Agnes Zdaniuk

Assistant Professor, Leadership & Organizational Management
Department of Management
Phone number: 
ext. 58315
Macdonald Hall (MAC), Room 225

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Dr. Agnes Zdaniuk completed her graduate and post-doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo.  Agnes joined the Department of Business at the University of Guelph in July 2008. Prior to joining the Department of Business, she was a self-employed organizational consultant.  Her overarching research goals are to understand (a) how best to prevent or mitigate unfairness in the workplace, and (b) the personal attributes and situational factors that enable employees to thrive in the face of injustice. Agnes is strongly committed to effective teaching. Her goal is to excite students about course content and aide them in achieving their learning objectives. 

Agnes teaches primarily in the areas of human resource management and organizational behaviour. In the classroom, her goal is to engage students in the course material and to create a classroom environment in which students want to learn and become excited about the course material. She has also mentored (undergraduate and graduate) students in research outside of the classroom.

Agnes has carried out several organizational consulting projects in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Her consultation activities have mainly involved program evaluation in the not-for-profit sector. For example, for the past five years, she was involved in conducting a yearly program evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the Leadership Waterloo Region leadership training program. More recently, she carried out a large evaluation project aimed at understanding whether the work carried out by Leadership Waterloo Region is making a difference in their community, and whether the graduates of the program are becoming engaged in leadership roles. 


  • Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo
  • M.A.Sc., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo
  • B.A., Psychology, Management Science Specialization

Research Interests

Agnes' research focuses on the study of fairness and unfairness in work organizations, including factors that influence aggression, conflict resolution, perceptions of unfairness, and reactions to perceived unfair treatment (e.g., retribution, forgiveness and revenge). Her current research aims to address three questions: Who is most likely to avenge and who is most likely to forgive an injustice, and why?  What factors promote forgiveness and what factors mitigate revenge following the experience of injustice?  What factors underlie justice-based support and opposition to organizational policies that redress social injustice? She has presented her research at peer-reviewed conferences both nationally and internationally, and has co-authored several book chapters.


  • Bobocel, D. R., & Zdaniuk, A. (in press). An identity-based approach to understanding victims’ responses to injustice. To appear in D. R. Bobocel, A. C. Kay, J. Olson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), The Psychology of Justice and Legitimacy. Psychology Press.
  • Bobocel, D. R., & Zdaniuk, A. (2005). How explanations can be used to enhance organizational justice.  In J. Greenberg & J. A. Colquitt (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Justice.  Hillside, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Bobocel, D. R., & Zdaniuk, A. Promoting forgiveness in the workplace:  The importance of perceiving ourselves as connected to others. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R.  Who is most likely to avenge an injustice, and why? The role of the independent self.  Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R.  Self-identity and justice-based opposition to affirmative action. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R. The automaticity of leader behaviour: Does the activation of (un)fair leadership promote fair or unfair follower behaviour? Manuscript in preparation.


  • Bobocel, D. R., & Zdaniuk, A. (August 2007). An identity-based approach to understanding victims’ responses to injustice. Paper presented at the 11th Ontario Symposium on the Psychology of Justice and Legitimacy, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Bobocel, D. R., & Zdaniuk, A. (August 2006). Injustice and revenge: The role of identity. Symposium paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R. (June 2006).  Who is most likely to avenge an injustice and why?  The role of independent self-construal.  Symposium presented at the 67th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Zdaniuk, A., Bobocel, D. R, & Holmvall, C. M. (April 2003).  When should people be treated differently in decision making? Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.
  • Zdaniuk, A., Holmvall, C. M., & Bobocel, D. R. (May 2002).  When will decision makers treat people differently?  Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Convention for the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, British Columbia. 
  • Zdaniuk, A., Holmvall, C. M., Bobocel, D. R., & Son Hing, L. (June 2001). Consistent vs. inconsistent treatment: Perceptions of fairness for self and others. Poster presented at the 62nd Annual Convention for the Canadian Psychological Association, Sainte-Foy, Quebec.


2010 SSHRC GRANTS - 1-year grant to study the Role of Charismatic Leadership in Promoting Employee Revenge and Forgiveness ($31,532).