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Organizational Behaviour

The emphasis of the PhD Program in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) is on developing research-oriented academics who study problems related to organizations, including the effects of management practices on people, between people within organizational settings, and between organizations themselves. The Program is not intended for the development of consultants or managers.

Students are admitted into the Program with Master's degrees (or sometimes with undergraduate honour's degrees). Typical academic backgrounds of incoming students include business administration, social sciences and the humanities. Recent graduates of the Program have been placed in research-oriented Canadian and international universities such as the University of Victoria, University of Manitoba, York University, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Washington State University, Singapore Management University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

OBHR Division professors are internationally recognized scholars who represent an array of academic disciplines, including sociology, psychology, industrial relations, organizational behaviour and human resource management. Examples of their research interests include entrepreneurship, organizational knowledge and learning, social networks, family business, territoriality, trust, customer sabotage, power and status, gender and diversity, harassment, and ostracism.

As such, you can participate in a broad interdisciplinary, research-oriented program focused on understanding organizations, behaviour in organizations, and human resources. The division is also home to the Business Families Centre, which is devoted to researching and helping family businesses thrive.

OBHR faculty members have won numerous awards for research and for innovations in teaching and pedagogy, traditionally maintaining among the highest teaching ratings in the Sauder School of Business. The norms and culture of the OBHR Division are characterized by highly collaborative and collegial relationships.

For further information 

Professor Brian Bemmels
PhD Advisor, OBHR Group 
Email phd.program@sauder.ubc.ca