Arjun (AJ) Bhardwaj

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Management
Office: EME 4107
Phone: 250.807.8898


AJ is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management at the Kelowna campus of UBC. Prior to joining UBC, AJ was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Earlier, AJ completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ivey Business School, Western University. AJ has diverse cross-cultural exposure and has lived, worked, or studied in four countries (Canada, India, Japan and the United States).

During his doctoral studies at Ivey, AJ spent a year as a McCain Fellow at Mount Allison University where he taught Issues in Business and Society, International Management, and Research Methods in Business. At UBC, AJ teaches courses in Sustainability, International Business, and Leadership. The peer rating  of his teaching is 4.85/5.

AJ’s interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research focusses on the diversity/inclusion dimension of sustainability. It seeks to understand how social attitudes (e.g., social dominance orientation) shape group-based social hierarchies (e.g., caste, gender, race) and it explores the facilitative role of social networks in sustaining group-based hierarchies in organizations/societies. His recent research has focussed on social network ties that bridge across social group divides. AJ is also interested in understanding the interplay of individual agency and network structure with particular interest in examining personality influences on social networks. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Best Papers ProceedingsAcademy of Management Learning and EducationGroup and Organization ManagementJournal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Management StudiesJournal of Social and Political Psychology, and Management International Review.

AJ has supervised one graduate thesis and has served on multiple graduate supervisory committees. His research is being currently supported by a collaborative Insight Development Grant (2020-2022) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and a collaborative grant (2019-2022) under the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) in India.

At UBC, AJ has served as the Graduate Studies Coordinator for the IGS Program (M.A. and Ph.D.) in the Faculty of Management, and at the campus level, as a member of the College of Graduate Studies Council and the Research Advisory Council to the Vice-Principal (Research).

Away from the office, AJ is interested in hiking, meditation (Vipassana – Goenka), and cricket (mostly watching). AJ has also learnt elementary Chinese (Putonghua) and successfully passed the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Level 2 examination.


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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Ph.D., Ivey Business School, Western University
M.B.A., International University of Japan and Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth (Exchange)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Bridging caste divides: Middle-status ambivalence, elite closure, and lower-status social withdrawal, Journal of Management Studies, 2021, 58(8), 2111-2136 (in coll. with Sushanta K. Mishra, Israr Qureshi, Kunal K. Kumar, Alison M. Konrad, Marc-David L. Seidel, and Babita Bhatt).

Variety, dissimilarity, and status centrality in MBA networks: Is the minority or the majority more likely to network across diversity? Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2017, 16(3), 349-372 (in coll. with Alison M. Konrad, Marc-David L. Seidel, Eiston Lo, and Israr Qureshi).

A two-wave study of self-monitoring personality, social network churn, and in-degree centrality in close friendship and general socializing networks, Group and Organization Management, 201641(4), 526-559 (in coll. with Israr Qureshi, Alison M. Konrad, and Seung Hwan Mark Lee).

Ideological support for the Indian caste system: Social dominance orientation, right-wing authoritarianism and karma, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2014, 2(1), 98-116 (in coll. with Sarah Cotterill, James Sidanius, and Vivek Kumar).

Proactive personality heterophily and the moderating role of proactive personality on network centrality and psychological outcomes: A longitudinal study, Journal of Business and Psychology, 2014, 29(3), 381-395 (in coll. with Seung Hwan Mark Lee, Israr Qureshi, and Alison M. Konrad).

Selected Grants & Awards

Featured Researcher (Video Profiled), UBC Research Week, Kelowna

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants (1 Principal Investigator, 1 Collaborator)

SSHRC Standard Research Grant (Principal Investigator)

Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) in India Research Grant (International Principal Investigator)

Academy of Management, Best Papers Proceedings

Invited Participant, Harvard Business School Conference on Organization Design

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Academy of Management

Academy of International Business

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada

European Group for Organizational Studies

International Association for Chinese Management Research


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