Christopher Poile

Assistant Professor

Room 152
PotashCorp Centre
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5A7
Phone: 306-966-2491
Fax: 306-966-2514


Christopher recently completed his PhD from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  He has worked as a research intern with the Human Interactions in Programming group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, studying how software engineers coordinate within and between teams, across continents and overseas.  He has conducted experiments, using social psychology and behavioural economics methods, which help explain why and under what conditions team members help or fail to help one another during work. 

Research Interests

My research has focused on: (1) the consequences of the social and technical interactions between software developers; and (2) the psychological effects of power and dependence between coworkers. My first research stage led to the second. While studying the social interactions of software developers from a Computer Science and Management Information Systems perspective, I found that the underlying problem was one of power and dependence. Power between coworkers is typically assumed to be the same as traditional power relationships (e.g., between a manager and subordinate). But my research with software developers at Microsoft indicated that the relationship between coworkers are likely different. I was driven to create new experiments and tools, which have allowed me to create similar interactions in an experimental setting.

Published Research

  • Poile, C. & Safayeni, F. (2016). Using Computational Modeling for Building Theory: A Double Edged Sword. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19(3), 8. doi:10.18564/jasss.3137 
  • Begel, A., Naggapan, N., Poile, C. & Layman, L. (2009). Coordination in Large Scale Software Teams. Proceedings of the 2009 ICSE Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects on Software Engineering. Vancouver, BC. 

Selected conference presentations

  • Schmidt, J. & Poile, C.* (2015). Conscientiousness Moderates the Effect of Performance Trends on Performance Ratings. Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Philadelphia, PA, April 23-25.
  • Kim, Y.j., Van Dyne, L. & Poile, C.* (2012). Do unto others - as you would have them do to you? Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM). Boston, MA.
  • Poile, C.* & Begel, A. (2012) Power, Dependence, and the Inevitable Social Consequences of Technical Design. Technology and Information Management Junior Faculty Consortium, Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM). Boston, MA.
  • Walsworth, S. & Poile, C.* (2011). The Triangular Relationship between Internationalization, HRM, and Product Innovation. Annual meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB). Nagoya, Japan.