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Steven H. Appelbaum

Professor, Department of Management

Dr. Steven Appelbaum started on his path towards academia in his birthplace of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. at Temple University in Marketing and Management as well as an M.A. at St. Joseph’s University in Social Science. When it came time to pursue his doctoral studies, Dr. Appelbaum went north to the University of Ottawa and focused his research on organizational behaviour. In 1979, he was recruited by Concordia as a faculty member and has remained here to this day. He served as Dean of the John Molson School of Business from 1983 to 1990.

Dr. Appelbaum’s current research is centred mainly on downsizing, managing change, and transformational behavioural management.

During his tenure at Concordia, Dr. Appelbaum has received numerous accolades and honours, including:

Being given the Leaders in Management Education Award in 1998. Sponsored by the Financial Post and Bell Canada, this award spotlights the achievements of academics specializing in business according to a specific criterion that includes teaching excellence, pedagogical and professional leadership, publishing and research, and an active contribution to management practice. Of the approximately 2,400 faculty members teaching and researching business in Canada, Dr. Appelbaum was one of only four who were recognized in that year.

Being credited as the author of the Top Canadian Book for Contemporary Canadian Business, published in 1998 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada, Ltd.

Receiving the Best Paper prize for two years running at the International Business and Economics Research Conference. At the 2003 Conference in Las Vegas, Dr. Appelbaum won the award for “The Client-Consulting Relationship: A Case Study of Critical Success Factors in a Telecommunications Organization,” and at the 2004 Conference in Miami, he and co-author Barbara Shapiro won the award for “The Effects of Communications and Culture Upon an NPO Merger: A Cross Method Analysis.”

In 2005, receiving the award Most Downloaded Articles Top 50 (sponsored by the Emerald Literati Network) for “Strategic Organizational Change: The Role of Leadership, Learning, Motivation and Productivity,” in Management Decision.

In 2005, receiving the award Most Downloaded Articles Top 200 (sponsored by Emerald Literati Network) for “Empowerment: Power, Culture and Leadership - A Strategy or Fad for the Millennium?” in The Journal of Workplace Learning.

Being appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Management Research News, Emerald/MCB Press, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England in 2006.

Being appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Hollywood, Florida in 2006.

In 2007, receiving a Best Paper Award for “The Crucial First Three Months: An Analysis of Leadership Transition Traps and Successes,” in The Journal of American Academy of Business.

Article selected (2011) for inclusion in Invaluable Knowledge, published by American Management Association, Steven. H. Appelbaum, J. Wunderlich, E. Greenstone, D. Grenier, B.T.Shapiro, D. Leroux and F.Troeger,”Retention Strategies In Aerospace Turnover: A Case Study”, Career Development International,Vol.8, No.6, 2003.

Awarded Most Outstanding Paper Award (May 2012) by Emerald Literati Network 2012 Awards for Excellence for Article,  ”Globalization of Performance Appraisals: Theory and Applications”, Management Decision, Vol. 49, No.4, 2011, pp.570-585.

Awarded (2012) Top Ten Download List on Social Science Research Network, Yongheng Yao and Steven H. Appelbaum, “CEO Compensation as a Process and a Product of Negotiation”, Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society ,Vol.9, No.3, 2009, pp. 298-312.

Inducted in Provost Circle of Distinction 2012 by Concordia University. Inclusion in the Provost’s Circle of Distinction is determined by the receipt of external awards for career achievements rather than prizes or awards for a specific achievement.


Selected Research


Refereed Journal Articles

Steven Appelbaum, Damien Louis, Dmitry Makarenko, Jasleena Saluja, Olga Meleshko  and Sevag Kulbashian, “Participation In Decision Making: A Case Study Of Job Satisfaction And Commitment (Part Three)”), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.45, No.7, 2013

Steven Appelbaum, Damien Louis, Dmitry Makarenko, Jasleena Saluja, Olga Meleshko and Sevag Kulbashian, “Participation In Decision Making: A Case Study Of Job Satisfaction And Commitment (Part Two)”), Industrial and Commercial Training,  Vol.45, No.6, 2013

Steven Appelbaum, Damien Louis, Dmitry Makarenko, Jasleena Saluja, Olga Meleshko and Sevag Kulbashian, “Participation In Decision Making: A Case Study Of Job Satisfaction And Commitment (Part One)”), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.45, No.4, 2013

