Stacey Fitzsimmons

 Stacey Fitzsimmons
Associate Professor


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and BA in Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University; PhD in International Business, Simon Fraser University

Office: BEC 448


  • Bicultural and multicultural individuals in the workplace
  • International management
  • Immigrant employees
  • Diversity and inclusion

Stacey Fitzsimmons brings a passion for helping individuals and organizations realize the strengths of a diverse workforce. Her research goal is to improve the way people work with others across differences.

Her current research examines how immigrants, their descendants, and bicultural employees each contribute to their teams and organizations. For example, when one person can see the world through more than one cultural lens, they can use those lenses to solve problems, build networks across groups, and think differently than people who have one culture. Her research helps organizations value multicultural employees’ skills that often go unrecognized. Click here for Harvard Business Review coverage of her research about discovering whether you’re multicultural, and intersectional pay gaps across gender, race, mother tongue and immigrant generation. Here is a summary of her research about the organizational benefits of bicultural employees.

Stacey's research has been published in Academy of Management Review, the Journal of International Business Studies, Human Resource Management Review, and Organization Studies. Her awards include the Academy of Management’s International Human Resources Scholarly Research award and the Women in the Academy of International Business (WAIB) Emerging Scholar award. She serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of Business Research, and was elected to the position of WAIB Academic Research Officer for 2021-23. She is on the core research team for the GLOBE project, and is currently guest editing a special issue of the Journal of the International Business Studies, called “Rethinking Global Mobility: Challenges and Opportunities for International Business."

Stacey primarily teaches a course called Leading People in Organizations, which helps students build interpersonal skills for working well with others. Prior to joining the University of Victoria in 2014, she was an assistant professor at Western Michigan University.

Journal publications

Pesch, R., Ipek, E., & Fitzsimmons, S. (2022). Be a hero: Employ refugees like a pragmatist. Organizational Dynamics,

Minbaeva, D., Fitzsimmons, S. & Brewster, C. (2021) Beyond the double-edged sword of cultural diversity in teams: Progress, critique, and next steps. Journal of International Business Studies, 52, 45-55.

Fitzsimmons, S., Baggs, J., & Brannen, M. Y. (2020) Intersectional Arithmetic: How gender, race and mother tongue combine to impact immigrants’ work outcomes. Journal of World Business,55(1).

Vora, D., Martin, L., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Pekerti, A., Lakshman, C., & Raheem, S. (2019). Multiculturalism within individuals: A review, critique, and agenda for future research. Journal of International Business Studies, 50, 499-524.,

Szymanski, M., Fitzsimmons, S. R., & Danis, W. (2019). Multicultural Managers and Competitive Advantage: Evidence from elite football teams. International Business Review, 28(2), 305–315.

Dietz, J., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Aycan, Z., Francesco, A. M., Jonsen, K., Osland, J., … Boyacigiller, N. (2017). Cross-cultural management education rebooted: Creating positive value through scientific mindfulness. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, 24, 125–151.

Fitzsimmons, S. R., Liao, E. Y., & Thomas, D. C. (2017). From crossing cultures to straddling them: An empirical examination of outcomes for multicultural employees. Journal of International Business Studies, (48), 63–89.,

Fitzsimmons, S. R. (2014). Us, Them and Others in Management Research. Academy of Management Review, 39(3), 384–386.;

Fitzsimmons, S. R., & Stamper, C. (2014). How societal culture influences friction in the employee-organization relationship. Human Resource Management Review, 24(1), 80–94.;

Fitzsimmons, S. R., Lee, Y., & Brannen, M. Y. (2013). Demystifying the Myth about Marginals: Implications for Global Leadership. European Journal of International Management, 7(5), 587–603. 10.1504/EJIM.2013.056479;

Fitzsimmons, S. R. (2013). Multicultural Employees: A framework for understanding how they contribute to organizations. Academy of Management Review, 38, 525–549.;

Fitzsimmons, S. R. (2012). Women on Canadian Boards of Directors: Why skirts in seats aren’t enough. Business Horizons, 55, 557–566.;

Fitzsimmons, S. R., Miska, C., & Stahl, G. K. (2011). Multicultural employees: Global business’ untapped resource. Organizational Dynamics, 40, 199–206.;

Thomas, D. C., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Ravlin, E., Au, K., Ekelund, B., & Barzantny, C. (2010). Psychological contracts across cultures. Organization Studies, 31, 1437–1458. 10.1177/0170840610380811

Recognition & Awards

2019 Best paper award finalist, Academy of International Business
2018 Gustavson Scholar, Gustavson School of Business
2016 Emerging Scholar Award from the Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB), Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB)
2014 International Human Resources Scholarly Research Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management
2014 Best Reviewer Award, Academy of International Business



  • PhD Fellowship, Funded by Social Sciences Research Council of Canada (September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2009) ($40,000.00), Completed, Spring 2009, PI Stacey Fitzsimmons
  • Organizing with the New Demographic: The Bidirectional Influence of Immigrant and Bicultural Employees on Their Organizations, ($52,661) Funded by SSHRC (June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2020). PI Stacey Fitzsimmons with CoInvestigators Mary Yoko Brannen and Jelena Zikic
  • Who's at the Top? How Racialized Female Newcomers Ascend to Top Management Teams. Mitacs-Scotiabank Fellowship grant for PhD student Aminat Muibi, in partnership with MOSAIC. (June-October 2021) ($20,000). 
  • Women and Leadership Across Cultures. Funded by SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. Part of the GLOBE Project. ($200,000). 
  • Societal Cultures, Leadership and the Human Side of Organizations: A multi-country study with a focus on women leaders and HR practices, ($270,000), Funded by SSHRC (August 2016). PI Ali Dastmalchian with CoPIs Claudia Steinke and Stacey Fitzsimmons, CoInvestigator Peter Dorfman.

Courses Taught

  • Selected Topics in Management: #MeToo & #BlackLivesMatter (BCom)
  • Leading People & Organizations I (BCom)