Zander, L., Mockaitis, A.I., Harzing, A.W., Barner-Rasmussen, W., Barzantny, C., Davila, A., DeLeon, J., Espejo, A., Ferreira, R., Giroud, A., Koester, K., Liang, Y.K., Morley, M.J., Myloni, B., Odusanya, J.O.T., O'Sullivan, S.L., Palaniappan, A.K., Prochno, P., Choudhury, S.R., Saka-Helmout, A., Siengthai, S., Soydas, A.U. and Viswat, L. Action Intent: Getting closer to leadership behavior in 22 countries. In Research Handbook of Global Leadership: Making a Difference. London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020.
  • O'Sullivan, S.L. A 3-part Action Learning Project to Train the Trainers for Sustainability. In Janasz, S. and Crossman, J.. Teaching Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.
  • Bonaccio, S., O'Reilly, J. and O'Sullivan, S. Nonverbal Communication in Work Contexts. In Griffin, R.. Oxford Bibliographies in Management. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • O'Sullivan, S.L. 2017. "Technical Report to Participating Organization: Results of the Pilot Study", May 30, to identify the relevant criteria for a formative evaluation of an indigenous training program.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2018-2023 SSHRC The Dynamics of Indigenous Developmental Relationships for Environmental Work: Bridging micro and macro levels of analysis R C PI $ 133,405
2017 Telfer School of Management Research Grants (SMRG) A pilot study to identify the relevant criteria for a formative evaluation of an indigenous training program R I PI $ 8,410
2013-2015 Telfer School of Management Cluster Program, University of Ottawa Executive Presence: In Search of an Elusive Leadership Trait R I Co-PI $ 20,000


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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