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Vanessa Shum

PhD Candidate, MOS



Vanessa is a PhD Candidate in Business Administration with a research focus in Management & Organizational Studies (MOS). Her research interests revolve around the changing nature of employment relationships and in particular, the impact of enhanced job mobility and social media on employees’ work experiences. Through her research, Vanessa aims to contribute theoretical and practical implications on how employees and employers perceive external mobility and how social media is influencing employees’ work experiences, networks, and attraction to the external market. Vanessa is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation research was also awarded the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Foundation Dissertation Grant. She has published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and presented at the Academy of Management conference. Vanessa is also certified in University Teaching and Learning and a Sessional HR Instructor at the Beedie School of Business.

Vanessa joins us after completing her Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto. Vanessa was the top graduating student of her year and awarded UofT’s Frank Reid Prize. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Vanessa worked in industry at a leading professional services firm and a large multi-union transit authority.

Research Interests

Human resources; Organization behaviour; Careers; Voluntary job turnover; Job mobility; Millennial mindset; Social media at work. 

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Zhang, R., Paluch, R., Shum, V., Zatzick, C. D., & Robinson, S. (2021). Hot, cold, or both? A person-centered perspective on death awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Shum, V., Park, A., Maine, E., & Pitt, L. F. (2019). A Bibliometric Study of Research-Technology Management, 1998–2017: An analysis of 20 years of RTM articles offers a perspective on trends and evolutions in the journal’s content and in the field of innovation management. Research Technology Management, 62(1), 34-43.


Shum, V. (2018, August). One Foot in, One Foot out: Influences on Millennial Turnover Behaviors. In the Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, United States