Bio (Susanne Thiessen)

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Susanne Thiessen


Associate Faculty


Tourism and Hospitality Management


Dr. Susanne Thiessen's research is focused on organizational leadership and human resource management (HRM) looking specifically at diversity, Indigenous peoples and work engagement. As an Indigenous woman with roots in First Nations (Haida) and Canadian culture, she has great passion for this topic. Thiessen’s research examines cultural approaches to work and this relationship to work engagement for First Nations people. Results may have implications for work leadership practice and engagement specific to Indigenous people and relevance to studies in HRM research in the areas of leadership, employment satisfaction, job retention, work engagement and leading diversity.


Thiessen is an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University and also teaches in the Department of Human Resource Management and Leadership in the School of Business at Camosun College. She has also taught for the University of Victoria Indigenous Governance Programs. She has professional experience in Indigenous business development, management, leadership, cross cultural leadership and strategic human resource management. Thiessen builds on her understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. Through this work, she hopes to provide valuable insight into organizational issues and new insight in the field of organizational leadership and management through a unique Indigenous perspective.


Thiessen holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from North Central University (2016), a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria (1998) and a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Visual Art from the University of Victoria (1995).