Steven Appelbaum, Barbara T.Shapiro, Katherine Didus, Tanya Luongo and Bethsabeth Paz, “Upward Mobility for Women Managers:  Impact of Leadership Styles and Perceptions (Part Two), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.45, No.2, 2013

Steven Appelbaum, Barbara T.Shapiro, Katherine Didus, Tanya Luongo and Bethsabeth Paz, “Upward Mobility for Women Managers:  Impact of Leadership Styles and Perceptions (Part One), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.45, No.1, 2013

Naser Muja and Steven H. Appelbaum, “Cognitive and Affective Processes Underlying Career Change”, Career Development International, Vol.17, Issue 7, 2012

Steven Appelbaum, Seth Keller, Harold Alvarez and Catherine Bédard,” Organizational Crisis: Lessons From Lehman Brothers and Paulson & Company,”International Journal of Commerce and Management, Vol.22, No.4l, 2012.

Steven Appelbaum, Sally Habashy, Jean-Luc Malo and Hisham Shafiq,” Back To The Future: Revisiting Kotter’s 1996 Change Model”, Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31, No.8, 2012, pp.764.782.

Steven Appelbaum, Christina Benyo, Heidi Gunkel, Said Ramadan, Damian Wolff and, Fadi Sakkal,” Transferring Corporate Knowledge via Succession Planning: Analysis and Solutions (Part Two), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.44, No.7, 2012, pp.379-388.

Steven Appelbaum, Christina Benyo, Heidi Gunkel, Said Ramadan, Damian Wolff and Fadi Sakkal,” Transferring Corporate Knowledge via Succession Planning: Analysis and “Solutions (Part One), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.44, No.5, 2012, pp.281-289.

Steven Appelbaum, Gary Samerjian and Krishan Mohan,” Workplace Bullying: Consequences, Causes and Controls (Part Two),Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.44, No.6, 2012,pp.337-344.

Steven Appelbaum, Gary Samerjian and Krishan Mohan,” Workplace Bullying: Consequences, Causes and Controls (Part One), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.44, No.4, 2012, pp.203-210.

Steven Appelbaum, Neveen Asham and Kamal Argheyd, “Is The Glass Ceilang Cracked in Information Technology? A Qualitative Analysis” (Part II), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.43, No.7, 2011, pp.

Steven Appelbaum, Terrence. Gilliland and Michel Roy,”Globalization of Performance Appraisals: Theory and Applications”, Management Decision, Vol. 49, No.4, 2011, pp.570-585.

Steven Appelbaum, Neveen Asham and Kamal Argheyd, “Is The Glass Ceilang Cracked in Information Technology? A Qualitative Analysis” (Part I), Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.43, No.6, 2011, pp.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Seyed Mahmoud Zinati, Andrew MacDonald and Yusef Amiri, “Organizational Transformation to a Patient Centric Culture: A Case Study”, Leadership in Health Services, Vol.23, No.1, 2010, pp.8-32.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Louis Vigneault, Edward Walker and Barbara T. Shapiro, “(Good) Corporate Governance and the Strategic Integration of Meso Ethics” Social Responsibility Journal, Official Journal of the Social Responsibility Research Network, Vol.5, No.4, 2009, pp.525-539.

Steven H. Appelbaum, David Carrière, Marwan Abi Chaker, Kamal Benmoussa, and Basim Elghawanmeh, “RX for Excessive Turnover: Tactics in Communicating a Vision(Part Two)”,Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.41, No.7, 2009,pp.368-376.

Steven H. Appelbaum, David Carrière, Marwan Abi Chaker, Kamal Benmoussa, and Basim Elghawanmeh, “RX for Excessive Turnover: Tactics in Communicating a Vision (Part One)”, Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol.41, No.5, 2009, pp.238-247.

Yongheng Yao and Steven H. Appelbaum, “CEO Compensation as a Process and a Product of Negotiation”, Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol.9, No.3, 2009, pp. 298-312.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Jesse Roberts and Barbara T.Shapiro,”Cultural Strategies in M & A’s: Investigating Ten Case Studies,”Journal of Executive Education, Vol.8, No.1, 2009, pp.33-58.

