Arjun (AJ) Bhardwaj

Assistant Professor
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Office: EME 4107
Phone: 250-807-8898

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


AJ is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management at The University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. Prior to joining UBC in 2009, AJ was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Earlier, AJ completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, 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 International Management, Issues in Business and Society, and Research Methods in Business. At UBC, AJ teaches the undergraduate International Business and the Sustainability and Business courses as well as the graduate level cross-listed Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) course in International Business. In addition, he has also co-taught the Business and Sustainability/Policy module for the graduate level IGS course on Sustainability. The average of the student ratings of his teaching over the last two years is 4.34/5 with average section ratings ranging from 4.1/5 to 4.8/5.

 AJ’s interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research broadly seeks to understand the influence of social networks, social attitudes, and cultural values in shaping inclusive, resilient, and sustainable organizations/societies. More specifically, AJ is interested in research in the areas of individual agency and network structure, social dominance and status hierarchies, and demographics and customer biases. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and Management International Review.  

AJ has supervised one graduate thesis and currently serves on multiple graduate supervisory committees across the Management and Engineering faculty. His research has been supported by grants from UBC as well as by the Standard Research Grant and the Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

Since 2012, 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 enjoys hiking, yoga (Iyengar), and cricket (mostly watching).

Recent Publications (Since 2014):

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, 2015, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1059601115608027 (in coll. with Israr Qureshi, Alison M. Konrad, and Seung Hwan Mark Lee).

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, 2015, Advance online publication. doi: 10.5465/amle.2015.0256 (in coll. with Alison M. Konrad, Marc-David L. Seidel, Eiston Lo, and Israr Qureshi).

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).

Published June 6, 2014. According to the Journal’s Editorial Report 2014, the article is 2nd on the list of top ten most frequently downloaded articles published in 2014 (It would rank 1st on the list on a downloads per day basis). 

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).

Reforming business school curriculum: What can business schools learn from Maria Montessori? Proceedings of the 42nd Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Annual Conference, Muskoka, Ontario, 2014, 35, 80-93 (in coll. with Amit Bhardwaj).

Grants, Honours, and Awards:

  • Featured Researcher (Video Profiled), UBC Research Week, Kelowna
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant 
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant
  • Academy of Management, Best Papers Proceedings
  • Invited Participant, Harvard Business School Conference on Organization Design

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