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.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.
September 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 September 2019
We provide a financial package that includes tuition plus $30,000 per year for the first five years of the PhD Program.
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 EducationWestern 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 EducationBanco de México (2)
Bank of Canada (2)
Ministry of Education - Guyana
Ontario Public Service
Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Royal Bank of Canada
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationStrategic ICT Specialist
Senior Financial Specialist
Consultant / Analyst
Information Organization Manager
Deputy Executive Secretary
Head of Research
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThe 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.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,665.26||$2,925.58|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
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.
Berdahl, Jennifer (Ostracism, Harassment and Bullying, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Power and Status in Groups, Harassment, Work-Family Interface)
Clough, David (Technological 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 Institutions, Change 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)
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 (Management, leadership and ethics , abusive supervision , workplace deviance , emotions , mindfulness)