Kent A. Williams

Assistant Professor


Phone: 902-791-5323
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Leadership studies
  • Ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Experiential learning
  • Sustainability


  • BComm (Dalhousie University)
  • MA, Leadership (Royal Roads University)
  • DSocSci (Royal Roads University)

Research Interests

Professor Williams’ research interests include complexity and enabling leadership capacity that imbues critical and resilient thinking. He is interested in exploring holding environments that strip away cultural coding and expose the genetic coding of the authentic self, connecting individuals and collectives in networks and systems thinking perspectives. This includes understandings of social-ecological systems that encompass fairness, prosperity and sustainability.

Selected Publications

  • Linking ethical leadership and ethical climate to employees’ ethical behavior: The moderating role of person-organization fit. Al Halbusi, H., Williams, K.A., Ramayah, T., Aldieri, L., Vinci, C.P. Personnel Review, forthcoming  (2020)
  • Does ethical leadership enhance employee ethical behavior? Leader moral attentiveness, climate, and justice perceptions—Evidence from Iraq. Al Halbusi, H., Tang, T.L-P., Williams, K.A., Ramayah, T. Business Ethics: A European Review, forthcoming  (2020)
  • Examining the impact of ethical leadership and organizational justice on employees’ ethical behavior: Does person-organization fit play a role? Al Halbusi, H., Williams, K.A., Mansoor, H.O., Hassan, M.S., Hamid, F.A.H. Ethics and Behavior 30(7), 514-532 (2020)

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2015  Irving K. Barber One World International Scholarship. Award supported international scholarship experience that developed language acquisition and cultural cohesion.
  • 2015  TD Environmental Sustainability Scholarship. Award recognized research contributions to sustainable approaches in leadership and organizational development.

Current Teaching

  • COMM 2310  Busiiness Ethics & Corporate Responsibility