University of Calgary

Joshua Bourdage

  • Associate Professor


As an Industrial-Organizational Psychology specialist, I study human behavior in the workplace context. My lab is the "Organizational Behaviour and Influence" Laboratory.

For a better idea of some of my research interests and areas of expertise, you can look at my CV ---------->

Examples of some of the areas I research are as follows:

Job Interviews

My interest in job interviews has much to do with the above focus on how individuals influence one another. I study the characteristics of individuals that lead to success in the job interview, the behaviors applicants use in the interview in an attempt to be successful, and the ways in which an interview can be modified to maximize its predictive validity. Much of my recent work focuses on faking in the interview, who does it, and how to detect it. I'm also now working on video interviews, an emerging trend in the practice of interviews. 

Interpersonal Influence and Leadership

At a broad level, I study how individuals influence one another in the workplace. These include behaviors such as impression management and influence tactics. For instance, impression management behaviors are those individuals engage in to influence the impressions others have of them, and could include ingratiation (e.g. flattering others to be perceived as likable) or intimidation (e.g. threatening others to be seen as dangers and get them to act the way you want them to).

One key construct where influence plays an essential role is in leadership. Effective leaders are able to influence others. I study the individual characteristics that influence whether an individual emerges as a leader, as well as the influence behaviors of individuals that make them effective or ineffective at influencing others. We've also done some work on ethical leadership. 

Individual Differences

In addition to these areas, I study the influence that personality plays in the workplace. Previously, I have examined both individual personality, as well as the personality composition of teams. Personality also plays an integral role in the job interview, as well as in determining the types of behaviors individuals use to influence others in the workplace, and leadership. As such, an understanding of personality runs through the other research areas emphasized above. 

Major Grants

The majority of my grant funding is from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grants:

Insight Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Bourdage, J.S. (P.I.). Roulin, N., (Co-Investigator) & Ogunfowora, B. (Co-Investigator)
Manipulation and Influence in the Workplace
Duration: 2018-2022
Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Schmidt, J.A. (P.I.). & Bourdage, J.S. (Co-Investigator)
The Effects of Job Advertisement Messaging and Applicant Traits on Job Pursuit Decisions
Duration: 2019-2021
Insight Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Roulin, N. (P.I.). & Bourdage, J.S. (Co-Investigator)
Differentiating honest from deceptive impression management tactics in employment interviews: Antecedents, mechanisms, and impacts
Duration: 2015-2020

Representative Publications


To see recent publications, you can go to my Google Scholar page at:


Some representative publications from different areas I'm working in are:

Bourdage, J. S., Roulin, N., & Tarraf, R. (2018). “I (might be) just that good”: Honest and deceptive impression management in employment interviews. Personnel Psychology, 71(4), 597-632.

Dunlop, P.D., Bourdage, J.S., De Vries, R.E., Hilbig, B.E., & Zettler, I. (2017). Openness to (Reporting) Experiences that We Never Had: Overclaiming as an Outcome of the Knowledge Accumulated through a Proclivity for Cognitive and Aesthetic Exploration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. DOI:

Bourdage, J.S., Wiltshire, J., & Lee, K. (2015). Personality and workplace impression management: Correlates and implications. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 537-546. DOI: 10.1037/a0037942. 

Lukacik, E., & Bourdage, J.S. (in press). Exploring the Influence of Abusive and Ethical Leadership on Supervisor and Coworker-Targeted Impression Management. Journal of Business and Psychology. 


Curriculum Vitae


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