Vanessa Shum

PhD Student, Doctor of Philosophy Program - Management and Organization Studies



Vanessa is a PhD Candidate in Management & Organization Studies (MOS). Her research interests include the evolving meaning and nature of work, careers, and job mobility in the contemporary labor force. Within her program of study, Vanessa is collaborating with firms across Canada to explore how the modern labor context influences job mobility and voluntary job turnover behaviors of employees. As part of the modern millennial context, Vanessa's research also explores the spillover effects of employees' social media usage on their experiences at work. Vanessa is certified in University Teaching and Learning and facilitates training for new TA/TMs. 

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 achieved UofT’s Frank Reid Prize. She also has a BBA honors from the Beedie School of Business in human resources and marketing. 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

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.