Dr. A. R. Elangovan (Elango)

Dr. A. R. Elangovan (Elango)
Professor; Director, GSB International; UVic Distinguished Professor; 3M National Teaching Fellow


BCom, University of Madras, India; MBA, St Mary's University, Halifax; PhD Organizational Behaviour, University of Toronto

Office: BEC 432


  • Meaning in work
  • Trust in organizations
  • Authentic leadership
  • Wellbeing in organizations
  • Wisdom in organizations
  • Managerial dispute intervention & negotiations
  • Organizational analysis

Dr. Elangovan has been a professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria since 1992.  He served as the Associate Dean from 2008-2011 and has been the Director of GSB International since 2003.

The primary focus of Professor Elangovan’s current research is on “understanding why and how some people have deeply fulfilling and optimal work lives and what others can learn from their experiences”.  His objective is to develop an overarching framework to guide individuals and organizations in creating the conditions necessary for employees to flourish and have meaningful work lives.  As part of this program of research, his scholarly inquiries address the notions of authenticity, meaningfulness, callings, wisdom, and wellbeing at work. 

Dr. Elangovan’s research articles can be seen in top management journals such as the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organizational Dynamics, the Journal of Management Inquiry, the Journal of Social Psychology, the International Journal of Conflict Management, Small Group Research, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Applied Psychology: An International Review.

Professor Elangovan has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years including the University of Victoria Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence (1999), the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2012) (Canada’s most prestigious teaching award), and the University of Victoria Distinguished Professor designation (2013) (the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on a faculty member). He was named the MBA Professor of the Year in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2004. He is also active in providing executive and management development training and consulting services for private and public sector organizations in Canada, Europe and Asia. 

Journal Publications 

Elangovan, A. R., & Hoffman, A. J. (2019). The Pursuit of Success in Academia: Plato’s Ghost Asks "What Then?" Journal of Management Inquiry.

Elangovan, A. R., & Suddaby, R. (2019). Solomons for Our Times: Wisdom in Decision-making in Organizations. Organizational Dynamics.

Xie, J. L., Elangovan, A. R., Hu, J., & Hrabluik, C. (2019). Charting New Terrain in Work Design: A Study of Hybrid Work Characteristics. Applied Psychology: An International Review68(3), 479–512.

Karakowsky, L., Podolsky, M., & Elangovan, A. R. (2019). Signaling trustworthiness: The effect of leader humor on feedback-seeking behavior. Journal of Social Psychology6, 1–20.

Elangovan, A.R.
, Pinder, C., & McLean, M. (2010). Callings and organizational behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 428-440.

Elangovan, A.R., Auer-Rizzi, W., & Szabo, E. (2006). Why don’t I trust you now? An attribution approach to erosion of trust. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 22(1),  4-24.

Elangovan, A.R. & Shapiro, D.I. (1998). Betrayal of trust in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 23(3), 547-566.

Elangovan, A.R. (1995). Managerial third-party dispute intervention: A prescriptive model of strategy selection. Academy of Management Review, 20(4), 800-830.

Recognition & Awards


Best Paper Award, Management Spirituality Religion (MSR) Division, Academy of Management (AOM)


Best Symposium Proposal, Management Spirituality Religion (MSR) Division, Academy of Management (AOM)


Honorable Mention, Health Care Management Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference


UVic Distinguished Professor, University of Victoria


Excellence in Service Award, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

3M National Teaching Fellowship, 3M & SLTHE Canada


MBA Professor of the Year Award, MBA Students, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria


MBA Professor of the Year Award, MBA Students, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

Excellence in Teaching Award, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria


MBA Professor-of-the-Year Award, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria


MBA Professor-of-the-Year Award, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria

Top Poster Award, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, (April), San Francisco, CA.


Excellence in Research Award, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria


Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria


Nominated for CASE Canadian Professor of the Year Award from the University of Victoria

University of Victoria Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching


Distinguished Service Award, Board of Advisors, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria


Excellence Award for Research and Teaching, Board of Advisors, School of Business, University of Victoria

Nominated for Rains Wallace Dissertation Award offered by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology

Nominated for the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal by the Faculty of Management for the University of Toronto


Governor General of Canada Gold Medal, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax


  • Utilium Project, Funded by SSHRC, KIS Grant (2006 - 2008) ($400,000). PI Michael Fern, with co-investigator Cosmo Howard. 

  • Managing Knowledge-Integration and the Knowledge-Worker in Organizations, Funded by SSHRC, INE Strategic Grant (2002-2005) ($126, 181). Co-investigator Jia Lin Xie, University of Toronto. 

In Progress

  • Standing Guard: Enhancing the Engagement & Retention of Corrections Officers in BC, Funded by BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General Research Grant, (July 15, 2019 - May 31, 2021), ($140,000). Funded - In Progress, PI with co-investigators Rick Cotton, Anirban Kar, and Sanaz Matin Koosha. 

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Behaviour (PhD) 
  • Managing People & Organizations: I (MBA; TELUS MBA)
  • Essentials of Business & Leadership (TELUS MBA) 
  • Strategic International Negotiations (MBA)
  • Conflict Management & Negotiations (BCom)
  • Organizational Behaviour & Design (BCom)
  • Multiple executive program courses on leadership, structure, growth, trust, framing, dispute intervention