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Guillaume Pain

Guillaume Pain
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PhD anticipated 2013
MBA, Telfer School of Business, Ottawa University, Canada
BComm Honours, EDHEC Business School, Lille, France

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Guillaume Pain (MBA, B.Com) is a Research Associate and a PhD student at the John Molson School of Business. His research interests are in the areas of sustainable development, organizational learning and institutional theory. Guillaume has previously worked for 12 years as a trade facilitator, development coordinator and project management consultant in the fields of international trade and overseas development aid, in Africa, Europe and North America.

Research Interests

  • Organizational Learning
  • Knowledge Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Institutional Theory


Explaining differing sustainable behaviors with socially-constructed, institutionally constrained organizational learning.

Selected Research

Conference Proceedings

  • AIPTLF’s 15th Assembly at Laval University, Quebec City, August 2008. “Pratiques d’apprentissage organisationnel auprès d’organisations internationales : De la théorie à la pratique”. AIPTLF stands for Association Internationale de Psychologie du Travail en Langue Française.

Working Paper

  • Pain, Guillaume. 2011. Organizational Learning: An Institutional Perspective. Concordia University, Montreal.
  • Pain, Guillaume. 2011. Organizational Learning: Bridging Theory to Practice. Concordia University, Montreal.

Conference & Seminar Presentations

  • Pain, Guillaume (2011). Quel futur pour l’apprentissage organisationnel ? Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. UQAM, Montreal, Canada.
  • Pain, Guillaume (2010). Clarifying Organizational Learning: Back to the Basics. Annual Graduate Research Exposition. John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Pain, Guillaume (2009). Making Organizational Learning Real. Annual Graduate Research Exposition. John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Pain, Guillaume (2007). Organizational Learning in the Workplace: A Proposed Path from Theory to Practice. Conference and Research Forum “2017: The Workplace”, University of Waterloo, Canada.


Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  • Grading Assistant. Organization Theory and Design (2010)
Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada
  • Invited Speaker. Human Resources Management (November 2007)

Selected Honours & Awards

  • July 2010. Paper "Organizational Learning: Bridging Theory to Practice" won the Human Resources Research Institute’s National Best Master's Thesis Award. This award is sponsored by York University and the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.
  • As of 2005, Lifetime Member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is a recognition for business students in business programs accredited by AACSB International.

Scholarships & Funding

  • John Molson School of Business Entrance Scholarship 2009-2012.

Academic Service

  • Jan.-Feb. 2011. Reviewer. Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting. ONE Division.
  • 2010-11. With the David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business, organized several Ph.D. students meetings with visiting scholars.
  • August 2010. Volunteered with the local arrangement committee during the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • Jan.-May, 2010. Editorial Committee Member, 4th Student Conference on Management Research, HEC School of Business, Montreal, Canada. Focal Area: Knowledge Management.

Career Experience

  • 2009 – current, Research Associate, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • 2002 – 2009, Corporate Development Coordinator & Project Management Consultant, Baastel, Gatineau & Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2000 – 2001, Economist for the French Trade Commission in Cameroon.
  • 1997 – 2001, Infrastructure and Technology Unit Manager for the French Trade Commission in Cameroon.