Best Ph.D. Dissertation

The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is pleased to sponsor the Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation. 

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 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

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 finalist papers are reviewed by the same committee, to 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:


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


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”

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.”