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Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources


About Us

The OBHR group presently has twenty faculty members. The faculty members comprise Michael Bashshur (Ph.D., University of Illinois), Devasheesh Bhave (Ph.D., University of Minnesota), Ronald Bledow (Ph.D., University of Giessen), Roy Chua (Ph.D., Columbia University), Shereen Fatimah (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University), Don Ferrin (Ph.D., University of Minnesota), Gary Greguras (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University), Filip Lievens (Ph.D., Ghent University), Paul Lim (DBA, Grenoble Ecole de Management), Ma Kheng Min (Ph.D., Monash University), Thomas Menkhoff (Dr rer soc, University of Bielefeld), Jared Nai (Ph.D., National University of Singapore), Madeline Ong (Ph.D., University of Michigan), Marko Pitesa (Ph.D., Grenoble Ecole de Management), Jochen Reb (Ph.D., University of Arizona), Michael Schaerer (Ph.D., INSEAD), Tan Hwee Hoon (Ph.D., Purdue University), Jayarani Tan (Ph.D., University of Bielefeld), Kenneth Tai (Ph.D., National University of Singapore), and Abhijeet K. Vadera (Ph.D., University of Illinois). In addition, we have a number OBHR practitioners and business folks who, as adjunct faculty, offer specific, skill-based courses.

In line with SMU's mission and vision, the OBHR group excels in teaching, research and service. We conduct core courses such as "Leadership & Team Building" and "Management of People at Work," and offer a sizeable number of elective courses such as "Organisational Change and Design," "Cross-Cultural Management and the Management of Diversity," and "Negotiation Skills for Business" (see link for a full list of courses offered). The OBHR major is relatively new, having been launched in August 2005. In addition, we are all active in research and have published widely in reputable journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organisation Science, Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology.


"OBHR helped me see the linkages between human motivation, outcomes and the potential value in my actions and the actions of others. It has equipped me with the skills to better understand the value of my work and its link to the broader management goals and strategies."

Francesca Wong
Human Resources Information Systems Specialist
Ingram Micro Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
OBHR Major Graduate

Last updated on 03 Jan 2018 .