Assoc Prof J Richardson

Organisational Behaviour, York University, Toronto

  • Area of Specialisation:
    • Organizational Behaviour,
    • International Human Resource Management,
    • Career Theory
  • Faculty/Key Office:
    • Organisational Behaviour, York University, Toronto
    • Associate Editor, Career Development International & International Journal of Management Reviews
  • Education:
    • PhD University of Otago, NZ,
    • MA Manchester University, UK,
    • PostGrad Cert of Edu, Manchester Metropolitan Univ
To get the most out of this challenging course, you’ll need to engage with a broad variety of complex theories, practices and cultural contexts.

There is a strong group component which means you will have to work effectively with other students. In addition to expanding your understanding of leader and follower behaviours, come prepared for some ‘spirited’ discussions and, above all else, to enjoy the course!

International teaching and industry experience

Julia’s interest in careers, and global leadership careers in particular, stems from her own international work experience. She worked in the private and public sectors in the UK, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore prior to taking her current position at York University, Toronto. Her corporate experience focused primarily on career coaching, recruitment and selection, and training and development. In her position at York University, Julia teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, with a specific focus on international human resource management and career management. Outside of York, Julia is the past chair of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management, and Associate Editor for two scholarly journals: Career Development International and the International Journal of Management Reviews.

Reasons Julia enjoys teaching in the MBA programme

Teaching on the Otago MBA programme is always one of the highlights of her academic year, primarily because of the diversity of students’ professional, academic and personal experiences. Having so much diversity in one classroom adds an extra ‘edge’ to learning outcomes and, equally importantly, offers a unique opportunity to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about the implications of what it means to be a leader. In addition to its academic rigour, the MBA also offers a first class opportunity for making friends and exploring opportunities for future professional collaborations. 'What more could I ask for?' said Julia.

Global Relevance of the Organisational Leadership Course

This course explores what it means to be a leader in an ever changing global business environment. We will critically evaluate contemporary theories and practices in organisational behaviour and the implications and possibilities for leadership in cross-cultural contexts, including in MNCs, SMEs and small family businesses. The course draws on contemporary studies of leadership and management opportunities and experiences in different cultural contexts. In so doing it incorporates a critical perspective on the idea of global mobility as a pre-requisite to career success. The course also considers the implications of global mobility, initiatives for leadership and senior management careers, and how an international career impacts on leaders and followers.