David Hannah

Associate Professor, Management and Organization Studies


Room: SGL 3325

Phone: 778.782.7827

Email: drhannah@sfu.ca

Curriculum Vitae: View


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


David R. Hannah is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and presently an Associate Professor of Management at the Beedie School of Business.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a Past President of the Western Academy of Management and their 2008 Ascendant Scholar. 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, 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 was recently selected as an approved speaker for the Mackay CEO forums.  Dr. Hannah is a past recipient of the SFU Business Research Award and the TD-Canada Trust Teaching Excellence Award.  

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

Hannah, D. R. (2019). Generative Curiosity Three Years On: Encouraging Expansionist Curiosity. Journal of Management Inquiry, 1-5. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492619882887

Robertson, K. M., Lautsch, B., & Hannah, D. R. (2019). Role negotiation and systems-level work-life balance. Personnel Review, 48(2), 570-594. http://doi.org/10.1108/PR-11-2016-0308

Hannah, D. R., Parent, M. M., Pitt, L. F., & Berthon, P. (2018). Secrets and knowledge management strategy: the role of secrecy appropriation mechanisms in realizing value from firm innovations. Journal of Knowledge Management. http://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-09-2017-0389

Hannah, D. R., Meyer, A. D., & Seidel, M. L. (2018). Escape from Abilene: The developmental opportunity of the review process. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27(2), 140-143. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492617726270

Faems, D., & Hannah, D. R. (2018). A retrospective examination of a successful developmental reviewing process. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27(2), 144-148. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492617726712

Stackman, R. W., & Hannah, D. R. (2017). Generative curiosity: Introducing JMI's newest section. Journal of Management Inquiry, 26(1), 112-115. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492616655075

Hannah, D. R., & Robertson, K. M. (2017). Human-animal work: A massive, understudied domain of human activity. Journal of Management Inquiry, 26(1), 116-118. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492616655076

Hannah, D. R., Treen, E. R., Pitt, L. F., & Berthon, P. R. (2016). But you promised! Managing consumers' psychological contracts. Business Horizons, 59(4), 363-368. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2016.02.003

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. http://doi.org/10.1177/2379298115676750

Robertson, K. M., Lautsch, B., & Hannah, D. R. (2015). The secret to protecting trade secrets: How to create positive secrecy climates in organizations. Business Horizons, 58(6), 669–677. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2015.07.004

Hannah, D. R., & Robertson, K. M. (2015). Why and how do employees break and bend confidential information protection rules? Journal of Management Studies, 52(3), 381-413. http://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12120

Hannah, D. R., Parent, M. M., Pitt, L. F., & Berthon, P. (2014). It's a secret: Marketing value and the denial of availability. Business Horizons, 57(1), 49-59. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2013.09.001

Plangger, K. A., Kietzmann, J. H., Pitt, L. F., Berthon, P., & Hannah, D. R. (2013). Nomen est omen: formalizing customer labeling theory. Academy of Marketing Science Review, 3(4), 193-204. http://doi.org/10.1007/s13162-013-0054-9

Hannah, D. R., & Lautsch, B. (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. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492610375988

Peredo, A. M., & Hannah, D. R. (2011). Rethinking management education and scholarship. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(2), 178-179. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492610394744

Hannah, D. R., & Peredo, A. M. (2011). Concluding thoughts. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(2), 192-195. http://doi.org/10.1177/1056492610394746

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. http://doi.org/10.1177/1052562909333983

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. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-007-9406-4

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00694.x

Hannah, D. R. (2006). Keeping trade secrets secret. 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. http://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.1040.0113

Beyer, J., & Hannah, D. R. (2002). Building on the past: Enacting established personal identities in a new work setting. Organization Science, 13(6), 636-652. http://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.13.6.636.495