Queen's University IRC

Queen's University

Practitioner-Focused Research

Our research includes a variety of activities that complement our programming. Through surveys, interviews, and articles, we aim to communicate trends in the HR and LR fields.

Upcoming Programs

Professional Training Across CanadaWestCentralEast

Negotiation Skills
Jul 17-21, 2017 - Halifax
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 18-20, 2017 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 24-29, 2017 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 26-28, 2017 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 3-5, 2017 - Calgary
Coaching Skills
Oct 17-18, 2017 - Halifax
Performance Management
Oct 18-19, 2017 - Calgary
Negotiation Skills
Oct 22-27, 2017 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 24-27, 2017 - Toronto
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2017 - Ottawa
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 2, 2017 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 7-9, 2017 - Edmonton
Talent Management
Nov 8-9, 2017 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 14-17, 2017 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 14-16, 2017 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Nov 21-23, 2017 - Halifax
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Nov 21-23, 2017 - Toronto
Designing Change
Nov 28-30, 2017 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Dec 4-8, 2017 - Victoria
Coaching Skills
Dec 6-7, 2017 - Victoria
Labour Arbitration Skills
Dec 11-14, 2017 - Victoria
HR Metrics and Analytics
Feb 6-8, 2018 - Calgary
Performance Management
Feb 13-14, 2018 - Ottawa
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 27-Mar 1, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Mar 6-7, 2018 - Regina
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 18-23, 2018 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
Mar 20-21, 2018 - Calgary
Building Trust in the Workplace
Mar 22, 2018 - Calgary
Coaching Skills
Mar 26-27, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Apr 8-13, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Apr 10-12, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 17-20, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Change
Apr 17-19, 2018 - Victoria
Advanced HR
Apr 24-26, 2018 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 24-27, 2018 - Regina
Change Management
May 1-3, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 1-3, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 8-10, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
May 15-17, 2018 - Halifax
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 15-17, 2018 - Calgary
Labour Relations Foundations
May 28-June 1, 2018 - Victoria
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
May 29-31, 2018 - Calgary
Labour Arbitration Skills
June 3-7, 2018 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
June 5-8, 2018 - Edmonton
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Jun 12-14, 2018 - St. John's
Strategic Grievance Handling
Jul 16-20, 2018 - Halifax

Organization Development Articles

IRC Articles and Papers Human Resources and Labour Relations Research and Resources

Organization Development Articles

Brenda Barker Scott, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: February, 2017

Let’s begin with a question. Are you experiencing barriers to working collaboratively, even though you know collaboration is necessary? If you answered yes, this article is for you. We all know that contemporary work requires collaboration. In our fast-paced, knowledge-intensive workplaces, success requires people to integrate and leverage their efforts. more

Françoise Morissette, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: September, 2016

Homelessness is often viewed as a daunting, if not a wicked problem. Yet, Alberta has shown the way to solutions that deliver results. In contrast with other Canadian jurisdictions who favour municipal approaches, Alberta broke new ground in 2009 by defining an ambitious vision for the entire province: Ending homelessness in 10 years, instead of simply ‘managing’ or ‘reducing’ it. more

Brendan Sweeney, Queen's University IRC
Publication date: February, 2016

The world of work is changing, and the most successful organizations and practitioners are those that understand how these changes impact the way they do business. To help them do so, and to foster further dialogue, Queen’s IRC hosted the Workplace in Motion Summit. This report elaborates on the most important questions, issues, and themes identified by Summit participants going forward. more

A Case Study: Guelph General Hospital

Karen Suk-Patrick - Director of Organizational Development and Employee Health Services, Guelph General Hospital, Chantal Thorn - Organizational Development Specialist, Guelph General Hospital
Publication date: January, 2016

First impressions count.  However in the workplace, organizations often fail to realize that this truism is a two way street.  As much as we form first impressions about the people we interview, hire and welcome into our organizations, the employee is on a parallel journey.  How did we interview them?  How did we invite them to join our organization and how did we welcome them when they arrived? more

Penny Scott, Network Engagement Practitioner, Health Nexus
Publication date: January, 2016

This article will focus on the practice of social network mapping within organizations to deliberately leverage and engage intra-organizational sets of informal connections that are less “hard-wired” than formal organizational working relationships. In particular, the article will highlight the applications of the tool to identify hidden talent and leadership within the organization to support succession planning initiatives and diagnose internal communication and decision making blockages. more

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