Catherine Loughln

Professor; Jodrey Chair in Business & Society

Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave, Room 4092
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Building healthy leadership systems
  • Complexity, transformational & empowering leadership
  • Occupational health and safety & mental health
  • Leadership in high reliability organizations (e.g., health care, first responders)
  • Decision-making & conflict resolution in complex environments
  • Knowledge transfer & coaching across generations
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion


  • PhD (Queen's)
  • MA (Queen's)
  • BSc (Calgary)

Research Interests

Dr. Loughlin’s research focuses on building leadership systems to support healthy and inclusive workplaces. She coaches senior leaders on organizational change, conflict resolution, workplace stress, and mental health, across government and industry, and has coordinated change initiatives across sectors. Her interdisciplinary research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Research. Her most recent work focusses on links between leadership, complexity theory, mental/physical health, and performance.

Selected Awards, Honours, Grants

  • 2023–2028  Building healthy leadership systems starts with our leaders. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) & Sport Canada Insight Grant ($317,567).
  • 2023  Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2018–2023  Diversity specific transformational leadership. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant ($128,237).
  • 2022  President's Award for Research Excellence, Saint Mary's University
  • 2020–2022  Fostering a gender equality culture at work: Leveraging leadership, inclusion, and self-care training. Federal Government of Canada, Day (PI), Loughlin & Arnold (CI's), $334,310.

Selected Publications

  • Is competence without humility wasted in building the trust necessary for knowledge transfer in younger/older worker dyads? Scheuer, C.-L., Loughlin, C., Ford, D. & Edwards, D. Journal of Knowledge Management  (in press) (ABDC Journal Quality Ranking: A).
  • Can you always catch more flies with honey than with vinegar? Applying an asymmetric approach to transformational leadership research. Scheuer, C.-L., Loughlin, C., & Woodside, A.G. Journal of Business and Psychology, 37, 191-213  (2022)  (ABDC Journal Quality Ranking: A).
  • Seizing the benefits of age diversity: Could empowering leadership be the answer? Scheuer, C.-L. & Loughlin, C. Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, 42(3), 495-515  (2021)  (ABDC Journal Quality Ranking: B).
  • Could the aging workforce reduce the agency penalty for female leaders? Re-examining the think-manager-think male stereotype. Scheuer, C.-L. & Loughlin, C. Journal of Management and Organization, 26(1), 29-51  (2020)  (ABDC Journal Quality Ranking: B).
  • Continuing the conversation: Questioning the who, what, and when of leaning in. Arnold, K.A. & Loughlin, C. Academy of Management Perspectives, 33(1), 94-109  (2019) (ABDC Journal Quality Ranking: A).


  • BUSS 6103 – Research Reading & Conference
  • BUSI 6996 – Sustainable Leadership
  • BUSI 6994 – Leading in Complexity