Gordon (Qi) Wang, BS, MBA, MHRM, PhD

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Gordon (Qi) Wang,


Prior to his study of PhD at McMaster University, Dr. Wang worked with a Chinese joint venture for ten years and another Canadian manufacturing firm for three years. He performed many HR roles, such as organization design, HR planning, compensation, performance management, training, health and safety, and job analysis. He also acquired more than 200 hours of training experience as an internal trainer. These corporate training experiences enable him to understand the adult learning processes, trainees’ learning needs, and strategies for knowledge acquisition and retention.

Dr. Wang believes in drawing upon multiple training methods (e.g., lecture, case study, role playing, games, audio-visual presentations, etc.) to deliver up-to-date knowledge of theory and research supplemented with best practices of specific organizations, encouraging lecturer-student and student-student interactions within and after classes, and offering students opportunities to apply their new knowledge and skills to solving applied organizational problems. Beyond getting students to acquire and retain a pool of knowledge, he believes that courses should also aim to enhance students’ critical thinking, self-learning, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.

Academic Credentials

PhD, Management of OB&HR, McMaster University, 2011

Master, Human Resources Management, York University, 2007

Master, Business Administration, Jinan University, PR China, 2001

Bachelor, Industrial Analysis, Dalian Railway Institute, PR China, 1993

Areas of Specialization

Organizational Behaviour

Human Resources

Corporate Governance


Areas of Expertise

Employment Assessment

Leadership Selection and Development

Executive Compensation

Performance Management

Management of Change

Organization Development

Career Highlights

2014 - Present: Professor, George Brown College, Centre for Business

2013 - 2014: Instructor, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Business Management

2012 - 2013: Assistant Professor in HRM, University of Minnesota Duluth, Labovitz School of Business and Economics

2011 - 2012: Instructor, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business

2007 - 2011: Teaching Assistant/Instructor Assistant, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business

2005 - 2007: Management Systems Analyst, Hamilton Kent Company

Other Activities

Student Advisor - University of Minnesota Duluth

Committee Member - Unit Change Committee, University of Minnesota Duluth

Committee Member - DeGroote Learning Experience Committee, McMaster University


Best Paper Award for the Management Education Division, ASAC Annual Meeting in Montreal, 2017

Community Partnership Grants, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2013

The Best Ph.D. Dissertation, Human Resources Professionals Association in Canada, 2012

Graduate Studies Scholarship, McMaster University, 2007- 2011