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October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Patricia Genoe McLaren

Associate Professor and Area Coordinator, Business Technology Management

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5938

Office Location: SC Johnson - SCJ 309
Office Hours: by appointment
Personal Website:
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Academic Background

PhD Management, Saint Mary's University

MASc Management of Technology, University of Waterloo

BSc Computing and Information Sciences, University of Guelph


My general research focus lies in the areas of management history in the Cold War era, including the development of the business school, leadership, and the management of professionals. Most of my research is from a critical perspective, mainly conducted using critical discourse analysis and critical hermeneutic analysis based on interview and archival data. I do also, however, conduct more mainstream research using quantitative analysis of statistical data and positivist qualitative analysis of interview data.

My current work includes critical discourse analyses of the societal discourse of leadership, leadership undergraduate education, and leadership development for women, and a more positivist approach to leadership development for Certified Management Accountants. I am also studying the history of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, and its struggle for organizational legitimacy. I have recent publications in Management & Organizational History, Journal of Management History, and Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

Through my teaching and professional background, I also have an interest and expertise in project management, organizational culture and change, organizational behaviour, and organizations and social change.

Additional Information

Courses Taught:

MB385 Systems Analysis and Design

MB375 Technology and Innovation Management

MB115 Information Technology

OL224 Organizational Leadership

OL260 Organizations and Social Change

OL270 Occupations and Professions

OL340 Leadership, Organizational Culture, and Change

OL430 Advanced Topics in Leadership

OL480 Project Management