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David Hannah

Professor, Management and Organization Studies


Room: SGL 3325

Phone: 778.782.7827


Curriculum Vitae: View


Ph.D. Organization Science (University of Texas at Austin), B.Comm.Hon (University of British Columbia)


David R. Hannah is a Professor of Management at the Beedie School of Business. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focuses on how individuals at work can cope effectively with the challenges and dilemmas of organizational life, and how they can help others to do so. His research has been published in numerous leading journals, including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Management Studies, Sloan Management Review, Business Horizons, Journal of Management Inquiry, Psychology and Marketing, and the Journal of Business Ethics. He edits the Generative Curiosity section of the Journal of Management Inquiry.  In addition to his research interests, Dr. Hannah is a sought-after teacher and speaker who has worked with numerous local and international corporations as well as corporate leaders and boards.  His teaching interests include leadership, negotiations, decision-making, and general management.  He is a Past President of the Western Academy of Management and their 2008 Ascendant Scholar.

Research Interests

Dr. Hannah's research and teaching focuses on how individuals at work can cope effectively with the dilemmas of organizational life, and how they can help others to do so.  He is presently interested in the challenges involved in working with animals, including managing one's emotions and finding meaningfulness.  Dr. Hannah has longstanding interests in the protection of trade secrets in organizations, and qualitative research methods. 

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Ferreira, C., Hannah, D., McCarthy, I., Pitt, L., & Lord Ferguson, S. (2022). This Place Is Full of It: Towards an Organizational Bullshit Perception Scale. Psychological Reports, 65(6), 751-763.

ROBERTSON, K. M., O'REILLY, J., & HANNAH, D. R. (2020). Finding meaning in relationships: The impact of network ties and structure on the meaningfulness of work. Academy of Management Review, 45(3), 596-619.

McCarthy, I. P., Hannah, D., Pitt, L. F., & McCarthy, J. M. (2020). Confronting indifference toward truth: Dealing with workplace bullshit. Business Horizons, 63(3), 253-263.

Lee, L. W., Hannah, D., & McCarthy, I. P. (2020). Do your employees think your slogan is “fake news?” A framework for understanding the impact of fake company slogans on employees. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 29(2), 199-208.

Hannah, D. R., & Robertson, K. (2020). Emotional regulation in veterinary work: Do you know your comfort zone? Canadian Veterinary Journal, 61(2), 178-180.

Hannah, D., Parent, M., Pitt, L., & Berthon, P. (2019). Secrets and knowledge management strategy: the role of secrecy appropriation mechanisms in realizing value from firm innovations. Journal of Knowledge Management, 23(2), 297-312.

Robertson, K. M., Lautsch, B. A., & Hannah, D. R. (2019). Role negotiation and systems-level work-life balance. Personnel Review, 48(2), 570-594.

Faems, D., & Hannah, D. R. (2018). A Retrospective Examination of a Successful Developmental Reviewing Process. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27(2), 144-148.

Hannah, D., Treen, E., Pitt, L., & Berthon, P. (2016). But you promised! Managing consumers' psychological contracts. Business Horizons, 59(4), 363-368.

Hannah, D. R., & Robertson, K. M. (2016). Jarvis manufacturing: An experiential exercise for teaching the fundamentals of teamwork. Management Teaching Review, 1(1), 7-18.

Robertson, K. M., Hannah, D. R., & Lautsch, B. A. (2015). The secret to protecting trade secrets: How to create positive secrecy climates in organizations. Business Horizons, 58(6), 669-677.

Hannah, D. R., & Robertson, K. (2015). Why and how do employees break and bend confidential information protection rules? Journal of Management Studies, 52(3), 381-413.

Hannah, D., Parent, M., Pitt, L., & Berthon, P. (2014). It's a secret: Marketing value and the denial of availability. Business Horizons, 57(1), 49-59.

Plangger, K., Kietzmann, J. H., Pitt, L. F., Berthon, P., & Hannah, D. (2013). Nomen est omen: formalizing customer labeling theory. AMS Review, 3(4), 193-204.

Hannah, D. R., & Peredo, A. M. (2011). Concluding thoughts. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(2), 192-195.

Hannah, D. R., & Peredo, A. M. (2011). Rethinking management education and scholarship. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(2), 178-179.

Hannah, D. R., & Lautsch, B. A. (2011). Counting in qualitative research: Why to conduct it, when to avoid it, and when to closet it. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(1), 14-22.

Hannah, D. R., & Venkatachary, R. (2010). Putting "organizations" into an organization theory course: A hybrid cao model for teaching organization theory. Journal of Management Education, 34(2), 200-223.

Hannah, D. R., & Zatzick, C. D. (2008). An examination of leader portrayals in the U.S. business press following the landmark scandals of the early 21st century. Journal of Business Ethics, 79(4), 361-377.

Hannah, D. R. (2007). An examination of the factors that influence whether newcomers protect or share secrets of their former employers. Journal of Management Studies, 44(4), 465-487.

Hannah, D. R. (2006). Keeping trade secrets secret. MIT Sloan Management Review, 47(3), 17-20.

Hannah, D. R. (2005). Should I keep a secret? The effects of trade secret protection procedures on employees' obligations to protect trade secrets. Organization Science, 16(1), 71-84.

Beyer, J. M., & Hannah, D. R. (2002). Building on the past: Enacting established personal identities in a new work setting. Organization Science, 13(6), 636-652.

Related Teaching Material

Hannah, D. R., Lord Ferguson, S. T., & Parent, M. M. (2019). Accounting Exam Irregularities in an MBA Program. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B19C005..

Hannah, D. R., Lord Ferguson, S. T., & Parent, M. M. (2019). Accounting Exam Irregularities in an MBA Program (B). Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B19C006..