Dharm P. S. Bhawuk

Professor of Management and

Culture and Community Psychology

Shidler College of Business
University of Hawaií at Manoa
2404 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822


OFFICE: C 402 C, Shidler College of Business
Office Hours: By Appointment
Telephone:    (808) 956 – 8732

Home Phone:        (808) 955 – 2052

Cell Phone:    (808) 342 - 2939
FAX:              (808) 956 - 2774


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Research Interests

          Indigenous psychology and management (Indian psychology and management), intercultural training (also study abroad), culture theories (especially individualism and collectivism), diversity in the global workplace (also intercultural sensitivity, multiculturalism), culture and creativity, culture and positive psychology (also spirituality, peace), culture and leadership (also Gandhi, leader-member exchange), culture and ethics (also whistleblowing), culture and entrepreneurship (also microfinance, self-help groups, joint-liability groups, and entrepreneurship in Nepal and India)


Course Offerings


·       Undergraduate Courses

·       HON 491: Global Perspectives on Poverty Alleviation (Fall 2013)

·       HON 491: Positive Psychology (Spring 2013)

·       PSY 489 W (ON-LINE): Positive Psychology (Spring 2013)

·       PSY 489 (ON-LINE): Positive Psychology (Fall 2012)

·       MGT 343 W & E:  Comparative Management: US and Japan (F & S 2013)

·       BUS 315: Global Management and Organizational Behavior (Fall 2013 & 2012)


 Dr. Dharm P. S. Bhawuk is a Professor of Management and Culture and Community Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is originally from Nepal (US citizen and resident of Hawaii), and started his intercultural journey with a month at international children’s camp in Artek, USSR, in 1972.   He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (B. Tech., Hons) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (1979).  He earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1989) as a degree participant at the East-West Center during 1987-1989, and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the East West Center (1989) and the Lum Yip Kee Outstanding MBA Student of the Year award in 1990.   


He is author of the book Spirituality and Indian Psychology: Lessons from the Bhagavad-Gita (Springer, 2011) and co-editor of the book Asian Contributions to Cross-Cultural Psychology (Sage, 1996).  He has research interests in indigenous psychology and management, cross-cultural training, intercultural sensitivity, diversity in the workplace, individualism and collectivism, culture and creativity, and spirituality. He has published more than 60 papers and book chapters and made more than 160 presentations at international conferences and universities. He has edited special issues of journals on Globalization and Diversity (International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 2008, volume 32, no. 4, with Young Kim) and Indian Psychology (Psychology and Developing Societies, 2010, volume 22, no. 1, with E S Srinivas).  His research has appeared in various Handbooks and edited volumes as well journals such as the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, International Journal of Psychology, Cross-Cultural Research, Applied Psychology: International Review, Psychology and Developing Societies, Indian Psychological Review, Delhi Business Review, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Policy, and Journal of Management.


He developed a measure of intercultural sensitivity using the theory of individualism and collectivism for his master’s thesis, and a paper based on this research was published in International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Bhawuk & Brislin, 1992).  He received his Ph. D. in Industrial Relations (with specialization in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995) under the supervision of Professor Harry C. Triandis.  His dissertation, The Role of Culture Theory in Cross-Cultural Training: A Comparative Evaluation of Culture-Specific, Culture-General, and Culture Theory-Based Assimilators, supported the hypothesis that people learn better from a theory-based assimilator than from other kinds of culture assimilators.  Articles based on his dissertation using a multimethod approach to measure the effects of cross-cultural training were published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (Bhawuk, 1998), International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Bhawuk, 2001), and Best Paper Proceedings of Academy of Management (Bhawuk, 1996).  He has organized two international conferences, one for the Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR) in Honolulu, Hawaii, during August 15-19, 2009 on the theme of World Peace through Intercultural Understanding, and the second one for the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology in Kathmandu, Nepal, during Jan 1-3, 1992 (Fourth Asian Regional Conference), and the second.


Prior to coming to academia, he worked in the airline industry (Nepal Airlines) for about ten years and was the head of Airlines Training Center when he left the airlines.  He has conducted training programs for organizations like the American Peace Corps, German Volunteer Program, Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), International Labor Organization (ILO), Korean Airlines, POSCO (Pohang Steel Company) of Korea, and so forth. He has consulted with international organizations like the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and also with local organizations like the City of Champaign, Illinois.


He has received many awards and honors including H Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina (2009-2010),  Rupe Chilsom Best Theory to Practice Paper Award from the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management (2009), for the paper “From Social Engineering to Community Transformation: Amul, Grameen Bank, and Mondragon as Exemplar Cooperatives” (Bhawuk, Mrazek, & Munusamy, 2009), Professor of the Semester, Fall 2007, MHRM Program, Shidler College of Business, Distinguished Scholar Award, Management Department, College of Business Administration (2000), Best Paper Award from the International Division of the Academy of Management (1996), for the paper, Development of a culture theory-based assimilator:  Applications of individualism and collectivism in cross-cultural training, Distinguished Service Award from the East West Center (1989) and the Lum Yip Kee Outstanding MBA Student Award from the College of Business Administration, University of Hawaii (1990).


He likes to do yoga and meditation. He loves to swim and jog. He likes to start his class with jokes, and you may actually laugh J


He is married and has two sons. His wife, Poonam, is a homemaker. Both his sons, Atma and Ananta have Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Engineering from UH Manoa.  Atma also has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and works for Mechanical Engineers of Hawaii (MEH) in Honolulu. Ananta is enjoying exploring life.