Steven H. Appelbaum, David Nadeau, and Michael Cyr, "Performance Evaluation in a Matrix Organization: A Case Study (Part 3)", Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 41, Issue 1, 2009, pp.9-14.

Steven H. Appelbaum, David Nadeau, and Michael Cyr, "Performance Evaluation in a Matrix Organization: A Case Study (Part 3)", Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 41, Issue 1, 2009, pp.9-14.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Jonathan Berke, Joe Taylor and Jose Alberto Vazquez, "The Role of Leadership during Large Scale Organizational Transitions: Lessons from Six Empirical Studies", The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.13, No.1, 2008, pp.16-24.

Steven H. Appelbaum, André Mitraud, Jean-François Gailleur, Marcello Iacovella, Raffaele Gerbasi and Victoria Ivanova, "The Impact of Organizational Change, Structure and Leadership on Employee Turnover: A Case Study", Journal of Business Case Studies, Vol.4, No.1, 2008, pp.21-37.

Steven H. Appelbaum, David Nadeau, and Michael Cyr, "PerformanceEvaluation in a Matrix Organization: A Case Study (Part 1)", Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 40, Issue 5, 2008, pp.236-241.

Steven H. Appelbaum, David Nadeau, and Michael Cyr, "PerformanceEvaluation in a Matrix Organization: A Case Study (Part 2)", Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 40, Issue 6, 2008, pp.295-299.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Adam Marchionni and Arturo Fernandez, "The Multi-TaskingParadox: Perceptions, Problems and Strategies, Management Decision, Vol. 46, No.9, 2008, pp.1313-1325.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Anis Samaha, "Business Process Outsourcing: Lessons from Case Studies in India, Poland and Canada, Journal of Business Case Studies, Vol.4, No.12, December, 2008, pp.37-54.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Frederic Lefrancois, Roberto Tonna and Barbara T. Shapiro,"Mergers 101(Part Two): Training Managers for Culture, Stress and Change Challenges", Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 39, Issue 4, 2007, pp.191-200.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Ana Marinescu, Julia Klenin and Justin Bytautas, "Fatal Attractions: The (Mis) Management of Workplace Romance" International Journal of Business Research, Volume VII, Number 4, 2007, pp.31-43.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Miguel Valero,"The Crucial First Three Months: An Analysis of Leadership Transition Traps and Successes", The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.11, No.1, March 2007, pp.1-8.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Frederick Gonzalo, "Effectiveness and Dynamics of Cross Functional Teams: A Case Study of Northerntranspo Ltd.", The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.10, No.2, March 2007, pp.36-44.

Steven H. Appelbaum and David Roy-Girard, "Toxins in the Workplace: Affect on Organizations and Employees", Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol.7, No.1, 2007, pp. 17-28.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Giulio D. Iaconi and Albert Matousek, "Positive and Negative Deviant Workplace Behaviors: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions", Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol.7, No.5, 2007, pp.586-598.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Frederic Lefrancois, Roberto Tonna and Barbara T. Shapiro, "Mergers 101(Part One): Training Managers for Communications and Leadership Challenges", Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 39, Issue 3, 2007, pp.128-136.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Jennifer Cottin, Remy Pare and Barbara T. Shapiro, "Employee Theft: From Behavioral Causation to Managerial Detection and Remedies," The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.9, No.2, September 2006, pp.175-182.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Barbara T.Shapiro," Diagnosis and Remedies for Deviant Workplace Behaviors", The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.9, No.2, September 2006, pp.14-20.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Kirandeep Grewal and Hugues Mousseau, "Whistleblowing: International Implications and Critical Case Incidents,"The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.10, No.1, September 2006, pp.7-13.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Maria. Serena and Barbara.T.Shapiro,"Generation X and the Boomers: An Analysis of Realities and Myths", Management Research News, Vol.28, No.1, 2005, pp.1-33.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Anthony J.,Steed, "The Critical Success Factors in the Client-Consultant Relationship,"Journal of Management Development, Vol.24, No.1, 2005, pp.68-93.

