Management and Organizations

Plan of Study

"The M&O Ph.D. program is one of the only programs in the U.S. that offers eight content courses and five research method courses in the area of organizational behavior and human resource. Each course is instructed by a leading scholar in that topic area. In class, we were encouraged to discuss future research directions and develop original ideas that have publication potential. The extraordinary course work provides a solid foundation for doctoral students' dissertation research and future academic career success."
—Hailin (Helen) Zhao, 4th year Ph.D. student

The Ph.D. in management and organizations is intended primarily to prepare students for research and teaching positions in human resource management, organizational behavior, and organizational psychology. We provide rigorous training through course work and mentored research with faculty members in such areas as employee selection, compensation management, motivation and attitudes, teams and group processes, training and development, leadership and person-environment fit. In addition, our curriculum emphasizes our strengths in measurement and research methods, with courses on experimental design, field research, and qualitative research methods, in addition to our world-renowned meta-analysis and measurement courses. Thus, all students participate in a core set of courses in human resource management, organizational behavior, and research methods, but they are also encouraged to pursue elective courses and mentored research with faculty in their area of specialization.

Students need not have a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration to enter the Ph.D. program. However, students without such preparation may have to complete additional course work in order to meet AACSB requirements.

Course Work

Course work centers around three primary areas to provide students with a comprehensive view of the field and a diverse toolkit of research methods. Key courses in these areas are as follows:

Human Resource Management
  • Training and Development 
  • Recruitment & Staffing in Organizations
  • Performance and Career Management
  • Reward Systems
  • Human and Social Capital

Organizational Behavior

  • Group Processes
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and Attitudes
  • Organizational Theory

Research Methods

  • Measurement
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Experimental Design
  • Field Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods