SMLR's Ph.D. program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (IRHR) is an interdisciplinary program that qualifies students for employment as college or university faculty or for research positions.

The IRHR program is designed for people who want to:

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  • Work with leading scholars who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in a broad range of topics in industrial relations and human resources.
  • Become leading scholars. Students learn how to design, conduct, and publish rigorous research in scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, and Journal of Applied Psychology, among others.
  • Develop teaching skills by working as teaching assistants and teaching their own courses.

Learning Goals for Students

  1. Attain marked ability, scholarship, research and leadership skills in industrial relations and human resources 
  2. Engage in and conduct original research
  3. Prepare to be professionals in careers that require training at the highest levels in the social sciences that address issues related to industrial relations and human resources
Congratulations to Hanbo Shim and Skye Fan!

Photo of Skye Fan and Hanbo Shim -2020 AOM Best Student Convention Paper AwardExciting news from the HR Division of the Academy of Management. The 2020 Best Student Convention Paper Award goes to... SMLR Ph.D. students Hanbo Shim (pictured right) and Xueqing (Skye) Fan! Their paper, co-authored by SMLR's Michael C. Sturman and Bradley University's Mark P. Brown, examines how changes in pay policy affect firm performance. 

Ph.D. Program Areas of Specialization

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Recent Ph.D. Student Publications

Su, Z. X., Wang, Z., & Chen, S. (2020). The impact of CEO transformational leadership on organizational voluntary turnover and employee innovative behaviour: the mediating role of collaborative HRM. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 58(2), 197-219.

Shim, H., Fan, X., Sturman,  M. C., & Brown, M. P. (2020) More than Just the Market: How Changes in Pay Policy Affect Organizations’ Performance Outcomes. 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver.

Fan, X., Son, J., & Ghorbani, M. (2019) You're Educated, Now What? Long-term Effect of Education on Economic, Psychological, and Physical Well-Being of Women in South Korea and the U.S. 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston.  

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