Best Master's Thesis

The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is pleased to sponsor the Award for Best Master's Thesis. Applications are now being invited. Deadline for submission is January 27th, 2017.


To promote and to recognize research excellence in Human Resources Management.

To provide more visibility to individuals who have completed a master’s program in Human Resources or an aligned discipline at a Canadian university.


The Award

The award consists of a certificate and a cash grant of $2,000.



The competition is open to any person who, during the past two academic years, has successfully defended a thesis which was a requirement for obtaining a master’s degree from a Canadian university, in a discipline aligned with the field of Human Resources Management (including programs of administrative studies, business administration, psychology, education, etc.).


Application Procedures

Initially, interested individuals are required to submit a thesis summary, and an Award Application form. The summary (2-5 single-spaced pages excluding references) should briefly outline the purpose of research and hypotheses, describe the methodology used, summarize the major findings, and discuss the research and practical implications particularly as they relate to human resources practice. The Award Application can be downloaded here and mailed in along with three copies of the thesis summary to the Human Resources Research Institute. Three copies of the thesis abstract and two copies of the Award Application form should be submitted to:

Awards Committee
150 Bloor St. West
Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5S 2X9

Selection Procedures

Theses abstracts will be blind reviewed by a committee, consisting of three professors, with research expertise in the field of Human Resources Management. The committee will choose the three best theses, and ask their authors to submit a thirty (30) page paper, based on the thesis. These papers will be reviewed by the same committee, which will determine the winner.

The award winner will be announced by HRRI, and recognized in an appropriate way by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Recent Award Winners


Su Kyung (Irene) Kim, Wilfrid Laurier University--2015 HRRI Winner for Best Master's Thesis with a cash prize of $2,000. More Stressful than You'd Think: Examining the Effects of Customer Entitlement on Employee Emotional Exhaustion.


Mrs. Annika Hillebrandt, Wilfrid Laurier University--2013 HRRI Winner for Best Master's This with a cash prize of $2,000, Angry, Guilty, or Proud? The Effect of Coworkers' Emotions on Employee's Fairness Perceptions.


Fernando Fachin, Universite du Quebec a Montreal—2012 HRRI Winner for Best Master’s Thesis with a cash prize of $2,000, Identity Play and Identity Work.A longitudinal case study on Canadian film director Denys Arcand, furthers our understanding of identity in career transitions.


David Whiteside, Wilfrid Laurier University—2011 HRRI Winner for Best Master’s Thesis with a cash prize of $2,000, The Sounds of Silence: The Roles of Overall Fairness and Perceived Organizational Support in Predicting Employee Silence.


Guillaume C.F. Pain, John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, 2010 Winner for Best Master’s Thesis with a cash prize of $2,000, Organizational Learning: Bridging Theory to Practice, an exploration of the gap that exists between organizational learning (OL) theory and OL practices replicated in the workplace.