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


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, 2011Master, Human Resources Management, York University, 2007Master, Business Administration, Jinan University, PR China, 2001Bachelor, Industrial Analysis, Dalian Railway Institute, PR China, 1993

Areas Of Specialization

Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Corporate Governance, Leadership

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 Business2013 - 2014: Instructor, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Business Management2012 - 2013: Assistant Professor in HRM, University of Minnesota Duluth, Labovitz School of Business and Economics2011 - 2012: Instructor, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business2007 - 2011: Teaching Assistant/Instructor Assistant, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business2005 - 2007: Management Systems Analyst, Hamilton Kent Company

Other Activities

Student Advisor - University of Minnesota DuluthCommittee Member - Unit Change Committee, University of Minnesota DuluthCommittee Member - DeGroote Learning Experience Committee, McMaster University


Best Paper Award for the Management Education Division, ASAC Annual Meeting in Montreal, 2017Community Partnership Grants, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2013The Best Ph.D. Dissertation, Human Resources Professionals Association in Canada, 2012Graduate Studies Scholarship, McMaster University, 2007- 2011


An Exploratory Study of the Effectiveness of Flipped Classroom in Higher Education. with Voulakos, J., and Speers, E., Conference Proceeding, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (ASAC), 2017.

Conceptualization and Measurement of Virtuous Leadership: Doing Well by Doing Good. with Hackett R., Peer Reviewed Journal Article, Journal of Business Ethics, 137(2), 321-345. 2016.

The Evolution of CEO Compensation over the Organizational Life Cycle: A Contingency Explanation. with Singh, P., Peer Reviewed Journal Article, Human Resource Management Review, 24(2), 144-159. 2014.

John R. Wooden, Stephen R. Covey, and Servant Leadership: A Commentary. with  Hackett, R. D., Commentary, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(1), 39-40. 2014.

Virtues and Leadership: An Integrating Conceptual Framework Founded in Aristotelian and Confucian Perspectives on Virtues. with Hackett, R. D., Peer Reviewed Journal Article, Management Decision, 50(5), 868-899. 2012.