James O'Brien

Associate Professor
Sobey School of Business
Management

Faculty Member Information

Education

Ph.D., Business Administration, Ivey Business School, The University of Western Ontario, 2009
M.B.A., Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2001
M.A., English, Queen’s University, 1992
B.A., English , The Royal Military College of Canada, 1987

Academic Work Experience

2015 - Present, Associate Professor, Saint Mary's University
2012 - 2015, Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University
2006 - 2012, Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario

Non-Academic Work Experience

1987 - 1995, Officer, Canadian Army

Honours

Reviewer Award Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences - 2012
Dancap Private Equity Faculty Fellowship Dancap Private Equity - 2010
Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) Canadian National PhD Dissertation Award Human Resources Research Institute - 2010
Ontario Graduate Scholarship - 2005
Ontario Graduate Scholarship - 2004
Memorial University Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board Award of Excellence Memorial University Faculty of Business Administration - 2001

Scholarly Contributions

Book Chapters

Goodman J, O'Brien James. (2012). "Teaching and learning using evidence-based principles", Handbook of evidence-based management: Companies, classrooms, and research
O'Brien James, Dietz J. (2010). "Maintaining but also changing hierarchies: What social dominance theory has to say", Status, organization and management
O'Brien James. (2006). "Linking poverty and foreign direct investment in developing countries", Multinational corporations and global poverty reduction

Journal Articles

Bryson-Campbell M, Shaw L, O'Brien James, Holmes J. "Exploring the transformation in occupational identity: Perspectives from brain injury survivors", Journal of Occupational Science 23:2 (Spring - 2016), 208-216
Bryson-Campbell M, Shaw L, O'Brien James, Holmes J, Magalhaes L. "A Scoping review on occupational and self identity after a brain injury", Work 44 (Spring - 2013), 57-67
Bansal P, Bertels S, Ewart T, MacConnachie P, O'Brien James. "Bridging the research-practice gap", Academy of Management Perspectives 26:1 (Spring - 2012), 61-77
Rowe W, O'Brien James, Rouse M, Nixon R. "Navy Stories: Behavior versus professional control", Journal of Management Inquiry 21:1 (Spring - 2012), 61-77
O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Leniency: Hidden threat to large-scale, interview-based selection systems", Military Psychology 23:6 (Spring - 2011), 601-615
O'Brien James. "Interviewer resistance to structure", Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice 1:3 (Spring - 2008), 367-369
Rowe W, O'Brien James. "The Role of Golem, Pygmalion and Galatea Effects on Opportunistic Behaviour in the Classroom", Journal of Management Education 26:6 (Spring - 2002), 612-628

Presentation

O'Brien James, Fralich R. "Has our statistical and methodological training "jumped the shark"?", Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (Spring - 2015)
Taraf R, O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Exploring the nature and prediction of job performance profiles", The Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Spring - 2014)
O'Brien James. "What’s the problem? Teaching management with pre-problems", Southern Management Association annual meeting - “Act on Your Research” session (Fall - 2014)
O'Brien James, Pancer E. "Complements to student evaluation of instruction", The Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Conference (Fall - 2013)
McLarnon M, O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Big Five personality and ratings differences in 360-degree performance feedback", The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (Spring - 2013)
Kelloway K, O'Brien James. "Mental health in the workplace: Evidence-based practice requires practice-based evidence", The Annual Meeting of Canadian Psychological Association (Spring - 2013)
O'Brien James. "Desirable difficulties?", Saint Mary’s University Centre for Academic and Instructional Development sessions: Welcome to my classroom: Sharing our practices in teaching (Spring - 2013)
O'Brien James. "Current issues in quantitative methods", Third International Doctoral Consortium (Spring - 2013)
O'Brien James. "Things I wish my academic parents had taught me earlier ", Panelist at Doctoral Professional Development Workshop. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (Spring - 2013)
O'Brien James. "Early perspectives on academic career development: An integrative look at the OBTS Doctoral Institute, the assistant professor experience, and the near future", The Annual meeting of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (Spring - 2012)
Lewis R, Carswell J, Illic T, Illiescu D, Pepper S, O'Brien James. "Risks for leader derailment: A unique contribution beyond full-range leadership", The Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Spring - 2011)
O'Brien James. "Predisposed to derail: The personality correlates of risk for derailment", The Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Spring - 2010)
O'Brien James, Dietz J. "Social dominance theory, social dominance orientation and status in organizations", The Annual Conference of the Academy of Management (Summer - 2009)
O'Brien (Chair and Presenter) James, Goodman J, Rousseau D. "Teaching I-O from an evidence-based management perspective: Frameworks, tools, and lessons learned ", Session at Thursday Theme Track, Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Spring - 2009)
O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Selection interviewer judgment and Personal Fear of Invalidity", The Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Spring - 2008)
O'Brien James, Purdy L. "Selection interviewers: How do they think? What do they think?", The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (Spring - 2007)
O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Interviewer cognitive styles and decision making", The Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Spring - 2006)
Li L, O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Ratee personality predictors of ratings in 360-degree performance feedback", The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (Spring - 2005)
O'Brien James, Purdy L. "Debiasing framing effects of management functional orientation", The Annual Meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (Fall - 2005)
O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Cognitive style as antecedent of decision-making in the selection interview", The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Summer - 2004)
O'Brien James, Rothstein M. "Predicting interviewer resistance to structure in the employment interview", The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (Spring - 2004)

