In this section of Maria Fonseca's Webpage you will find:


Brief CV:
  • Ph.D. in Industrial Relations
    University of Toronto, Canada. 2004) CIR Centre of Industrial Relations.
  • M.B.A.
    (ITESM, Guadalajara Campus , Mexico. 1996)
  • Master of Science, Computer Systems
    (ITESM,  Monterrey Campus, Mexico. 1992)
  • Bachelor of Computer Engineering
    (ITESM,  Sinaloa Campus, Mexico. 1988)

Research Interest:   
Learning Dynamics, Knowledge Transfer and Social Capital. 

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Research and Publications:

  Ph.D. Dissertation:

Table of Contents
(if you wish to obtain any chapter of Maria Fonseca's doctoral thesis, please contact her at:

Brief powerpoint presentation of her dissertation or the abstract.


This paper examines how flexibility in work schedule and opportunity for acquisition of knowledge determine the perception of quality of working life as measured by job satisfaction and balance between work and family. The hypotheses tested in this paper address two fundamental issues related to quality of work-life. First, engaging in learning activities has a positive impact on job satisfaction, but its effect on the perception of balance between work and life is less clear. However, flexibility in work schedule has a positive impact on perception of balance between work and home. Data from the General Social Survey (1998-1999) are used to test the hypotheses. Results show that learning demands in the workplace have a negative impact on the perception of work-life balance. This study suggests that increasing workplace demands such as learning, even though necessary for achieving competitiveness, are not contributing to the quality of work-life. Hence, to reap the full benefits of learning at work, we need to find ways to make learning opportunity available without upsetting the work-life balance.

Summary Report on Survey of Learning Dynamics
This is a brief document which describes the profile of the participants in a web-based survey conducted from July 2002 to April 2003. This survey was the instrument through which Maria Fonseca has gathered the data used for her doctoral thesis. If you want to have access to this instrument, please contact her (or the Webmaster of the page).





4th International Conference on Researching, Work and Learning

University of Technology Sydney

Sydney, Australia. Dec 11th - 14th, 2005

Human and Social Capital as Determinants of Learning Behaviour

In addition, Maria Fonseca has had the opportunity to present some of her research work in several other international conferences:

3rd Conference on Researching Work and Learning
Tampere, Finland. July 25th - 27th, 2003
Learning and Social Interaction in the Electronics Industry: Evidence from Canada and Mexico (powerpoint presentation)

7th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation
Monterrey, Mexico. June 10th - 13th, 2003
Learning Networks and Knowledge Transfer within High-Tech Clusters: Evidence from Canada and Mexico.

XLth Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) Annual Conference
Halifax, Canada. May 31st - June 2nd, 2003
Learning Strategies in the Workplace.

XXXVIIIth Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) Annual Conference
Quebec City, Canada. May 26th -  28th, 2001
Learning and Work-Life Balance in Canada: Evidence from the General Social Survey.


Current Courses:

Quantitative Methods for Business (Decision Making Sciences)

Fundamental Course for the MBA Program.


Links of interest:

  • Interfaces  a bimonthly journal of INFORMS, dedicated to improving the practical application of OR/MS to decisions and policies in today's organizations and industries.

  • INFORMS  the online information service, 12 000 member society representing professionals in the fields of Operation Research and the Management Sciences.


María F. Fonseca Paredes, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor, EGADE - CEM
(Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership)
Tec de Monterrey,  State of Mexico Campus
telephone: + 52 (55) 5864 5962



Above: A visual composition showing the coats of arms of the United States of Mexico and
some of His States, where Maria Fonseca has studied and worked within the Monterrey Tech:
Sinaloa, Nuevo León, Jalisco and State of Mexico.

Comentarios y sugerencias:

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