Dr. Graham Brown
Assistant Professor; Entrepreneurship, Tim Price Entrepreneurship Fellow
BA (Hons.) Psychology, University of Victoria; BSc, University of Utah; PhD, University of British Columbia
|Office: BEC 226|
- Psychological Ownership
- Human Resource Management
- The impact of the built environment and design on human behavior
Dr. Brown joined the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in 2012 to teach Entrepreneurship. He has taught previously at the University of British Columbia and at Singapore Management University. Graham earned his BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Victoria, his BSc from the University of Utah, and his PhD from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Brown’s research focuses on territoriality and psychological ownership. He applies these two threads to a variety of research topics including negotiation, creativity, and workplace conflict. His recent research focuses on the impact that feelings of ownership have on innovation and new venture success with the thesis that feelings of ownership are both positive in that they propel efforts but simultaneously negative in that they create resistance to help and feedback from others. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and featured in Harvard Business Review online. His teaching focus is in the areas of human resource management, leadership and negotiation and he applies these concepts to help others discover and use their passion to lead and create.
As an active entrepreneur he has been involved in several ventures in the travel and education industry including one company that he started while a student at the University of Victoria. His most recent project involves developing a training program to help high school students become social entrepreneurs. Graham also lives on and operates an active berry farm in Metchosin with his wife and four children.
Baer, M. & Brown, G. (2012). Hanging on or letting go: Psychological ownership of ideas and its effects on the adoption of change. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 118, 60-71.
Brown, G. & Baer, M. (2011). Location in negotiation: Is there a home field advantage? Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 114, 190-200.
Brown, G. (2011). Setting (and choosing) the table: The influence of the physical environment in negotiation. In M.Benoliel (Ed.), Negotiation Excellence: Successful Deal Making (39-55). Singapore: Worldpress.
Brown, G., & Robinson, S. L., (2011). Reactions to infringement. Organization Science, 22(1), 210-224.
Brown, G. (2009). How to claim your corner at work: Assessing employee territoriality. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29(1), 44-52.
Brown, G., Lawrence, T. B., & Robinson, S. L. (2005). Territoriality in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 30, 577-594.
Brown, G., Pierce, J., & Crossley, C. Job design, psychological ownership, and work effects: a test of a mediated model. (invited resubmission, preparing revision).
Brown, G., & Baer, M. Protecting the turf: Negative effects of territoriality on others’ creativity and social behavior. (collecting second study data).
Brown, G., & Robinson, S. L., & Schabram, K. Hey that’s mine! Territorial infringement in organizations (writing manuscript).
Brown, G., Crossley, C., & Robinson, S. L. Psychological ownership, territorial behavior and contributions to collective performance: The critical role of an environment of trust. (revising manuscript).
- 2010 – SSHRC (F09-05133)
- 2009, UBC Dean’s Research Grant
- 2007 PhD Dissertation Award from the International Alliance of Human Resource Research (awarded to top dissertation in a human resource related area)
- 2006-2007 Lee Foundation Fellowship for Research Excellence
- Dean’s List ~ Teaching Excellence [Top 20 Teacher School Wide] (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Best Paper Award ~ Conflict in Context, Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management Meetings, New Orleans, 2004
- Student Paper Award, Society for Community Research and Action, New Haven, 1999
- Entrepreneurship (BCom, MBA)