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Vivien Corwin

Gustavson's Vivien Corwin

Associate Teaching Professor; Associate Dean, People & Culture; Academic Director, Master in Management Program

Office: BEC 276 250-721-6311
BA in International Relations, University of Toronto; PhD in Organizational Behaviour, University of British Columbia
Area of expertise:
Leadership, change management, organizational culture, human resources, service excellence


Vivien joined the Gustavson School of Business in 2006, and now serves as academic director of the Master in Management program. Previously, she oversaw academic direction for the school’s MBA and BCom programs. As an associate teaching professor at the Gustavson School of Business, Vivien works with students at all levels—graduate, post-graduate and undergraduate. Her topics of interest include collaboration, employee engagement, leadership and change management. Vivien’s research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior and The American Behavioral Scientist. 

Vivien also works as a facilitator and advisor for a number of corporate clients, and works closely with Gustavson School of Business Executive Education to design short courses and leadership development programs for a range of different organizations. Vivien is recognized as a skilled facilitator who is able to engage a variety of audiences, encourage diverse perspectives, and help to articulate common and engaging goals.


Courses taught

  • Special Topics: Business Admin - Thriving on Change (MBA)
  • Issues: Service Tech & HR Management (MBA)
  • Managing People & Organizations: II (MBA)
  • Managing People & Organizations: I (MBA)
  • Leading People & Organizations II (BCOM) 
  • Leading People & Organizations I (BCOM) 
  • Service Human Resource Management (BCOM) 
  • Thriving on Change Open Enrolment Course (Executive Programs) 
  • Nisga'a ACE Strength and Abilities (Executive Programs)
  • Student Affairs Leadership Retreat (Executive Programs) 
  • BC Ferries Advanced Leadership Retreat (Executive Programs) 
  • Continuing Studies ESL, Thriving on Change (Executive Programs) 
  • Haida Owned and Operated, Values and Abilities (Executive Programs)
  • Whistler Experience, Leading Passionate Employees (Executive Programs) 
  • Thriving on Change (Executive Programs)

Selected publications

Journal publications

Read, M.J.B., Colgate, M., Corwin, V. & Tax, S. (2012).  Helping create service 'experts': The opportunity for an athletic approach in service organizations.  International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, x(1), 24-37.

Lawrence, T. & Corwin, V. (2003). Being there: The acceptance and marginalization of part-time professional employees. Journal of Organizational Behavior24(8), 923-943.

Corwin, V., Lawrence, T. & Frost, P. (2001). Five strategies of successful part-time work. Harvard Business Review79(7), 121-127.

Clark, V. & Jennings, P.D. (1997). Talking about the natural environment: A means for deinstitutionalization? American Behavioral Scientist40, 454-464.

Awards & grants

Recognition & awards

  • 2023 - Award of Excellence in Innovation, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

  • 2016 - Alan Blizzard Award for the NW-ACE Program , Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)

  • 2014 - Award of Excellence in Service, Gustavson School of Business