Dr. A. R. Elangovan (Elango)

Dr. A. R. Elangovan (Elango)
3M Fellow & UVic Distinguished Professor; Director, International Programs


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

Office: BEC 432


  • Callings and meaning in work
  • Trust
  • Leadership
  • Organizational analysis
  • Managerial dispute intervention
  • Negotiation
  • Managing differences

Dr. Elangovan is a professor of organizational behaviour at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in the areas of leadership, organizational analysis, trust, conflict management with a primary focus on managerial dispute intervention, knowledge management, and negotiations. His most recent stream of research is on the topic of callings as he believes everyone deserves to find meaning in their work. Elango, as he is known, served as the associate dean from 2008-2011 and has been the director of International Programs since 2003. He joined the faculty in 1992.

His research can be found in in several top business journals including the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, the International Journal of Conflict Management, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, the Journal of Management Systems, Negotiation: Readings, Exercises and Cases, and the Handbook of Leadership. He was a member of the editorial board of the online journal M@n@gement and serves as a reviewer for numerous organizational and management journals and grant agencies.

Elango has received numerous teaching and academic awards. In February 2012, he was recognized with Canada’s most prestigious teaching award – the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. In May 2013, he was named a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor. As well, he has received several Gustavson excellence awards and been named MBA Professor of the Year on many different occasions. He also received the University of Victoria Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in1999.

Elangovan, A.R., Auer-Rizzi, W., & Szabo, E. (2015). It's the act that counts: Minimizing post-violation erosion of trust. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 36(1), 81-96.

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.

Dr. Elangovan is very active in providing executive and management development training for private and public sector organizations in Canada and Asia. A selected list of clients for executive training and/or consulting services includes the BC Pension Corporation, the Federation of Children & Family Services of BC, the West Point Grey Academy, and the Taiyuan Tech Park .

In addition he served as:

  • principal investigator on the Research Team for the B.C. government’s Accelerated Leadership Development initiative where he played a key role in researching and building the leadership competencies framework for senior executives, designing the measurement tool, developing the curriculum for the training program, and delivering the sessions from 2004 to 2006
  • member Board of Directors of OA Solutions, an information technology company with operations in Victoria, Vancouver and Edmonton from 2008 to 2011
  • co-founder and Director of Utilium Corporation, UVic-based venture with a mandate to facilitate the transfer of management knowledge from research-based institutions to industry and practicing managers.
  • honoured with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship Feb. 2013
  • named a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor May 2013
  • Gustavson Scholar Award (2013)
  • Gustavson School of Business Service Excellence Award (2012)
  • Gustavson School of Business Teaching Excellence Award (2010)
  • MBA Professor of the Year Award (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
  • MBA (Part-time Group) Professor of the Year Award (2004)
  • Faculty of Business Research Excellence Award (2004)
  • Faculty of Business Teaching Excellence Award (2003)
  • University of Victoria Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence (1999)
  • Organizational Behaviour

Inspirational Prof Wins Major Teaching Award

Dr. A.R. “Elango” Elangovan, professor and director of international programs with the Gustavson School of Business, is among 10 Canadian scholars honoured with a 2012 3M National Teaching Fellowship, and the ninth UVic scholar to receive this honour since its inception. The award recognizes exceptional achievements and contributions by teacher-scholars across Canada. Read more in the Ring.

Dr. A. R. "Elango" Elangovan explains his four main areas of research, and discusses his research on the importance people attach to jobs, careers, and callings. Through his research he is working to isolate the principals that people use to create a meaningful and fulfilling work lives, so that all individuals will be able to apply those principles to their own work lives.

Who can you trust? UVic researcher illuminates issues of trust in business organizations