December 12, 2013Associate Professor Eric Brunelle (Management) has received the Best Paper Award from the International Journal of Business and Social Science (IJBSS) for his paper entitled “Leadership and Mobile Working: The Impact of Distance on the Superior-Subordinate Relationship and the Moderating Effects of Leadership Style.”
The winning paper presents research using data gathered from 286 mobile workers, to evaluate the impact of distance on their performance and of their managers’ leadership style in this context. In short, the research findings indicate that both the physical and psychological distances involved in mobile working have a negative impact, but that this can be mitigated by adequate leadership on the manager’s part.
Professor Brunelle holds a PhD in Technology Management from Polytechnique Montréal and an MSc in Administration from HEC Montréal, and has been teaching different programs and executive training courses at the School since 2001. He was a consultant for SMBs and large firms for several years before joining HEC Montréal on a permanent basis in 2008. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2013, he has received several distinctions, including awards for teaching excellence in 2012 and 2007, and the Teaching Innovation Award, in 2009. He has been the Director and Editor-in-Chief of Gestion magazine since 2013, and is also associated with the Pierre Péladeau Chair of Leadership, the HEC Montréal Health Centre and the Tech3Lab. He is currently conducting research into e-leadership, remote management and leaders’ personalities.