Nicholous Deal, Assistant Professor, Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Strategic Human Resource Management

Nicholous (Nick) Deal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Tourism, at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. His main teaching areas are in management, nonprofit leadership, and strategic human resource management, but he also lectures in communication studies as well. Nick has a wealth of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in three universities and has won praise from his students as “Full-Time Professor of the Year” twice since 2018.

Nick is engaged in the final stages of his doctoral dissertation that promises a methodological contribution to historical organization studies vis-à-vis a fusion between actor-network theory, micro-historical analysis, and amodernism. This innovative method of ‘doing’ history attempts to destabilize dominant historical narratives while also recovering marginalized voices of the past. His research has appeared in the Journal of Management History, Management & Organizational History, and Management Decision. He current serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management History, is the graduate student/junior faculty representative for the Management History Division of the Academy of Management, and past chair of the Business History Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

Service to the Mount community and the greater Halifax region is also a priority for Nick. He has had the privilege of working with students to help oversee the successful revival of an Enactus chapter at the Mount; coach and advise students for case competitions, academic advising, and career coaching; serve on various Department, faculty, and union committees, and; sit on nonprofit boards throughout the city.

Detailed Profile

Nicholous Deal
Assistant Professor
Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Strategic Human Resource Management

Office:
Phone: 902 457
Fax: 902 445 2582
Email: Nicholous.Deal@msvu.ca
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 9-10:30am; Tuesday/Thursday 11am to 12pm; and available by appointment.

Qualifications:
Academic: BTh (Northeast Christian College), BBA (Mount Saint Vincent University), MBA (Saint Mary’s University), PhD in Business Administration (Candidate; Saint Mary’s University)

Professional Designations: CIM (Canadian Institute of Management), CPHR (Candidate – Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia).

Joined the Mount: 2020

Relevant Prior Work Experience:

Department of Business & Tourism, Mount Saint Vincent University (2016 – Present)
Department of Communication Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University (2016 – Present)
Department of Management, Saint Mary’s University (2016 – Present)
Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank Association (2014 – Present)
Finance and Administration, One Church (2011 – Present)

Courses Taught:

Strategic Management, Introduction to Business, Communication & Self-Management Skills, Business Ethics, Managing Diversity: Gender & Other Issues, Strategic Compensation, Human Resource Management, International Business Management, Organizational Context in PR, Research Methods of PR, Organizational Communication, Introduction to Social Media, Research Methods of PR, and Employee Relations.

Research Interests:

Management and organizational history; history of management education and development of theory; management theory in Canada; actor-network theory; microhistory; storytelling; critical management studies; critical perspectives on leadership; intersectionality; equality, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Research Grants (since 2005):

External Research Grants:
Research Assistant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant titled:
Reassembling Canadian management knowledge: dispersion, equity, identity and history (2013-2018).

Internal Research Grants:

  • Bernard Kline Memorial Fellowship (2018).
  • Harry and Lily Rutte Award for Spirituality and the Workplace Student Paper (2017).
  • Saint Mary’s University Graduate Fellowship (2016-2019).

Academic Activities and Publications (since 2005):

Book:

  • Mills, A.J., & Deal, N.M. (Eds.). (forthcoming). A World Scientific encyclopedia of business storytelling: Methodologies and big data analysis of business storytelling (series edited by D.M. Boje). London: World Scientific Europe.

Book Chapters:

  • Deal, N.M., & Hartt, C.M. (2021). A ghost in the machine: The historic caste system of Mexico as a durable actor impacting bias. In J. Helms Mills & A. Thurlow (Eds.), A World Scientific encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and business storytelling: Methodologies and big data analysis of business storytelling (series edited by D.M. Boje). London: World Scientific Europe.
  • Deal, N.M., Mills A.J., Helms Mills, J., & Durepos, G. (2019). History in the making: Pan American Airways and Wolfgang Langewiesche. In C. Hartt (Ed.), Connecting values to action: Non-corporeal actants and choice (pp. 37-52). Bingly, UK: Emerald. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78973-307-520191004

Journal Articles:

Conference Presentations:

