Laurie Barclay | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Laurie Barclay

Professor and Lang Chair in Leadership
Department of Management
Phone number: 
1 (519) 824-4120 x58022
MAC Rm: 325

Accepting Graduate Students Fall 2025: Yes

Laurie Barclay is a full professor and the Lang Chair in Leadership. Her research interests focus on creating, maintaining, and enhancing healthy workplaces through fairness and justice, leadership, EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion), and related topics (e.g., behavioral ethics, conflict management). 

Laurie Barclay’s research has appeared in top-tier outlets including the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Her research has received numerous awards and has been supported by prestigious grants including the Ontario Early Researcher Award and multiple grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Laurie is also an enthusiastic teacher and mentor who has received multiple teaching awards and commendations including the Alumni Award of Excellence for Mentoring. She is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Ph.D. Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, 2006. Organizational Behavior and Human Resources.

B.A. (Honors) Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, 2000. First Class Honors.

  • Fairness
  • Leadership
  • EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)
  • Behavioral Ethics
  • Healthy work
  • Conflict Management
  • Forgiveness
  • Emotions
  • Aggression

5 most recent publications:

Kiefer, T., Barclay, L. J., & Conway, N. (in press). Applying event system theory to organizational change: The importance of everyday positive and negative events.  Journal of Management.

Bies, R. J., & Barclay, L. J. (2023). Doing justice: Moving from the pain and trauma of injustice to healing. Organizational Psychology Review. 

Bashshur, M. R., Barclay, L. J., & Fortin, M. (2023). Of headlamps and marbles: A motivated perceptual approach to the dynamic and dialectic nature of fairness. Organizational Psychology Review.

Kitz, C. C., Barclay, L. J., & Breitsohl, H. (2023). The delivery of bad news: An integrative review and path forward. Human Resource Management Review, 33(3), 10097.

Brady, D. L., Saldanha, M. F., & Barclay, L. J. (2023). Conceptualizing forgiveness: A review and path forward. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 44, 261-296.


5 most significant career publications:

Barclay, L. J., & Kiefer, T. (2019). In the aftermath of unfair events: Understanding the differential effects of anxiety and anger. Journal of Management, 45, 1802-1829

Barclay, L. J., Bashshur, M. R., & Fortin, M. (2017). Motivated cognition and fairness: Insights, integration, and creating a path forward. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 867-889.

Bies, R. J., Barclay, L. J., Tripp, T. M., & Aquino, K. (2016). A systems perspective on forgiveness in organizations. Academy of Management Annals, 10, 245-318

Barclay, L. J., & Skarlicki, D. P. (2009). Healing the wounds of organizational injustice: Examining the benefits of expressive writing. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 511-523.

Barclay, L. J., Skarlicki, D. P., & Pugh, S. D. (2005). Exploring the role of emotions in injustice perceptions and retaliation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 629-643.



LEAD*6800 Personal Skill Self-Development

LEAD*6420 Developing and Coaching Others 

  • Insight Grant. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (co-applicant). 2022-2026.
  • Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (€184,432.59). 2021-2024. Collaborator (with Francisca Saldanha and Daniel Brady).
  • Insight Grant. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($147,385). 2016-2023.
  • Ontario Early Researcher Excellence Award ($150,000). 2012-2017.
  • Standard Research Grant. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($82,985). 2011-2016.
  • University of Guelph Research Leader Award, 2024
  • Lang Chair in Leadership. 2021.
  • Recipient of the Alumni Awards of Excellence: University Faculty Mentoring Award (Wilfrid Laurier University. 2016.
  • Best Paper Awards
    • Academy of Management (Conflict Management). 2014. 2004.
    • Emerald. 2016.
    • Academy of Management (Management History). 2003.
  • Reviewer of the Year
    • Journal of Applied Psychology. 2020.
    • Journal of Business & Psychology. 2020.
    • Journal of Organizational Behavior. 2013, 2014.

Area of Research

Executive Programs
organizational management