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Dr. Sandra Robinson wins 2020 Jacob Biely Research Prize, UBC’s premier award for research

Dr. Sandra Robinson
Posted 2021-03-29
Dr. Sandra Robinson, the Distinguished University Scholar Chair and Professor in the Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Division at the UBC Sauder School of Business, has won the 2020 Jacob Biely Research Prize, UBC’s highest honour for research.

Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on dysfunctional work behaviour, where she has studied issues such as distrust, broken promises, aggression, territoriality, and ostracism. As one of the most cited and influential researchers in both the business school and her field, her studies have had a substantial impact on organizational scholarship. Indeed, her pioneering efforts on the ‘dark side’ of work life paved the way for many areas of organizational research, such as abusive supervision and workplace harassment.

Moreover, Dr. Robinson’s studies have had direct relevance to employees and managers, and for this reason her findings have often been covered in the popular press, from the CBC to the Wall Street Journal. As Dr. Robinson notes, “My goal has been to understand the causes and consequences of harmful behavior at work, to ultimately improve peoples’ work lives and well-being.”

Dr. Robinson has been honored with a number of research accolades at UBC over the years, including designated a Distinguished University Scholar, receiving a UBC Killam Research Prize, as well as receiving both the junior and senior faculty research awards in the UBC Sauder School of Business. She has also been the recipient of many research awards in her field.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition from UBC,” says Dr. Robinson, “I am so very grateful to be able to work in a place I love, on problems that I believe are super interesting but also really important, and with the tremendous ongoing support of my colleagues here at UBC.”

“The Jacob Biely Research Prize is UBC’s most prestigious award, and this is a wonderful and very fitting recognition of Dr. Robinson’s research and impact. Her scholarly insights on workplace culture have greatly contributed to the field of organizational behaviour. Dr. Robinson’s body of work has great relevance in an age where workplaces are focused on positive transformation. On behalf of the business school, we congratulate Dr. Robinson for this well- deserved award,” says Robert Helsley, Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy and Dean at UBC Sauder.

Winners are selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, applied science, science, and medicine.