Steven H. Appelbaum, J. Adam, N. Javeri, M. Lessard, J.-P. Lion, M.Simard, and S.Sorbo, "A Case Study Analysis of the Impact of Satisfaction and Organizational Citizenship on Productivity", Management Research News, Vol.28, No.5, 2005, pp. 1-26.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Kyle.J. Deguire and Matthieu Lay, "The Relationship of Ethical Climate to Deviant Workplace Behaviour", Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol.5, No.4, 2005, pp. 43-55.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Ivan.U. Soltero and Keith. Neville, "The Creation of an Unethical Work Environment: Organizational Outcome-Based Control Systems", Equal Opportunities International, Vol.24, No.2, 2005, pp. 1-18.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Ethan Adeland and Jake Harris," Management of Sports Facilities: Stress and Terrorism Since 9/11", Vol.28, No.7, Management Research News, 2005, pp.69-81.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Maria. Serena and Barbara.T.Shapiro,"Generation X and the Boomers: Organizational Myths and Literary Realities", Management Research News, Vol.27, No.11-12, 2004,pp.1-28.

Steven H. Appelbaum and B. M. Fewster, "Safety and Customer Service: Contemporary Practices in Diversity, Organizational Development and Training and Development in the Global Civil Aviation Industry", Management Research News, Vol.27, No.10, 2004, pp.1-26.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Barbara T. Shapiro," The Effects of Communications and Culture Upon an NPO Merger: A Cross Method Analysis", The Business Review, Cambridge, Vol.3, No.2, December, 2004, pp.1-13.

Steven H. Appelbaum, "Critical Success Factors in the Client-Consultant Relationship",The Journal of American Academy of Business, Vol.4, No.1/2, 2004, pp.184-191.

Steven H. Appelbaum, N. Bartolomucci, E.Beaumier, J. Boulanger, R.Corrigan, I. Doré, C. Girard and C. Serroni," Organizational Citizenship Behavior: A Case Study of Culture, Leadership and Trust", Management Decision, Vol.42, No.1, 2004, pp.13-40.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Anthony J. Steed, "The Client-Consulting Relationship: A Case Study of Critical Success Factors at MQ Telecommunications", Journal of Business and Economics Research, Vol.2, No.2, 2004, pp.43-52.

Steven. H. Appelbaum, B. T. Shapiro, H. Danakas, G. Gualtieri, L.Li, D.Loo, P. Renaud, and N. Zampieri," Internal Communication Issues in an IT Engineering Department: A Case Study", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol.9, No.1, 2004, pp.6-24.

Steven H. Appelbaum, "The Impact of Motivation and Communications on Productivity", The Business Review, Cambridge , Vol.2. No.2, 2004, pp.15-20.

Steven. H. Appelbaum, J. Wunderlich, E. Greenstone, D. Grenier, B.T.Shapiro, D. Leroux and F.Troeger,"Retention Strategies In Aerospace Turnover: A Case Study", Career Development International,Vol.8, No.6, 2003, pp. 270-282.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Brenda M. Fewster, "Global Aviation Human Resource Management: Contemporary Employee and Labour Relations Practices", Management Research News, Vol. 26 No.10/11, 2003, pp.56-69.

Steven H. Appelbaum, E. Patton, and B.T. Shapiro, "The Early Retirement Incentive Program: A Downsizing Strategy", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol.27, No.1, 2003, pp.22-35.

Steven. H. Appelbaum, R. Lopes, L. Audet, A. Steed, M. Jacob, T. Augustinas and D. Manolopoulos, "Communications during Downsizing of a Telecommunications Company", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol.8, No.2, 2003, pp.73-96.

Steven H. Appelbaum and J. Gandell, "'A Cross -Method Analysis of the Impact of Culture and Communications upon a Health Care Merger: Prescriptions for human resources management", Journal of Management Development, Vol.22, No.5, 2003, pp.370-409.

Eric Patton and S.H. Appelbaum, "The Case for Case Studies in Management Research", Management Research News , Vol. 26 No. 5, 2003, pp.60-72.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Brenda M. Fewster, "Global Aviation Human Resource Management: Contemporary Compensation and Benefits Practices", Management Research News. Vol. 26 No.7, 2003, pp. 59-71.

Steven H. Appelbaum , J. Al Asmar; R. Chehayeb, N. Konidas, V. Maksymiw-Duszara, and I. Duminica "Organizational Citizenship: A Case Study Of Medlink Ltd.", Team Performance Management, Vol.9, No.5/6, 2003, pp. 136-154.

