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The President of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Steven Murphy, PhD, is renowned for his organizational and human behaviour expertise across business and industry. Even more notably, his dedication to equity, diversity and inclusiveness underscores every facet of how he lives his life. Beyond the lens of race and gender, he believes firmly in the diversity of thoughts and ideas. Holistically, his vision for the university is to be a real bastion for alternative ways of thinking about why diversity in all forms is important. In his previous role as Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, Dr. Murphy transformed the school’s brand, established novel interdisciplinary programs to meet challenging, real-world demands, and fostered innovative and entrepreneurial co-op opportunities for students, growing the university’s program exponentially. Previously, he spent more than a decade in progressive academic and leadership roles at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, including Associate Dean, Research and External. During his tenure, he also served as Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor, and holds an esteemed record of academic achievement awards for his work examining the role of emotions in strategic decision-making, leadership and other organizational and human behaviours, as well as his insightful approach to teaching. Internationally, Dr. Murphy was named a Visiting Academic Fellow of the Business School at the University of Western Australia in 2010, and he has also taught MBA courses in China and the Middle East. He has published more than 110 papers, book chapters and technical reports. Dr. Murphy received his Institute of Corporate Directors Designation from the Directors of Education Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. Growing up in a family run business and learning first-hand the value of working with people inspired his educational trajectory. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Human Resource Management. Dr. Murphy enhanced his education with a Master in Management Studies (with Distinction) in the Management of Technology. Equipped with fundamentals in business and technology management, he addressed his passion for understanding human behaviour and emotions, and completed his Doctorate in Management, Organizational Behaviour, all at Carleton University.

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Chair, Ontario Region, Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD), and CFBSD Director

January 1, 2015

The CFBSD is the association for Deans and Directors of faculties of business and management in Canada. The association is dedicated to working with its members toward achieving excellence in business education, and its mission is to promote quality in management education and the professional development of business school administrators through various types of events, research and information services, and representation.

Director, Toronto Board of Trade

January 1, 2016

For over 170 years, the board has been focused on Trade, Transportation and Talent. Its vision is to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought after business regions in the world, and its mission is to be a catalyst for a vibrant globally competitive Toronto region business community.

Advisory Board, Arlington Partners International

January 1, 2017

Arlington Partners builds boards and helps Selection Committees attract, assess, select and appoint their new Chief Executive Officers and senior executive team members. It supports organizations and their leaders at transformational times in their business growth and development.

Sponsor Team Lead, Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge

January 1, 2015

Dr. Murphy was responsible for overseeing the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family to Toronto.

Carleton University Research Achievement Award

February 3, 2011

Dr. Murphy received a $15,000 Research Achievement Award for his extensive work on the role of emotions in the workplace and daily life.

Carleton University Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Award

January 1, 2007

Dr. Murphy received this academic achievement for the culmination of his innovative research.

Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award

April 11, 2007

An Assistant Professor in the Sprott School of Business for four years, Dr. Murphy received this $15,000 award for his ability to engage students in his emotions in the workplace research.

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

ICD.D - Directors Education Program

Carleton University

PhD - Management, Organizational Behaviour

Carleton University

MMS (Distinction) - Management of Technology

Carleton University

BComm (Honours) - Human Resource Management
  • Examining the Social Return on Investment in Policing

    $200000  | April 1, 2013

    Awarded by: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
    Ranked the SSHRC's top partnership grant in 2013; this three-year, collaborative research project examined the social return on investment in policing across different regions of the country. Dr. Murphy’s research explored ways to strengthen strategic community partnerships with Toronto Police Service.

  • Administrative Sciences Association of Canada

  • Canadian Federation of Business School Deans

  • Toronto Board of Trade


  • Media appearances

    Amazon Wants A 2nd Headquarters. Toronto Has What It Takes
    Huffington Post online

    September 14, 2017

    Amazon has sparked a flurry of activity when it announced its plans last week to search for a second headquarters, a move that would reportedly bring 50,000 jobs to the host city. Toronto has what it takes to win this bid. The Six is the most vibrant, diverse city in North America, buzzing with innovation and budding entrepreneurs and startups. From its booming tech sector and rich talent pool to diversity and livability, Toronto makes a compelling case to be home to Amazon's "HQ2." Here's a refresher of the city's competitive advantage.

    Want your company to be more innovative? Hire co-op students
    The Globe and Mail print

    July 26, 2017

    Steven Murphy is dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Here's a reality many business leaders confront at some point: corporate cultures can eat innovation strategies for breakfast. The inertia and siloing that can settle into any workplace can be antithetical to the boldness and flexibility required to drive innovation. So, what realistically can be accomplished?

    How businesses can catalyze social change: media appearance bySteven Murphy, PhD

    How businesses can catalyze social change
    The Globe and Mail print

    March 30, 2017

    Dr. Steven Murphy (@DrStevenMurphy) is dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Populism is on the rise in the Western world, creating a climate of intolerance, racism and xenophobia. But there is a reason that leaders like Donald Trump in the United States and Marine Le Pen in France have gained in popularity. Many people in the West feel left behind due to technological changes, globalization and rising inequality. Feeling betrayed by their governments, the disenfranchised opted to follow politicians who positioned themselves as anti-establishment. The issue is such leaders are polarizing societies based on division and fear. The irony, of course, is that such a strategy runs counter to the values that those countries were founded upon: inclusion, diversity and giving everyone an equal chance regardless of who they are, or where they are from.

    This Is Why Diversity Is Good For Business
    Huffington Post online

    February 1, 2017

    In the past few days, business leaders across the U.S. have spoken out against President Trump's executive order on immigration. From Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google to Ford, Starbucks and Goldman Sachs, CEOs have reinforced that diversity is a strength. The Canadian tech community also wrote an open letter in support of diversity.

    Women leaders need to celebrate their achievements, loud and proud: media appearance bySteven Murphy, PhD

    Women leaders need to celebrate their achievements, loud and proud
    The Globe and Mail print

    January 18, 2017

    This column is part of Globe Careers' Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. I was recently at an event that was awarding outstanding female leaders in the business community. One award recipient was called to the stage to say a few words. I was hoping to hear a speech that highlighted her accomplishments and leadership in the corporate world, the very reason she was being recognized. However, she instead focused almost her entire speech on her family and the sacrifices she had made to be successful in her career.

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Reintegrative Shaming in Modern Organizations: Lessons from Medieval and Early Modern Scholars

      The University of Western Australia, Perth
      June 8, 2011

      Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds Conference

    • Shame in Self and Organisations

      University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
      November 26, 2010

      5th Asia Pacific Symposium on Emotions in Worklife

    • Emotional Contagion in Computer Mediated Communication

      HEC Montréal, Montréal, Québec
      July 27, 2010

      Tenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations

    • On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B: A Critical Assessment of Theory Development

      Chicago, Illinois
      August 7, 2009

      2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

    • Design Attributions: The Role of Self-Identity, Personality and Emotion

      Berlin, Germany
      February 15, 2009

      Third International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

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