Ian Gellatly, PhD

Chair/SEM, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
Professor - Chair, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management


Chair/SEM, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management

Professor - Chair, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
(780) 492-5823
4-21A1 Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



Ian Gellatly is a professor of organizational behavior within the Alberta School of Business. Ian received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Western University. In 1993, Ian joined the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge, eventually moving to the University of Alberta in 1998. Within the school, Ian currently serves as Chair of the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management.   


Research Interests

Ian’s research has touched on many topics within the field of organizational behavior, such as leadership, organizational commitment, employee motivation, knowledge sharing/hiding, safety climate, and employee withdrawal (attendance and turnover). His research examines the interplay between person and situational factors in a variety of different contexts, such as virtual work, health-care organizations and professions, non-profit agencies (e.g., employment of persons with disabilities), primary industries (e.g., oil and gas; construction), and ride-sharing (e.g., Uber). Ian brings his expertise with several data-analysis techniques to the project (e.g., structural equation modelling, mixture modelling), as well as experience with experimental designs and longitudinal and cross-sectional studies in field settings. Ian's published work on these and other topics appears in various outlets, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Human Resource Management.  


Editorial Boards

At this time, Ian serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Ian is also an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. 


Over the years, financial support for Ian’s research has been provided by the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). All of Ian’s research complies with the American Psychological Association's ethical principles and code of conduct (APA 2010), and with the University of Alberta's policies concerning research ethics.


A sample of peer-reviewed publications include:

Feeney, J.R., Gellatly, I.R., Goffin, R.D., & Inness, M (2020). Organizational attachment: Conceptualization, measurement, and incremental prediction of work attitudes and outcomes. Journal of Personnel Psychology,19(3), 113–124.

Bonnacio, S., Connelly, C.E., Gellatly, I.R., Jetha, A., & Martin-Ginis, K.A. (2020). The participation of people with disabilities in the workplace across the employment cycle: Employer concerns and research evidence. Journal of Business and Psychology, 35(2), 135-158.

Bonaccio, S., Connelly, C.E., Fisher, S.L., Gellatly, I.R., Gignac, M., & Jetha, A. (2018). Beyond managing research partnerships: Partnered research as an integrated methodological approach. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. 11(4), 613-619.

Aluwihare, D., Gellatly, I.R , Cummings, G.G., & Ogilvie, L. (2018). A contextual work-life experiences model to understand nurse commitment and turnover. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(9), 2053-2063.  

Arnold, K.A., Connelly, C.E., Gellatly, I.R., Withey, M.J., & Walsh, M.M. (2017). Using a pattern-oriented approach to study leaders: Implications for burnout and perceived role demand. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(7), 1038-1056.

Aluwihare-Samaranayake, D., Ogilvie, L., Cummings, G.G., & Gellatly, I.R. (2017). The nursing profession in Sri Lanka: Time for policy changes. International Nursing Review, 64(3), 363–370.

Arazy, O., Gellatly, I.R., Brainin, E., & Nov, O. (2016). Motivation to share knowledge using wiki technology and the moderating effect of role perceptions. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(10), 2362-2378.

Gellatly, I.R., & Hedberg, L.M. (2016). Employee turnover and absenteeism. In J. P. Meyer’s (Ed.), The Handbook of Employee Commitment. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (pp. 195-207).

Elbarkouky M.M.G., Fayek, A.R., & Gellatly, I.R. (2014). Evaluating construction team effectiveness: A fuzzy logic approach. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 3(4), 262-274.

Gellatly, I.R., Cowden, T.L., & Cummings, G.G (2014). Staff nurse commitment, work relationships, and turnover intentions: A latent profile analysis. Nursing Research, 63(3), 170-181.

Arazy, O., & Gellatly, I.R. (2013). Corporate wikis: The effects of owners’ motivation and behavior on group members’ engagement. Journal of Management Information Systems, 29(3), 91-121.

O’Neill, T., Goffin, R.D., & Gellatly, I.R. (2012). The use of random coefficient modelling for understanding and predicting job performance ratings: An application with field data. Organizational Research Methods, 15(3), 436-462.

Gellatly, I.R., & Withey, M.J. (2012). Organisational trust, affective commitment and bureaucratic control. Journal of Trust Research, 2(1), 31-52.

Gellatly, I.R., & Allen, N.J. (2012). Group mate absence, dissimilarity, and individual absence: Another look at “monkey see, monkey do.” European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 21(1), 106-124.

O’Neill, T., Goffin, R.D., & Gellatly, I.R. (2012). The knowledge, skill, and ability requirements for teamwork: Revisiting the Teamwork-KSA Test’s validity. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 20(1), 36-52.

Conference Presentations


McLarnon, M.J.W., Gellatly, I.R., Richards, D.A., & Arazy, O. (2020). Knowledge sharing and employee attachment: A person-centered approach. Academy of Management, Vancouver, August (a version of this paper was presented on-line due to COVID-19).

Connelly, C.E., Bonaccio, S., & Gellatly, I.R. (2020). Managers’ decisions to provide informal accommodations to employees with disabilities. Academy of Management, Vancouver, August (a version of this paper was presented on-line due to COVID-19)


Teaching Interests

Ian teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level seminars. At the undergraduate level, Ian has taught courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. Within the MBA program, Ian has taught human resource management. Ian is active in the PhD program and teaches the doctoral seminar in organizational behavior.

Teaching Experience

  • SMO 301 Behavior in Organizations
  • SMO 322 Theory of Organizational Behavior
  • SMO 311 HRM: Managing the Work Force in Canada
  • SMO 415 Staffing
  • SMO 416 Performance Management and Rewards
  • SMO 500 Managing People
  • SMO 702 Seminar in Human Behavior in Organization


SMO 322 - Theory of Organizational Behaviour

Students who have taken introductory courses in the area will study in greater depth and detail theories of how people work in organizations. These include theories of motivation, leadership, communication, decision making, groups, conflict, change, and others selected by the instructor to cover new ways of thinking about people and organizations. Lecture, case study, and group work will normally be used. Prerequisite: SMO 201, 301 or 310.

Winter Term 2021
SMO 495 - Individual Research Project I

Special study for advanced undergraduates. Prerequisites: consent of Instructor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program.

Fall Term 2020

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