  • Deal, N.M., & Hartt, C.M. (2020). A ghost in the machine: The historic caste system of Mexico as a durable actor impacting bias. Paper presented at the annual meting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (Business History Division), St. John’s, Newfoundland (online).
  • Richard, T.J., Deal, N.M., & Mills, A.J. (2019). Damsels in distress: Discourses of entrepreneurship in Canadian management textbooks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Schools of Business, Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • Hendricks, K., Deal, N.M., Helms Mills, J., and Mills, A.J. (2019). Intersectionality as a matter of time: The case of British Airways. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management (Management History Division), Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Deal, N.M. (2019). ‘Zooming in’ on ANTi-Microhistory: A critical historiography of Air Canada. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (Business History Division), St. Catharine’s, Ontario.
  • Hendricks, K., Deal, N.M., Helms Mills, J., and Mills, A. J. (2019). Intersectionality as a matter of time: The case of British Airways. Presented at the Godess Institute, Hanken University, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Deal, N.M., Arseneault, R., Mills, A.J., & Helms Mills, J. (2018). Examining the knowledge production processes of business studies in Canada: Atlantic Schools of Business Conference. Presented at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Schools of Business, Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • Deal, N.M., Mills A.J., Helms Mills, J., & Durepos, G. (2018). History in the making: Pan American Airways and Wolfgang Langewiesche. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management (Management History Division), Chicago, Illinois.
  • Arseneault, R., Helms Mills, J., & Deal, N.M. (2018). Frameworks, typologies, and praxis: accounting for history in organization studies. Presented at the annual meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (Business History Division), Toronto, Ontario.
  • Deal, N.M., Mills, A.J., & Helms Mills, J. (2017). Talk and organizing: The multiple histories and narratives of British Airways. Presented at the biannual meeting of the Critical Management Studies Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • Deal, N.M., & Shaffner, E.C. (2017). Uncovering the invisible: Issues of gender and race in business cases. Presented at the annual meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (Management Education Division), Montreal, Quebec.
  • Deal, N. M. (2016). An exit in leadership tenure: Making sense of change at the top. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Doctoral Consortium, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Conference Proceedings:

  • Deal, N.M., Mills, A.J., & Helms Mills, J. (2018). Amodern and modern warfare in the making of a commercial airline. Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (Business History Division), Toronto, Ontario.
  • Deal, N.M. (2017). Exploring the ‘theoretical’ underpinnings of second chair leadership. Proceedings of the International Conference on Leadership and Diversity, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Deal, N.M. (2016). Storytelling and sensemaking: A teaching assistant experience. Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Deal, N.M., & Shaffner, E.C. (2015). Reimagining the breadwinner: Masculinity, femininity, and construction of gender roles. Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • Deal, N.M. (2014). Servant leadership: Toward a more meaningful workplace in a conscious paradigm. Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Professional Development Workshops:

  • Durepos, G., & Deal, N.M. (2020, June 12-15). History, methodology, and historical organization studies: Lessons learned while collecting and interpreting historical data. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Symposia:

  • Thurlow, A., McLaren, P., Deal, N.M., & Durepos, G. (2020, June 12-15). Working with digital archives. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland (online).
  • Deal, N.M., Durepos, G., Shaffner, E.C., & Yu, T. (2019, September 27-29). Enacting the Halifax School: Exploring tensions & strategies. Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Conference, Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • Baker, M., Helms Mills, J., Hartt, C.M., Shaffner, E.C., & Deal, N.M. (2018, September 28-30). Setting up for success: A thoughtful discussion on teaching assistants in Canadian academia. Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Conference, Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • Carroll, W.R., & Deal, N.M. (2017, June 16-17). Are case studies doing more harm than good? A discussion about perpetuating of gender and race stereotypes and biases. In V. Tabvuma (Chair), Exploring diversity in our teaching and education programs. International Conference on Leadership and Diversity, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Carroll, W.R., Deal, N.M., Dye, K., Mills, A.J., & Shaffner, E.C. (2016, October 21-23). Representations of the ‘other’ in business case pedagogy: Observations, issues, and trends. Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • MacMillan, S., Plumb, D., & Deal, N.M. (2014). Teaching in today’s business school: The challenges of diversity, relevance, and engagement. Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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