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Communication; Social Sciences and Humanities

Kirstie McAllum

Communication organisationnelle

Professeure agrégée

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de communication

Marie-Victorin, room B-406

514 343-6111 #55513


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Research expertise

My research interests focus on deepening our understanding of how organisational members who do not interact regularly construct the meaning of their work, often in different ways. I am particularly interested in the experiences and organisational and occupational identities of persons who occupy hybrid public-private spaces, such as volunteers or workers who are employed and managed by an organisation yet work with aged persons in home-based care environments. I aim to show how the multiple meanings given to work and organisational experiences more generally can be mobilised as a resource for individuals who occupy a peripheral organisational position.

I also investigate how communicative processes, which create particular types of collective behaviour, can facilitate and constrain organisational participation. In particular, my research examines how discourses about professionalism combine with organisational control and coordination mechanisms to structure relationality in particular ways, often with the aim of increasing collaboration, and frequently minimising or suppressing dissent. To do so, I analyse how organisational members construct communities of practice by negotiating what ways of knowing and doing should be used to resolve organisational problems and what constitutes appropriate forms of interaction.

Teaching and supervision

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)


The intercultural communication competence of Canadian diplomats : a dialectic approach

Graduate : Gesnot-Dimic, Nathalie
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.

L'expérience du coworking : tensions dialectiques au coeur d'une pratique fragmentée

Graduate : Poirier, Christophe
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.

La dignité au travail chez les employés atypiques

Graduate : Claveau, Marie-Pier
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.


Research projects

2020 - 2024

Compassion and Collective Care in Long-Term Care Settings: A Communicative Perspective

Lead researcher : Kirstie McAllum
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir
2016 - 2022

Non-profit marketization and the transformation of volunteering practices: A communicational approach

Lead researcher : Consuelo Vasquez
Co-researchers : Kirstie McAllum
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs:


Lead researcher : Kirstie McAllum
Funding sources: SPIIE/Secrétariat des programmes interorganismes à l’intention des établissements
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Fonds d'excellence en recherche Apogée Canada/Bourse
2016 - 2020

Les héros des services de soins ou les zéros du milieu de travail? Les négociations interactionnelles du rôle des aides-soignantes à domicile payées qui participent aux équipes de soins de santé

Lead researcher : Kirstie McAllum
Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PV113813-(NP) Soutien à la recherche pour la relève professorale
2015 - 2016

FGR-UdeM-CRSH 2014-2015

Lead researcher : Kirstie McAllum
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-FGR – Subvention de recherche institutionnelle


Publications and presentations


  • Communication
  • Sociology

Areas of expertise

  • Organizational communication
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Vocational identity
  • Organisational collaboration
  • Organizational conflict