Faculty, Bachelor of Commerce
PhD (Monash); MS (Lethbridge)
Dr. Thomson's research interests include diversity management, religion in the workplace, job turnover, human resource management in China, human resource development and qualitative research methods. Currently, he is working on research projects that focus on diversity management, intellectual capital and human resource management in Chinese firms, and human resource management effectiveness in government agencies in developing countries.
Dr. Thomson has published in leading academic journals such as Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Thunderbird International Business Review and Journal of Contemporary Asia. He published a book that examines religion in the workplace in 2015–Religion and Organizational Stigma at Work. He co-edited volume of work on stigmas in the workplace, with Associate Professor Gina Grandy, which will be published in the fall of 2017.
Available to supervise senior students' independent study.
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Thomson's interactive teaching style flows from six elements which create the foundation of his teaching philosophy. The first element is commitment. Teaching is not something that can be taken for granted. It is a job that requires effort and commitment. The second element is research. Dr. Thomson feels that it is important to pass on to students the knowledge he's gained not only from current research of the field but also from his own research. Where possible, he creates opportunities for students to gain knowledge from conducting their own research. One thing that makes great teachers stand out is enthusiasm. It is not difficult to see that these teachers want to be at the front of a classroom; they want to teach, and they are enthusiastic about it. Another element is articulate. More and more classrooms are reflecting the multicultural societies that we live in. This means that we must take the time and effort to ensure that all students understand what is being taught. Timeliness not only means ensuring that deadlines are met (e.g., assessment results in a timely manner), but also ensuring the timely nature of what is being taught. By using examples that are current, he increases interest and relevancy for students. Finally, he believes in the importanced of using one’s own experiences and using the experiences of the students to illustrate concepts, thereby increaseing understanding. Dr. Thomson loves teaching because it provides him with opportunities to assure a solid base for further knowledge building and an opportunity to open minds to the exciting possibilities in business management.
Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers
Thomson, S. B. (2015). Religion in the workplace and organizational stigmas. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan.
Thomson, S. B. & Grandy, G. (Editors). (2017). Stigmas, work and organizations. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan.
Thomson, S. B., Wei, W. X. & Swallow, P. (2017). Equality and harmony: Diversity management in China. Presentation at Academy of International Business Conference, July 3-5, 2017, Dubai, UAE.
Thomson, S. B. (2010). Stigma theory and religion in the workplace. Paper presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 6-10, Montreal, Canada. Selected as Best Paper for MSR Interest Group.
Awards / Grants / Fellowships
Professional Associations / Memberships
Boards / Committees
Journal reviewer, including International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Emerging Markets, International Journal of Science Technology and Education Research and Thunderbird International Business Review