Dr. Scott MacMillan, Associate Professor, Management, Nonprofit Leadership

Dr Scott MacMillan

Scott MacMillan is originally from Fredericton, N.B. where he completed a Bachelor of Physical Education degree at UNB. He then worked for the YMCA for twenty years in various management, research, and consulting positions (Fredericton, Regina, Halifax, Toronto and Jerusalem). After deciding it was time for a career change he returned to school for his Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. in Management at Saint Mary’s University. He also completed a Certificate in Adult Education and is a certified career counselor. He began teaching management courses in 2001 and has taught at a variety of universities including Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie, Acadia, and Cape Breton before coming to MSVU. He has also taught in China (Zuhai in 2008, Suzhou in 2012 and Fuzhou in 2014). He conducts research on meaning in work, career development, leadership, and management education. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled, Towards an Existential Approach to the Meaning of Work. He is the author of The Big Game: 10 Strategies for Winning at Life (Llewellyn, 2003).

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Dr. Scott MacMillan
Associate Professor

Office: McCain Centre 405M
Phone: 902 457 5991
Fax: 902 445 2582
Email: Scott.MacMillan@msvu.ca
Office Hours: Available by appointment.

BPE (UNB), MBA (Saint Mary’s), Ph.D. (Saint Mary’s)

Joined MSVU: 2010

Relevant Prior Work Experience:
Worked for the YMCA for twenty years in various management, research, and consulting positions (Fredericton, Regina, Halifax, Jerusalem, Toronto). Also a certified career counselor.

Courses Taught:
BUSI 1112 (Introduction to Business), BUSI 2012 (Work and Career), BUSI/THMT 2202 (Communications Management), BUSI 2214 Organizational Behaviour I), BUSI 2215 (Organizational Behaviour II), BUSI 3313 (Human Resource Management) and BUSI 4414 (Leadership Theory)

Research Interests:
Meaning in work, career development, leadership, management education.

Research Grants:
New Scholars Grant, MSVU

Academic Activities and Publications:

  • MacMIllan, S. (2016). “The YMCA in Canada: Towards a new organizational paradigm,” Association for Nonprofit & Social Economy Research Conference, Calgary, AB.
  • MacMillan, S. & Yue, A. (2014). Critical thinking in the globalized business classroom: The Existential imperative. Global Review: Teaching Business in the Global Century, 1(2), 33-56.
  • Yue, A & MacMillan, S. (2013). Canadian Perspectives on Global Careers, in C. Reis and Baruch. Critical Perspectives on Global Careers. New York: Routledge.
  • MacMillan, S; Yue, A.R. & Mills, A.J. (2012). Both how and why: Considering Existentialism as a Philosophy of Work and Management. Philosophy of Management, 11(3), 27-46.
  • MacMillan, S. & Yue, A. (2012). Finding meaning through work: Untangling the braided discourses. Workplace Review, November, 28-49.
  • MacMillan, S. & Yue, A. (2012). “Understanding work-life balance through existentialism”,Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • MacMillan, S. (2011). Meaning in work: An existential critique of the discourse of callings. Workplace Review, July, 56-71.
  • MacMillan, S. & Yue, A. (2011). “Finding meaning through work: Untangling the braided discourses,” Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Charlottetown, PEI.
  • MacMillan, S. (2011). “Towards a New Leadership Paradigm: The YMCA in Canada,” Sustainable Community Business Conference, Sydney, NS.
  • MacMillan, S. (2011). “The Future of Work: Jobs, Careers, Callings?” Canadian Industrial Relations Association Conference, Fredericton, NB.
  • MacMillan, S. (2010). “Meaning in Work: An Existential Critique of the Discourse of Callings,” Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Bygrave, C., & MacMillan, S. (2008). Spirituality and the workplace: A wake-up call from the American Dream. Journal of Workplace Rights, 13(1).
  • MacMillan, S. (2006). “Motivation” in A. Mills, J. Helms Mills, C. Forshaw, and J. Bratton, Organizational Behaviour in a Global Context. Aurora: Garamond Press.
  • MacMillan, S. (2006). “Existentialism, Spirituality and Work: Toward a Paradigm of Authenticity,” Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Weatherbee, T.; Dye, K.; MacMillan, S. & Vladi, N. (2005). “The State of Canadian Management Research: A Question of Measurement,” Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Halifax, NS.

Management Training:

  • Leadership module – Nunavut Advanced Management Diploma (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Leadership module – The Gambia Police force (2005, 2007)
  • Planning facilitator – SMU Masters in Co-operative Management Program (2009)