Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Organizational Behaviour (PhD)


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.

What makes the program unique?

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.

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.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Organizational Behavior
Program Components
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Sauder School of Business


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


GRE required?

GRE or comparable test (check program website)

Funding Sources

We provide a financial package that includes tuition plus $30,000 per year for the first five years of the PhD Program.

Career Outcomes

102 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 100 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):

RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
Western University (Ontario) (5)
City University of Hong Kong (5)
University of Manitoba (3)
University of British Columbia (3)
Simon Fraser University (3)
University of International Business and Economics (3)
Arizona State University (2)
Boston College (2)
University of Toronto (2)
University of Ottawa (2)
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Banco de México (2)
Bank of Canada (2)
IBM Research
Ministry of Education - Guyana
Ontario Public Service
Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Royal Bank of Canada
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Strategic ICT Specialist
Senior Economist
Research Scientist
Senior Financial Specialist
Economic Staff
Consultant / Analyst
Information Organization Manager
Deputy Executive Secretary
Assistant Chief
Head of Research
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on
The data show all specializations in Business Administration combined. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

Almost all of our students secure tenure stream academic positions at graduation.  This has included universities in Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Australia among others.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

The following table shows data for all specializations in the PhD in Business Administration combined.
New registrations131214128
Total enrolment6161596166

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 78.95% based on 57 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 45 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 8.00 years with an average of 5.47 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Bemmels, Brian (Organizational behavior)
  • Berdahl, Jennifer (Ostracism, Harassment and Bullying, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Power and Status in Groups, Harassment, Work-Family Interface)
  • Clough, David (Social Networks, Technological InnovationsTechnological change, Organizational learning, Interorganizational networks, Entrepreneurship, Innovation management, Organization theory)
  • Daniels, Michael (Emotions in organizations; Emotional Labor; Workplace mistreatment; Leadership; Cultural values)
  • Knight, Thomas (Role of line managers in labour relations, interest-based collective bargaining, change processes in labour relations, human resources management, industrial relations, family business)
  • Langton, Nancy (Kenya, organizational behavior )
  • Robinson, Sandra (Workplace psychologist, workplace dysfunction, employee problems, workplace mistreatment, bullying, aggression, ostracism, broken promises, territoriality, trust, betrayal, deviance, theft, sabotage, social undermining, incivility, Employment contracts, Psychological contracts, Employee-employer relationships, Workplace deviance, Aggression)
  • Schulz, Martin (Military InstitutionsChange and Persistence, Organizational Rules, Organizational Routines, Organizational Learning, Organizational Knowledge, Rule Networks, Bureaucracies, Knowledge Relevance, Obsolescence, Decision Making, Logics of Appropriateness and Consequences, Social Order)
  • Seidel, Marc-David (New Technology and Social Impacts, Impacts of New Information Technologies, Media and Society, Social Networks, Social Organization and Political Systems, Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations, Entrepreneurship, Socio-Economic Conditions, Economic Systems, Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.)Organizational Theory, Distributed Trust Technologies (Blockchain, etc.), Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes, Social networks and organizational decision making, Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship)
  • Strike, Vanessa (Private Sector Corporations, Small and Medium Sized EnterprisesFamily Business, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Advising, Sensemaking)
  • van Jaarsveld, Danielle (call centre management practices; employer-employee relations, Call centre management practices, employer-employee relationship, employment policy, labour market analysis, public sector collective bargaining, work and employment relations)
  • Yu, Lingtao (Managementleadership and ethics , abusive supervision , workplace deviance , emotions , mindfulness)

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018

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