Explore the dynamics of people and organizations.
The PhD Program in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) is designed for research-oriented academics who want to study issues related to people and organizations. In the program, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the effects of management practices on people, between people within organizational settings, and between organizations themselves. (Note that the program is not intended for the development of consultants or managers.)
The program will prepare you for a career in research and teaching in business schools at leading research universities around the world.
UBC PhD 2016
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour
Foster School of Business, University of Washington
"UBC developed me into a critical and sophisticated researcher: My department and supervisor challenged me to ask important questions and gave me the tools to seek their answers. The training and support I received throughout my PhD program prepared me to find and flourish in my dream job."
Our OBHR Division professors are internationally recognized scholars who represent an array of academic disciplines, from sociology to organizational behaviour and human resource management. They have won awards for their research and for their innovations in teaching and pedagogy. Plus, they have earned some of the highest faculty ratings at UBC Sauder.
The following faculty (listed with their active research projects) are currently seeking new PhD students for September 2019:
- Collective silence around sexual harassment and the #metoo movement
- Intersectional experiences of mistreatment, power, and voice
- Toxic masculinity and organizational culture
- Interorganizational networks
- Technological change
- Entrepreneurial resource mobilization
- Shame and shaming behaviour
- Emotional labour
- Dysfunctional behaviour: Do "bad actors" in organizations hurt or help themselves?
- Territoriality: What can we learn from theories of territoriality to reduce racism?
- Ostracism: Are there different forms that have different effects on employees?
- Distributed trust technologies such as blockchain
- Emergence of innovation ecosystems
Danielle van Jaarsveld
- Customer mistreatment/customer incivility: how do employees cope with and react to mistreatment and incivility from customers?
- Strategic human resource practices: how do the choices organizations make in how they manage employees (e.g., hiring, training, compensation) affect organizational performance and innovation?
- Compensation: to what extent do: a) types of incentives (e.g., collective or individual) and b) workforce characteristics influence the relationship between pay dispersion and organizational performance?
- Abusive supervision
- Unethical behaviours
Our OBHR Division is characterized by highly collaborative and collegial relationships that contribute to the learning culture of the PhD program. This means you can participate in a broad interdisciplinary, research-oriented program.
Admission to the OBHR PhD program is highly competitive. Students are admitted into the program with Master's or undergraduate degrees with first class standing. The majority of incoming students have academic backgrounds in business administration, social sciences and the humanities. Admission details can be found here.
All students admitted to the OBHR PhD program are provided funding for 5 years that includes a minimum of $30,000 per year plus payment of all tuition for the first 5 years. Funding details can be found here.
UBC is situated in one of the best cities in the world in which to live. Metro Vancouver enjoys a multicultural population of 2.5 million, is a short drive to Whistler, and is surrounded by a beautiful landscape that inspires outdoor enjoyment.
For more information, contact:
Professor Lingtao Yu
PhD Advisor, Organizational Behaviour
Students in the OBHR program are typically required to take required and elective courses for two years. Students prepare a "Summer Research Paper" the summer after your first year. An example from a 2017 summer paper is here.
You are expected to engage actively in research with one or more faculty members from the outset of the program and to present some of that research in the OBHR Speaker Series during your second year of study. You are required to take a course on teaching methods for business and to teach at least one section of an undergraduate course, usually during your fourth or fifth year in the program.
"The PhD program is intellectually stimulating, challenging, and rewarding. I am fortunate to be part of such an amazing and supportive group. The courses and conversations are thought-provoking and engaging."
Dennis Ma, current OBHR PhD Student
The final stage of the program is independent study in the form of a dissertation. The program is designed to be completed within five years, although more time may be required.
OBHR Course Schedule
For a PhD student in OBHR, a typical course schedule could be:
|Fall - COMM 525 Research Methods, COMM 625 Advanced Topics in Organizational Behaviour, PSYC 546A Statistics, COMM 693 Research Methods (elective courses may be included in any term)
Spring - COMM 621 Doctoral Seminar in Human Resource Management, COMM 626 Organizational Theory, PSYC 546B Statistics
Summer - Research Paper
|Fall - COMM 623 Qualitative Research Methods in Organizational Behaviour, PSYC 546C Multivariate Statistics, COMM 622 Seminar in Classics and Theory Construction in Organizational Behaviour. Present your summer research paper in the OBHR Speaker Series
Spring - COMM 627 Advanced Behavioural Research Methods, Psychology, Teaching Seminar
Summer - Comprehensive Examination
|Preparation and Presentation of Dissertation Proposal
|Preparation of dissertation, may teach a course
|Preparation of dissertation, may teach a course, final defence of dissertation