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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
November 26, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management


The PhD program in Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management is a research-based program aimed at developing students into researchers and academics. The program focuses on individual and group behaviour as it relates to workplace effectiveness.

The program is structured to be a four year program. In the first two years, students complete required courses including foundations of management theory, human resource management, organizational behaviour, research methodology and statistics. Students are also expected to take several special topics/directed readings courses, which are based on the interests of the students and the expertise of faculty members. Examples of topics that may be covered include (but are not limited to): group processes, meta-analysis, organizational justice, performance management, personality and individual differences, and power/status.

Comprehensive exams are typically completed at the end of the second year. In the third and fourth years of the program, students focus on proposing/completing their dissertation. In order to develop and refine their research skills, students are expected to engage in research throughout the program.

Required courses for PhD in Management – Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management are listed in the Course Structure. Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar 2013/2014.

More information about graduate degrees in the OB/HRM area.

For program information, please contact Dr. Laurie Barclay at

Information on the admission process can be found here.

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