Our Students


The PhD Program in Business at the University of Alberta has a vibrant cohort of students across all disciplines. Designed to prepare students for a research-oriented career, the program provides opportunities for each student to work closely with faculty to develop her/his own research portfolio.

Students Enrolled in 2023-2024




Operations and Information Systems

Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management

Student Publications

Shuo Yuan, PhD Student: Jia, J., Yuan, S., Wei, L. Q., & Tang, G. (2023). When firms adopt sustainable human resource management: A fuzzy‐set analysis. Human Resource Management.

Ozan Ozdemir, PhD Candidate: Ozdemir, O., Kolfal, B., Messinger, P. R., & Rizvi, S. (2023). Human or virtual: How influencer type shapes brand attitudesComputers in Human Behavior (forthcoming).

Tim Derksen, PhD Student: Orazi, D. C., Mah, K., Derksen, T. & Murray, K. B.. (2023). Consumer escapism: Scale development, validation, and physiological associations. Journal of Business Research.

Feyzan Karabulut, PhD Candidate: Karabulut, Feyzan, Sarah G. Moore, and Paul R. Messinger (2023). Choosing Backgrounds for Success: The Role of Videoconference Backgrounds in Self-Presentation. Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, 8(2), 153-164.

Weisu Yu, PhD Candidate: Maung, Min, Craig Wilson, and Weisu YuDoes reputation risk matter? Evidence from cross-border mergers and acquisitionsJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money 66 (2020): 101204.

Maggie Cascadden, PhD Candidate: (2022) Jennings, P.D., Cascadden, M.M., Hoffman, A.J. Sustainability Science and Corporate Cleanup in Community Fields: The Translation, Resistance, and Integration Process Model. Handbook on the Business of Sustainability: The Organization, Implementation, and Practice of Sustainable Growth.

Cindy Grappe, PhD Student: (2022) Grappe, C.G., Lombard, C., Louis, D., Durif, F. Clean Labeling: Is It about the Presence of Benefits or The Absence of Detriments? Consumer Response to Personal Care ClaimsJournal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 65(102893).

Yasser Zeinali, PhD Student: (2022) Zeinali, Y., Niaki, S.T.A. Heart sound classification using signal processing and machine learning algorithmsMachine Learning with Applications, 7(100206).

News for Celebration!

Business PhD students share their research at annual conference.

Teddy Carter, PhD Candidate, organized an amiskwaciy Gathering, The Indigenous Business PhD Student Mini Conference and Gathering,  September 28 to October 1, 2023, bringing Indigenous PhD students from across Canada to Alberta School of Business. This was the first time the U of A has hosted a conference of this kind. 

Kudos to Jennifer Sloan, PhD Candidate, recognized by the Academy of Management Strategy As Practice Interest Group with the 2023 Community Service Award for her role in coordinating the Early Career Program.

PhD Candidate, Teddy Carter, is a recipient of SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Fall 2021 for her research Building Healthy Relations for Indigenous Entrepreneurship.

Congratulations to PhD Graduate Kylie Heales and her co-authors for receiving a best paper award -- Academy of Management 2023 Best OMT Entrepreneurship Paper for their paper, How Institutional Logics Influence Growth: A Field Experiment with Tunisian Women Entrepreneurs.

Ke Feng, PhD Candidate, selected as 2022 Bertram Scholar by the board of the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research.

Natalie Bolen, Marketing PhD student's research on how new mothers navigate the complexity of science during health care services is featured in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.

Sihan Zhang, PhD Candidate, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an article about trends in the Over-the-Counter securities markets.  

Our Graduates

Our graduates have obtained positions in prestigious universities throughout the world, including California (Berkeley), Imperial College (London), Emory, Iowa, Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Hong Kong Institute of Science and Technology, McGill, and Western Ontario.

View a listing of our graduates, and their current institutions dating back to 1989.