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Donia, Magda

Donia, Magda

Assistant Professor
B.A. (McGill), M.Sc. (Concordia), Ph.D. (Concordia)
DMS 5150
613-562-5800 x 4773
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Research Areas
  • Organizational Behaviour
Teaching Areas
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Behaviour


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

Chapters in Books

Panaccio, A., Donia, M.B.L., Saint-Michel, S. and Liden, B. Servant Leadership and Well Being. In Page, K.M., Burke, R.J. and Cooper, C.L.. In Flourishing in life, work and careers: Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

Papers in Refereed Journals

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.

Donia, M.B.L. and Tetrault Sirsly, C.A. 2016. Determinants and Consequences of Employee Attributions of Corporate Social Responsibility as Substantive or Symbolic. European Management Journal, 34(3): 232-242.

Naseer, S., Raja, U. and Donia, M.B.L. 2016. Effect of Perceived Politics and Perceived Support on Bullying and Emotional Exhaustion: The Moderating Role of Type A Personality. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 150(5): 606-624.

Donia, M.B.L., Johns, G. and Raja, U. 2016. Good Soldier or Good Actor? Supervisor Accuracy in Distinguishing between Selfless and Self-Serving OCB Motives. Business and Psychology, Journal of, 31(1): 23-32.

Naseer, S., Raja, U., Syed, F., Donia, M.B.L. and Darr, W. 2016. Perils of Being Close to a Bad Leader in a Bad Environment: Exploring the Combined Effects of Despotic Leadership, Leader Member Exchange, and Perceived Organizational Politics on Behaviors. Leadership Quarterly, 27(1): 14-33.

Donia, M.B.L., Raja, U., Panaccio, A. and Wang, Z. 2016. Servant Leadership and Employee Outcomes: The Moderating Role of Subordinates' Motives. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(5): 722-734.

Jam, F.A., Donia, M.B.L., Raja, U. and Ling, C.H. 2016. A Time-Lagged Study on the Moderating Role of Overall Satisfaction in Perceived Politics- Job Outcomes Relationships. Management and Organization, Journal of.

Bérubé, N., Donia, M.B.L., Gagné, M. and Houlfort, N. 2016. Validation of the Satisfaction with Work Scale (SWWC). International Journal of Psychological Studies.

Brutus, S., Donia, M.B.L. and Ronen, S. 2013. Can Business Students Learn to Evaluate Better? Evidence from Repeated Exposure to a Peer Evaluation Process. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 12(1): 18-31.

Brutus, S. and Donia, M.B.L. 2010. Improving the Effectiveness of Students in Groups with a Centralized Peer Evaluation System. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 9(4): 652-662.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
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 R C Co-I $ 465,000
2016-2019 SSHRC Leading multicultural global virtual teams, Tom O'Neill (Co-I), Vas Taras (collaborator), Magda Donia R C PI $ 109,997
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
2014-2016 SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded) Is doing good enough? The effect of corporate good deeds on employees, Carol-Ann Tetrault Sirsly (PI), Magda Donia R F Co-I $ 74,200
2014-2016 SSHRC The Use of Peer Feedback for Enhancing Performance in Virtual Teams, Tom O'Neill (Co-I), Stephane Brutus (collaborator), Vas Taras (collaborator), Magda Donia R C PI $ 74,703
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
2013-2015 SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded) Validation of a Student Peer Evaluation System (PES) for the Creation and Transferability of Soft Skills from Canadian Business Schools to the Workplace , Stephane Brutus (Co-I), Daniel Skarliki (Co-I), Lisa Keeping (Co-I), Lorne Sulsky (collaborator), He R F PI $ 74,558
2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Survey methodology used in data collection (UROP-Talib Karamally) R I PI $ 500
2012-2014 SSHRC Putting the needs of others above my own: The impact of cultural values on the manifestations and outcomes of servant leadership, Alexandra Panaccio (PI), Usman Raja (Co-I), Magda Donia R C Co-I $ 49,351
2012-2014 SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded) Doing Good or Just Good Enough? How Corporate Good Deeds Inspire Employees to Exceed, Carol-Ann Tetrault Sirsly (Co-I), Magda Donia R F PI $ 53,152
2012-2013 Telfer-Sprott Research Fund Cross-Level Impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility on Employee Behaviors R I PI $ 10,000
2011 School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Does Going Green Affect Employee Behaviors in the Organization? How Corporate Social Actions Influence Employees to Exceed Formal Job Expectations R I PI $ 6,000

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

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator