Dr. David Richards

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Academic Qualifications: 

Dr. Richards joined the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University in August 2008. Professor Richards is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration, and holds Master degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Gerontology. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Richards worked for a number of years in healthcare and social services as clinician and a manager. His management experiences include responsibility for corporate policy and projects, quality and risk management, clinical services, and human resources.

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2008
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Undergradudate Courses (For descriptions see the Business Programs Information section in the Lakehead University Course Calendar.

  • Business 2018: Organizational Behaviour I
  • Business 3018: Organizational Behaviour II
  • Business 2038: Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • Business 4098: Human Resources Planning

Graduate Courses (For descriptions see the Business Administration Graduate Programs Information section in the Lakehead University Course Calendar.

  • Business 5211: Current Issues in Management
  • Business 5318: Organizational Behaviour
  • Business 5056: Research Methods
Research Interests: 

Dr. Richards’ primary research interests are in the area of organizational behaviour. Drawing upon theories from management and clinical areas, his research investigates interpersonal relationships at work and how they influence outcomes for individuals, work units, and organizations. Current research projects include investigations of leader-subordinate relationships, organizational citizenship and counterproductive work behaviours, ethical decision making, perceived organizational support.


Experience of Relationships Scale

The Experience of Relationships Scale is an adaptation of the Experience in Close Relationships Scale (ECR) (Brennan, Shaver, & Clark, 1998) that can be used in the workplace or other contexts not involving close personal relationships. 


Sample Publications:

Jiao, C., Richards, D.A. & Zhang, K. (2011). Leadership and organizational citizenship behavior: OCB-specific meanings as mediators. Journal of Business and Psychology, 26(1), 11-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-010-9168-3

Jiao, C., Richards, D. A., & Hackett, R. D. (2013). Organizational citizenship behavior and role breadth: a cross-cultural and meta-analytic analysis. Human Resource Management, 52(5), 697-714https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21555

McLarnon, M.J.W., R. Gellatly, I., A. Richards, D. and Arazy, O. (2023). Knowledge sharing processes and the role of attachment patterns. Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 27 No. 5, pp. 1343-1365. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-08-2021-0622

Richards, D., Albert, L., & Schat, A. (2023). Attachment, stress and interactional justice. Personnel Review.  https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-08-2022-0537

Richards, D. A., & Hackett, R. D. (2012). Attachment and emotion regulation: Compensatory interactions and leader–member exchange. The Leadership Quarterly, 23(4), 686-701.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2012.03.005

Richards, D. A., & Schat, A. C. H. (2011). Attachment at (not to) work: Applying attachment theory to explain individual behavior in organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(1), 169-182https://doi.org/10.1037/a0020372