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 2023: 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:

Brady, D. L., Saldanha, M. F., & Barclay, L. J. (in press). Conceptualizing forgiveness: A review and path forward. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Kiefer, T., Barclay, L. J., Conway, N., & Briner, R. (in press). An event-based approach to psychological contracts: The importance of examining everyday broken and fulfilled promises as discrete events. Journal of Organizational Behavior.  

Hillebrandt, A., & Barclay, L. J. (2022). How COVID-19 can promote workplace cheating behavior via employee anxiety and self-interest – and how prosocial messages may overcome this effect. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 43, 858–877.

Barclay, L. J., Kiefer, T., & El Mansouri, M. (2022). Navigating the era of disruption: How emotions can prompt job crafting behaviors. Human Resource Management, 61, 335-353.

Hillebrandt, A., Saldanha, M. F., Brady, D. L., & Barclay, L. J. (2022). Delivering bad news fairly: The influence of core self-evaluations and anxiety for the enactment of interpersonal justice. Human Relations, 75, 1238-1269.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.