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Marie-Claude Gaudet Wins the Award for the Best Master’s Thesis

May 19, 2010

Marie-Claude Gaudet (MSc 2008), who is working toward her PhD in Human Resources Management at HEC Montréal, won the 2008-2009 Award for the best master's thesis for L'influence du leadership sur les comportements individuels de mobilisation and l'épuisement professionnel : le rôle médiateur de la justice organisationnelle.

The award comes with a $2,000 prize offered by the Fondation Mercure. Hers was selected as the best of the 12 theses chosen as finalists from the different MSc program options.

The jury praised the relevance of her subject, at a time when professional burnout is a major problem – in particular in the health sector, the field in which she did the empirical aspects of her research. The thesis, co-directed by Full Professor Michel Tremblay and Assistant Professor Olivier Doucet, both with the Department of Human Resources Management, examines the effects of leadership behaviour on so-called extra-role behaviour (meaning anything outside an employee’s normal role and tasks) and on the mental health of employees in the healthcare sector, as well as the role of employees’ perception of justice in the influence of their managers’ leadership.

The jury members – Sébastien Arcand, Assistant Professor with the Department of Management, Claude Laurin, Full Professor with the Department of Accounting Studies, and Sylvain Perron, Assistant Professor with the Department of Management Sciences – all emphasized that this was the first study devoted to the effects of extra-role behaviour on psychological health.

Marie-Claude won the Best Paper Award, Human Resources Division, from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) for a paper based on her thesis. At the doctoral level, she has received scholarships from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), Omer DeSerres and HEC Montréal.

Saluting our MSc students' accomplishments

The Award for the best master's thesis is a great way to salute our MSc students' accomplishments. There were 184 new graduates in 2008-2009. A rigorous selection process ensured that the best theses were chosen for this honour. First, the professors responsible for each MSc option chose the best thesis in their options. Then a jury gave the award for the best master’s thesis to the graduating student with the most outstanding thesis in terms of its contribution to advancing knowledge and management practices.

The following students had the best theses in their options:

Shady Aboul-Enein, Applied Financial Economics option
Thesis title: Collateralized Fund Obligation (CFO) : Analyse de la performance de la tranche d’équité d’une transaction de titrisation de fonds de fonds de couverture
Co-directors: Georges Dionnes and Nicolas Papageorgiou

Philippe Achkar, Applied Economics option 
Titre du mémoire: To Bribe or Not to Bribe? An Analysis of Firm-Level Determinants of Corruption
Director: Bernard Gauthier

Tarek Ben Rhouma, Business Intelligence option
Thesis title: Les ventes aux enchères sur Internet : Les enchérisseurs tardifs et les enchérisseurs progressifs
Director: Georges Zaccour

Marie-Hélène Claveau, Marketing option
Thesis title: Les facteurs explicatifs de l'intérêt manifesté pour les Jeux paralympiques
Co-directors: Alain D'Astous and François Colbert

Mathieu Fournier, Finance option
Thesis title: Volatilité stochastique et stratégies de duplication en présence de coûts de transaction
Co-directors: Pascal François and Lars Stentoft

Chloé Jacob, International Business option
Thesis title: Le partenariat Bavière-Québec : un exemple de diplomatie triangulaire des affaires
Director: Alain Noël

Karine Laflamme, Organizational Development option
Thesis title: Modèle de performance d'équipe de gestion du changement dans le cadre de l'implantation d'un progiciel de gestion 
Director: Céline Bareil

Hugues Langlois-Bertrand, Financial Engineering option
Thesis title: Création d'actifs synthétiques par treillis stochastiques
Co-directors: Bruno Rémillard and Nicolas Papageorgiou

Anne-Sophie Lucier, Operations and Production Management option
Thesis title: Les perceptions des chercheurs dans un champ en émergence : le cas de la nanotechnologie
Director: Silvia Ponce

Mylène Vezeau, Management option
Thesis title: Une exploration du rôle des cadres intermédiaires mis en pratique pendant l'implantation d'une culture de performance
Director: Linda Rouleau

Grégory Vial, Information Technologies option
Thesis title: An Institutional Analysis of Outsourced Information Systems Development Projects
Director: Suzanne Rivard

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