Steven H. Appelbaum and E. Patton, "Downsizing the University: Bonne Chance!" The International Journal of Educational Management, Vol.16, No.3, 2002, pp.126-136.

S. Leiba -O'Sullivan, Steven H. Appelbaum and C. Abikhzer, "Expatriate Management Practices in Canadian MNC's: A Multiple Case Study ", Career Development International, Vol.7, No.2, 2002, pp. 79-95.

Steven H. Appelbaum, H. Ayre and B.T. Shapiro, "Career Management in Information Technology: A Case Study", Career Development International, Vol.7, No. 3, 2002, pp.142-158.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Brenda M. Fewster, "Global Aviation Human Resource Management: Contemporary Recruitment & Selection and Diversity & Equal Opportunity Practices", Equal Opportunities International, Vol.21, No.7, 2002, pp.66-80.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Lynda Audet and Joanne Miller, "Gender and Leadership? Leadership and Gender? A Journey Through The Landscape of Theories", Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Vo. 24, No.1, 2003, pp.43-51.


Refereed Conference Proceedings

Yongheng Yao, Muhammad Jamal and Steven H. Appelbaum "A Two-Dimensional Approach of P-E Fit Model of Organizational Stress" a paper accepted for presentation by the Organization Behavior Division of The Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, August 2009.

Yongheng Yao, Muhammad Jamal and Steven H. Appelbaum, "The Myth of the Relationship between Organizational Stressors and Performance" a paper accepted for presentation by the Organization Behavior Division of The Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, August 2009.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Jesse Roberts and Barbara T.Shapiro,"Cultural Strategies in M &A's: Investigating Ten Case Studies" a paper accepted for presentation at Symposium on Executive Education, in Atlanta Georgia, February 2009.

Yongheng Yao, Muhammad Jamal, Steven H. Appelbaum and Holly Hongyan Liu,"Understanding When Challenge Stressors Lead to Negative Performance and Hindrance Ones Don't" a paper accepted for presentation by the 'WIP: Potpourri II: of the Eastern Academy of Management, in Hartford, Connecticut, May 2009.

Yongheng Yao and Steven H. Appelbaum, "A CEO Compensation Negotiation Where Economics and Organizational Behavior Meet" a paper accepted for presentation at the Twenty-ninth Annual International Industrial Relations and Human Resources Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky, October 2008.

Yongheng Yao , Muhammad Jamal and Steven H. Appelbaum "On The Three Dimensions of Fit in Stress," a paper accepted for presentation by the Organization Behavior Division of The Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, August 2008.

Yongheng Yao , Muhammad Jamal and Steven H. Appelbaum "Towards A Second Generation of P-E Fit Research in Organizational Stress," a paper accepted for presentation by The Southern Management Association of The Academy of Management Annual Meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida, October 2008.

Yongheng Yao, Steven H. Appelbaum, Rick Molz and Michel Magnan, paper accepted for presentation "CEO Compensation: A Process and Product of Negotiation" by The Southern Management Association of The Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, November 2007.

Yongheng Yao and Steven H. Appelbaum, "CEO Compensation: An Organizational Behavior Perspective" paper accepted for presentation by the Business Policy and Strategy Division of The Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2007.

Steven H. Appelbaum, Ana Marinescu, Julia Klenin and Justin Bytautas, "Fatal Attractions: The (Mis) Management of Workplace Romance" Accepted for presentation and publication in refereed conference proceedings at,International Academy of Business and Economics, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2007.

Steven H. Appelbaum, "The Impact of Motivation and Communications on Productivity", a paper accepted for presentation and publication in refereed conference proceedings at The International Business and Technology Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8, 2004.

Steven H. Appelbaum and Barbara T. Shapiro," The Effects of Communications and Culture Upon an NPO Merger: A Cross Method Analysis", a paper accepted for presentation and publication in refereed conference proceedings at The Economics and International Business Research Conference, Miami, Florida, December, 2004.

Steven H. Appelbaum

Steven H. Appelbaum

Professor, Department of Management
PhD (University of Ottawa)

Contact Information

John Molson School of Business

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal (Quebec)
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Website: appelbaumconsultants.com

Area of Expertise

  • Behaviour
  • Executive succession
  • Group dynamics
  • Human resource management
  • Management
  • Management of change
  • Organizational development
  • Stress management
  • Transformational management

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