Elena Lvina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: Mandeville 354
Phone: (610) 660-2240
Fax: (610) 660-1229
Email: elvina@sju.edu

Having two terminal degrees - in Psychology and Business Administration - Elena Lvina strives to take the best from the both worlds. She sees raising students’ degree of self-awareness and ensuring their personal development as one of her main professional objectives. Her next-most-important goal is to bridge the gap between what science knows and what managers do. She strongly believes in the value of education for real life so she works to convince students that, while studying in a non-theory-based fashion is possible and useful, educating oneself is the surest way to success. Her point is that personal experience is usually time-consuming, subjective, sometimes hurtful, and always based in the past, while applying the knowledge distilled from research and gained in the classroom is not. In graduate classes, much of her effort goes into helping the students resolve their current career or managerial issues in a scientific manner, and develop an action plan while “being consultants” for themselves. Elena Lvina’s own industry and administrative experience, such as being a private consultant and a top level administrator in Higher Education, serves to this point and brings some “personal touch” to the classroom activities. For further idea of who she is, you may watch her valedictorian speech at John Molson Business School 2011 convocation in youtube.  You can also read her publications to see that her main research interest is in teams, social skills, trust, and cross-cultural management.


PhD in Business Administration from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal Canada

Professional Experience


Post doctoral researcher at HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), Montreal, Canada. Funded by FQRSC (Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture).


Research associate at Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Canada.


External grants facilitator for Office of the Associate Dean, Research (JMSB, Concordia).


Part-time faculty, teaching Organizational Behavior at Concordia University, John Molson School of Business, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Part-time faculty, teaching Cross-Cultural Management at McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Member of Dissertation Committees, awarding PhD degrees in Social Psychology at Samara State Pedagogical University (Russia).


Head of the International Office, Samara State Pedagogical University, Russia.


Assistant and Associate professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, Samara State Pedagogical University (Russia).


Founder and consultant, Center of Personnel Management, Ltd. Supervised and conducted psychological assessment of more than 1000 financial crisis-prevention managers across Russia. License granted by the Federal Service of Financial Health, Russian Federation.


Founder and consultant at MPIKO, Ltd. (Medicine, Psychology: Research, Consulting, Education), a research and consulting center of the Psychology Department at Samara State Pedagogical University, Russia.


Visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Change Management
  • Empowering Human Potential MGT 551
  • Leading Change in Organization LEO 565
  • Applied Project Management Skills MGT 545
  • Essentials of Organizational Behavior MGT 110
  • Excellence in Organizations MGT 553
  • Career Management in Organizations MHC 651



Lvina, E., Johns, G., Vandenberghe, C. (2015).Team Political Skill Composition as a Determinant of Team Effectiveness. Journal of Management, accepted for publication.

Atay, S., Lvina, E., Cırakoglu, B., Dogan, A., Gulmez, N. (2014). Eastern Culture-Oriented Leadership Competency Scale. Journal of Strategic and International Studies, 9(3), 100-111. 

Sur S., Lvina E., & Magnan, M.(2013).Why do boards differ? Because owners do! Corporate Governance: An International Review, 21(4), 373-389.

Lvina, E., Johns, G., Treadway, D., Blickle, G., Atay, S. & Liu, Y., Liu, J., Zettler, I., Solga, J., Noethen, D., & Ferris, G. Measure invariance of the Political Skill Inventory (PSI) across five cultures. (2012). International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 12 (2), 171-192.

Ratiu, C., Lvina, E. & Berte, E. (2011). Matchmaking and the multinational enterprise: How individual motivation and international strategy interact to affect expatriate adjustment. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management: 11, 274-289.

Boies, K., Lvina, E. & Martens, M.L. (2010). Shared leadership and team performance in a business strategy simulation. Journal of Personnel Psychology: 9(4), 195-202.

Lituchy, T.R., Reavley, M.A., Lvina E. & Abraira, R.J. (2006). Success factors of Aboriginal women entrepreneurs: A study of Mohawk community in Canada. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business: 3(6), 760-778.

Moghaddam, F.M., & Lvina, E. (2002). Toward a psychology of societal change and stability: The case of human rights and duties. International Journal of Group Tensions: 31, 31-51.