Conference Proceedings

O'Brien James. "Theory into practice: An essay reflecting on six years of teaching evidence-based management to undergraduates", Eastern Academy of Management – International conference (2017 - 2017)

Other Publications

O'Brien James. "Margaret Jefferson (A) and (B)"
Ivey Cases (Spring - 2012)
O'Brien James. "Hiring in small business. "
prepared for the Center for Global Leadership (Spring - 2011)
O'Brien James. "Professor Henry Baker (A), (B), and (C)"
Ivey Cases (Spring - 2008)
O'Brien James. "Grant Hopcroft: City of London Industrial Land Development Strategy"
Ontario Ministry of Finance (Spring - 2004)
O'Brien James. "‘Free thinking in a large box’ or bound and determined?: Senior officer decision making in the Canadian Forces"
The Canadian Forces Leadership Institute (Spring - 2003)
O'Brien James. "All I really need to know I learned at MBA school"
THIS (Spring - 1998)

Service: Institutional Committees

Senate Committee on Continuing Education (Sobey School representative), 2013/04 - None (869)
Member, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge mobilization nominating committee, 2013/03 - None (Member)
Member, Knowledge mobilization working group, 2013/02 - None (Member)
Member, PhD program council, 2013/01 - None (Member)
Member, Hiring committee, Limited term appointments for Mgmt 1281 and 2383, 2012/03 - 2012/03 (Member)
Member, Research advancement committee, 2012/02 - None (Member)
Member, Director EMBA nominating committee, 2012/02 - None (Member)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

External reviewer , 2017/03 - Present
External reviewer , 2017/03 - Present
Representative, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research 2017/01 - 2017/01
Sobey School representative, Union workshop on renewal, promotion and tenure 2016/03 - 2016/03
Board Member, CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 2015/03 - Present
Reviewer, SSHRC 2015/03 - 2016/03
Conference reviewer for the Academy of Management, Academy of Management 2014/03 - Present
Conference reviewer for the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society 2014/03 - Present
Reviewer, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 2014/03 - Present
Facilitator for professional development session in evidence-based management, Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia 2014/03 - Present
Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Administrative Studies, Canadian Journal of Administrative Studies 2014/03 - Present
Reviewer, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Learning and Education 2014/03 - Present
Conference reviewer for the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2014/03 - Present
Invited presenter, ASAC doctoral consortium, ASAC doctoral consortium 2014/03 - 2014/03
Continuing member, CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 2013/04 - Present
Invited facilitator, Teaching debrief for Master of Management, Cooperatives and Credit Unions Program 2013/03 - 2013/03
Conference reviewer for Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2013/03 - Present
Track chair in Management Education for Atlantic Schools of Business 2013 Conference, The Atlantic Schools of Business 2013 Conference 2013/01 - 2013/01
Invited presenter, ASAC doctoral consortium, ASAC doctoral consortium 2012/03 - 2012/03
Member, Board committee on Human Resources, St Joseph’s Health Care 2006/03 - 2010/03

Service: Community

Presentation to prospective university students and parents, 2014/03 - 2014/03