Welcome to the Human Resources Research Institute


The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) funds advanced studies in HR through scholarships and awards. It awards prizes for the best Ph.D. dissertation and Masters thesis in HR in Canada. It funds evidence-based research with practical application for HR professionals.

Over time, HRRI may also publish books, reports, papers based on research findings; and it may develop and market tools, such as presentations, videos, and study guides, to get its research-based knowledge into the hands of the practitioners who need it.

Governance and Operations

Though HRRI operates independently of HRPA, HRPA Board members hold positions on HRRI’s Board. Leaders in the HR, business and academic community have been and will continue to be recruited to fill volunteer positions on the Board and its Standing Committees and Sub-committees that do much of the work of HRRI.

Congratulations to the following two 2019 Award Winners:

Best Ph.D. Dissertation

Dr. 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”

Best Master’s Thesis

Victoria Daniel

Lazaridis School of Business & Economics – Wilfrid Laurier University

“Wearing Many Hats: How Engagement in Personal Activities Enriches Creativity at Work”