Best Master’s Thesis

The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is pleased to sponsor the Award for Best Master’s Thesis.

To apply for the 2021 Awards, please fill in the following online application.


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

Before October 15, 2021 interested applicants are invited to apply on the website, complete the Award Application and including a dissertation summary. 

The dissertation summary should be 2-5 single-spaced pages excluding references, which briefly outlines the purpose of the research and hypotheses, describes the methodology used, summarizes the major findings, and discuss the research and practical implications particularly as they relate to human resources practice.

Selection Procedures

Dissertation abstracts are blind reviewed by a committee, consisting of three professors, with research expertise in the field of Human Resources Management and one HR practitioner. The committee will evaluate and choose the three best dissertations. These finalists will be asked to submit a thirty (30) page paper, based on the dissertation.

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


Recent Award Winners:


No Winners. Awards for 2020 have been deferred to 2021, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential impact this will have on students.


Victoria Daniel

Lazaridis School of Business & Economics – Wilfrid Laurier University

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


No Winners.


Peter Fisher

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

“About Us: Is ‘Our Team’ Causing Stereotype Threat or Lift in Selection Testing?”


Su Kyung (Irene) Kim

Wilfrid Laurier University

“More Stressful than You’d Think: Examining the Effects of Customer Entitlement on Employee Emotional Exhaustion.”


Mrs. Annika Hillebrandt

Wilfrid Laurier University

“Angry, Guilty, or Proud? The Effect of Coworkers’ Emotions on Employee’s Fairness Perceptions.”


Fernando Fachin

Universite du Quebec a Montreal

“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

“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

“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.”