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.)


Students are admitted into the program with Master's degrees (or sometimes with undergraduate Honours degrees). The majority of incoming students have academic backgrounds in business administration, social sciences and the humanities.

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Our OBHR Division professors are internationally recognized scholars who represent an array of academic disciplines, from sociology to organizational behavior 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. In the UBC PhD program, you will have direct access to the OBHR faculty.

Among the OBHR Division faculty’s research interests are entrepreneurship, organizational knowledge and learning, social networks, family business, territoriality, trust, customer sabotage, power and status, gender and diversity, harassment, and ostracism, such as in our recently published article on the unexpected effects of ostracism in the workplace.

The OBHR Division is also home to the Business Families Centre, which is devoted to researching the dynamics of family businesses and helping them thrive.

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 focused on understanding organizations, behaviour within those organizations, and human resource management.

For more information, contact:

Professor Brian Bemmels
PhD Advisor, OBHR Group