Ian Gellatly, PhD

Alex Hamilton Professor of Business, Alberta School of Business - Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management

Pronouns: he, him


Alex Hamilton Professor of Business, Alberta School of Business - Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
(780) 492-5823
4-21B Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



Ian R. Gellatly is a professor of organizational behavior and human resources management at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He received his PhD from Western University in industrial and organizational psychology.  Before coming to Alberta School of Business in 1998, Gellatly spent five years at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge. 


Topics and Contexts

Gellatly’s research interests include topics such as diversity/inclusion (people with disabilities), leadership, work attitudes, 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). Gellatly's published work appears in world-class outlets, such as Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management Information Systems, and Human Resource Management.  

Professional Associations and Editorial Boards

In terms of his service to the broader academic community, Gellatly is an active member of the Academy of Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association. Furthermore, he serves as a consulting editor on the board of the Journal of Applied Psychology. 


Over the years, financial support for Gellatly's research has been provided by the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). All of his 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.

Selected Publications

A sample of recent peer-reviewed publications include:

Martin Ginis, K.A., Sinden, A.R., Bonaccio, S., Labbé D., Guertin, C., Gellatly, I.R., Koch, L., Mortenson, W.B., Routhier, F., Bashan, C.A., Jetha, A., & Miller, W. (2024).  Experiential aspects of participation in employment and mobility for adults with physical disabilities: Testing cross-sectional models of contextual influences and well-being outcomes. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 105, 303-313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2023.08.004   

McLarnon, M. J. W., Gellatly, I. R., Richards, D. A., & Arazy, O. (2023). Knowledge sharing processes and the role of attachment patterns, Journal of Knowledge Management, 27(5), 1343-1365. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-08-2021-0622  

Jing, E.L., Gellatly, I.R, Feeney, J.R., & Inness, M. (2023). Social undermining and three forms of organizational commitment: The moderating mole of employees’ attachment style. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 22(1), 31-42. https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000307 

Jing, E.L., Inness, M., & Gellatly, I.R. (2023). The effect of alcohol consumption on workplace aggression: What’s love (and job insecurity) got to do with it?  Journal of Managerial Psychology, 38(1), 60-72.  https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-09-2021-0513 

Hancock, A., Gellatly, I.R., Walsh, M.M., Arnold, K.A., & Connelly, C.E. (2023). Good, bad, and ugly leadership patterns: Implications for work-related and context-free outcomes. Journal of Management, 49(2), 640-676. https://doi.org/10.1177/01492063211050391 

Ho, J.A., Bonaccio, S., Connelly, C.E., & Gellatly, I.R. (2022). Representative-negotiated i-deals for people with disabilities. Human Resource Management. 61(6), 681–698.  https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22118 

Bormann, K.C., & Gellatly, I.R. (2022). It’s only abusive if I care: The moderation of organizational concern on abusive supervision, stress and work behaviors. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 21(3), 125–136. https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000295 

Lefsrud, L., McLarnon, M.J.W., & Gellatly, I.R. (2021). A pattern-oriented approach to safety climate: An empirical example. Safety Science, 142. DOI for the online article is: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105385 

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. https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000252 

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. http://dx.doi.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/10.1007/s10869-018-9602-5 

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. http://dx.doi.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/10.1017/iop.2018.123 

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13718 

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2182 

´╗┐Conference Presentations


Bonaccio, S., Connelly, C.E., McLarnon, M.J.W., & Gellatly, I.R. (2024). Who do Managers Decide to Accommodate? The Case of Employees With and Without Disabilities. Paper to be presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, August. 

Gellatly, I.R., & Jing, E.L. (2024). Profiles of Organizational Commitment: Implications for Work Relationships. Paper to be presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, August. 


Teaching Interests

Within the Alberta School of Business, Gellatly teaches courses in organizational behavior and human resource management at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


SEM 301 - Behavior in Organizations

Provides an understanding of the behavior of individuals in organizations. Draws from psychology, sociology, organization theory and covers topics such as personality, motivation, leadership, communication, conflict, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Not open to students in the Faculty of Business. Open only to students from other faculties where the course is a requirement. Not to be taken by students with credit in SEM 200, 201 or 310.

SEM 500 - Managing People

Introduces students to organizational behavior (OB) and human resource management (HRM), and how to generate energy and commitment in employees. Examines options relevant to staffing, performance management, reward systems, leadership, motivation, decision making, communication, labor relations, and current issues in the field of management. Credit will not be given for SEM 500 when ORG A 500 or 503 or 504 have been completed.

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