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Humans of Telfer – Silvia Bonaccio

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“I have been teaching the undergraduate course in Organizational Behaviour for many years now. While I teach at all levels at the Telfer School of Management, this class is particularly close to my heart. It is a required course, which means that some students are super excited about the material, while others take it because they have to. Regardless, it is wonderful to share my passion for OB with all my students.

It is motivating to show students the relevance of OB regardless of their area of specialization. Various OB concepts have applications that extend beyond a professional setting, such family and friend relationships, or simply life in general. I like to bring in those examples in my discussions. I find that they tend to be useful for students who don’t necessarily have a ton of work experience. These examples allow them to anchor the concepts of the course with something that they are familiar with and then see the applicability of the concepts to the business world.

One of the greatest joys of that class is when I hear from my students who initially didn’t really think they would find this class useful but now they see the applicability of OB to the field that they want to go into later on in life. As a teacher, that is always rewarding.”

- Silvia Bonaccio, Ph.D.
Organizational Behaviour Professor

Note: Professor Bonaccio loves attending the @CASCOTelfer gala to support the CASCO team in their incredible fundraising efforts, which benefit the @CHEOhospital foundation. Her CHEO bear collection continues to grow year after year.

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, this weekly feature of the Telfer Career Blog will contain photography of individuals from the Telfer School of Management community and a corresponding narrative that gives us a glimpse into their lives.