Best Ph.D. Dissertation

The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is pleased to sponsor the Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation. Please note: the Best Masters’ and Ph.D. Awards for 2020 have been been deferred to 2021, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential impact this will have on students.


To promote and to recognize research excellence in Human Resources Management

To provide more visibility to individuals who have completed a doctoral 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 $4,000.


The competition is open to any person who, during the past two academic years, has successfully defended a dissertation which was a requirement for obtaining a doctorate 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 dissertation 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 form can be downloaded here and mailed along with three copies of the dissertation summary to the HRRI.

Three copies of the dissertation summary and two copies of the Award Application form should be submitted to:

Awards Committee
c/o Gary Monk
150 Bloor St. West
Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2X9

Selection Procedures

Dissertation 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 dissertations, and ask their authors to submit a thirty (30) page paper, based on the dissertations. These papers will be reviewed by the same committee, which will determine the winner.

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

Recent Award Winners


Annika Hillebrandt
Lazaridis School of Business & Economics - Wilfrid Laurier University
"Understanding Emotions in the Workplace: A Critical Examination of the Role of Emotions in Justice and Negotiations."

2018 (two winners)

Raymond Chiu
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
"Beliefs that Matter: Religiousness and Spirituality Across Cultures."

Ravit Heskiau
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
"Work-Family Enrichment Training: Promoting Transferability Across Life Domains."


Amina Malik
School of Human Resource Management, York University
"High Potential Programs and Employee Outcomes: The Roles of Organizational Trust and Attributions."


Janet Boekhorst
York University
"Human Resource Management Practices, Work Intensity, and Workplace Deviance: Exploring Moderating Role of Core Self-Evaluations."


Dr. Akanksha Bedi
McMaster University
"We appreciate your business, not your abuse:  Incivility by customers predicts revenge toward customers."


Gordon Wang
McMaster University
"Leader Virtues and Virtuous Leadership."


Anthony Celani
McMaster University
"Antecedents and consequences of collectivistic group norms, an examination on how collectivistic group norms on work teams affect team confidence and performance."


James O’Brien
Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario
"Selection Interviewer Validity and Leniency, an investigation of the performance of selection interviewers and the effect the individual’s judgment had on the information gathered and evaluated."