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Kenneth McBey

School of Administrative Studies
School of Human Resource Management

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
 
Office: 252 Atkinson
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33390
Emailkmcbey@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.atkinson.yorku.ca/mhrm/ken.html
 
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Dr. Kenneth McBey is a professor of Human Resources and Disaster & Emergency Management at York University. His research and teaching draw on his earlier career as an infantry officer in the Canadian army, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and commanding officer of the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Throughout his military career, he held a wide variety of command and staff appointments, including those in human resources related areas such as recruiting, operations and training, and personnel officer (adjutant). This real-life testing of academic theories has proved to be of invaluable assistance to his scholarly work in the academic realm.

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Research Interests

Management , Human Resources , Organizational Behaviour, Disaster & Emergency Management, Leadership


Dr. Kenneth McBey is a professor of Human Resources and Disaster & Emergency Management at York University. His research and teaching draw on his earlier career as an infantry officer in the Canadian army, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and commanding officer of the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Throughout his military career, he held a wide variety of command and staff appointments, including those in human resources related areas such as recruiting, operations and training, and personnel officer (adjutant). This real-life testing of academic theories has proved to be of invaluable assistance to his scholarly work in the academic realm.


Professor McBey earned an Honours B.A. in political economy and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Dr. McBey has served as director of York University’s graduate and undergraduate Human Resources Management programs, and he was the founding faculty member of York's Disaster & Emergency Management program. He teaches a wide variety of courses including Human Resources Planning, Leadership and Management Skills, Recruitment, Selection and Performance Appraisal, Staffing Organizations, Training and Development, Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Theory, and Social & Behavioural Dimensions of Disasters. He has been a visiting professor at the Aberdeen Business School and the Graduate Programmes in Human Resources and in Management at the University of Aberdeen, and Robert Gordon University, Scotland, The Australian National University, and the University of Otago, New Zealand. Professor McBey is active in a wide variety of community and voluntary associations, and he serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada for making a “significant contribution to his fellow citizens, community and to Canada.” Among Professor McBey’s other honours and awards are the J. Reginald Adams Gold Medal from the University of Toronto, the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal for outstanding service to Canada, the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.), and appointment to the Order of St. John by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Area of Specialization

Human Resources Management


Degrees

PhD, Schulich/York University
MBA, Schulich/York University
BEd, University of Toronto
BA, University of Toronto


Research Interests:

Management , Human Resources , Organizational Behaviour, Disaster & Emergency Management, Leadership