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O'Sullivan, Sharon

O'Sullivan, Sharon

Associate 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 5125
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 and diversity/inclusion issues in formal training and career development, and situated learning alliances for environmental change. 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 with the School of International Development and Global Studies and is affiliated with the University of Ottawa's Institute of the Environment.

Research Areas
  • Cross-cultural and diversity management
  • Empowerment and career development
  • Situated learning for sustainability
Teaching Areas
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Human Resources
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Behaviour

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • 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.

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 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 HCN Employees . Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue canadienne des sciences de l'administration, 32(3): 189-202.
  • O'Sullivan, S.L. 2013. The Empowering Potential of Social Media for Key Stakeholders in the Repatriation Process. Journal of Global Mobility, 1(3): 264-286.
  • Zander, L., Mockaitis, A.I., Harzing, A.W., Baldueza, J., Barner-Rasmussen, W., Barzantny, C., Canabal, A., Davila, A., Espejo, A., Ferreira, R., Giroud, A., Koester, K., Liang, Y.K., Morley, M.J., Myloni, B., O'Sullivan, S.L., Odusanya, J.O.T., Palaniappan, A.K., Prochno, P.l., Choudhury, S.R., Saka, A., Siengthai, S., Viswat, L. and Soydas, A.U. 2011. Standardization and Contextualization: A Study of Language and Leadership across 17 Countries. Journal of World Business (formerly Columbia Journal of World Business), 46(3): 296-304.
  • Davis, J., O'Sullivan, S.L. and Shaukat, R. 2011. Reflections on "Corporate Greening": A proposed organizational change. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management, 10(11): 31-71.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • O'Sullivan, S.L. 2017. "Technical Report to Participating Organization: Results of the Pilot Study", May 30.

Other Scholarly Contributions

  • (Book review) O'Sullivan, S.L. 2011. "A Look at Management Research in the AID Industry: Are human the forgotten resource in international development NGOs? Review of "The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations". Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 105-107

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
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

*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

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