Dionne Pohler

Fellow in Co-operative Strategy and Governance
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
University of Saskatchewan

Assistant professor, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
Woodsworth College
University of Toronto
Phone: 416-978-4444
Fax: 416-978-6111
Email: dionne.pohler@utoronto.ca



Education
  • PhD, Alberta
  • BComm, Dalhousie
  • Certified Human Resources Professsional (CHRP)
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Dionne is an assistant professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. Her research in employment relations and human resource management has included comparing the processes of HR professionalization in Canada and the USA, and exploring the impact of relationships among strategy, HR, unions, and employee voice and involvement on individuals and organizations. More recent research includes projects on compensation/HR systems and inequality, and organizational implementation of and compliance with labour and employment policy.

Dionne is also a Fellow in Co-operative Strategy and Governance with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, where she previously held positions at both the Edwards School of Business and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Her major research projects with the Co-op Centre include understanding the socio-political economy of organizational governance, particularly in the Canadian credit union system, and developing a co-operative model of economic and social development in Western Canadian rural and Aboriginal communities as one of the co-investigators on the Co-operative Innovation Project. This project required extensive community outreach and engagement, and the research results led in 2016 to the creation of a non-profit organization — Co-operatives First — dedicated to working with rural and Aboriginal communities to address the needs identified by these community members.

Dionne has published articles in top academic journals in her field including Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society,  British Journal of Industrial Relations, Personnel Psychology, and Human Resource Management. She won two international awards for her research from the Academy of Management and the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and two teaching awards from the University of Saskatchewan. She has also received two SSHRC grants and one major industry grant for her research, and has been an active public commentator on various issues related to her areas of research expertise.


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Co-op–Related Research Projects and Publications
  • Fulton, Murray, Brett Fairbairn, and Dionne Pohler. 2017. Credit Unions in Canada: Design Principles for Greater Co-operation. Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

  • Fairbairn, Brett,  Murray Fulton, and Dionne Pohler. 2017. “Three Things to Remember When Building a Board,”  Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post, 9 August.

  • Fulton, Murray, Brett Fairbairn, and Dionne Pohler. 2015. Governance as a Determinant of Success or Failure: What Other Co-ops Can Learn from Co-op Atlantic. Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

  • Fulton, Murray, and Dionne Pohler. 2014. "Co-operative Development in Rural and Aboriginal Communities." Saskatchewan Business Magazine, April/May.

  • Pohler, Dionne, and Murray Fulton. 2013. "Why we should take the co-operative business model more seriously." StarPhoenix, November 8.

  • Fulton, Murray, and Dionne Pohler. 2015. "Governance and Managerial Effort in Consumer-Owned Enterprises." European Review of Agricultural Economics 42, no. 5: 713–37. https://doi.org/10.1093/erae/jbv026

  • Fulton, Murray, Dionne Pohler, and Brett Fairbairn. "The Political Economy of Good Co-operative Governance." Working Paper.

  • Fairbairn, Brett, Murray Fulton, and Dionne Pohler. "Governance of Co-operative Federations: Principles and a Framework for Research." Working Paper.

  • Fulton, Murray, Dionne Pohler, Merle Massie, Darcy Overlander, and Wu Haotao. Co-operative Development in Rural and Aboriginal Communities in Western Canada. Data Analysis.



Other Publications
  • Pohler, Dionne, and Joseph Schmidt. 2015. "Does Pay-For-Performance Strain the Employment Relationship? The Effect of Manager Bonus Eligibility on Non-Management Employee Turnover." Personnel Psychology, Online Early View: doi: 10.1111/peps.12106.

  • Pohler, Dionne, and Andrew Luchak. 2014. "Balancing Efficiency, Equity and Voice: The Impact of Unions and High Involvement Work Practices on Work Outcomes." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 67, no. 4: 1063–94. (Lead Article)

  • Pohler, Dionne, and Andrew Luchak. 2014. "Are Unions Good or Bad for Organizations? The Moderating Role of Management's Response." British Journal of Industrial Relations, Online Early View: DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12042.

  • Pohler, Dionne, and Chelsea Willness. 2014. "Balancing Interests in the Search for Occupational Legitimacy: The HR Professionalization Project in Canada." Human Resource Management 53, no. 3: 467–88.

  • Pohler, Dionne, and Andrew Luchak. 2014. "The Missing Employee in Employee Voice Research." In The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, ed. A. Wilkinson, J. Donaghey, T. Dundon, and R. Freeman, 188-207. Edward Elgar.

  • Pohler, Dionne. 2014. "Ontario: Please Come Back to the CCHRA." The Canadian HR Reporter, July.

  • Pohler, Dionne. 2013. "Labour Union Impacts on Organizations and Employees in Canada." Western Policy Analyst 5, no. 2: 7–8.

  • Book Review of V. Doellgast. 2012. Disintegrating Democracy at Work: The Future of Good Jobs in the Service Economy. Ithaca NY: Cornell ILR Press. Work and Occupations (2013) 40, no. 1: 67–69.

  • Pohler, Dionne. 2012. "The Merit of a Points-Based Merit System at the Edwards School of Business." Ivey Publishing. Product #9B11C042, Teaching Note #8B11C042, 17 January.

  • Pohler, Dionne. 2011. "Creating a High Engagement Culture at Aeroplan." Effectif 14, no. 4 (September/October): 45–46.

  • Brandl, Julia, and Dionne Pohler. 2010. "The Human Resource Department's Role and Conditions That Affect Its Development: Explanations from Austrian CEOs." Human Resource Management 49, no. 6: 1025–46.

  • Luchak, Andrew, and Dionne Pohler. 2010. "Pensions as Psychological Contracts: Implications for Work Outcomes." Industrial Relations 49, no. 1: 61–82.

  • Luchak, Andrew, Dionne Pohler, and I. Gellatly. 2008. "When Do Committed Employees Retire? The Effects of Organizational Commitment on Retirement Plans." Human Resource Management 47, no. 3: 581–99.