The intersection of people and enterprise

How does a dead fish handshake at an interview affect your chances of getting the job? At what “age” should a startup business offer benefits, without affecting their growth curve? What makes top performers burn out, and how can managers head it off? Will extra perks like primo parking spots help you keep your rockstar employees? How do astronauts on the International Space Station manage to stay engaged with all the tasks they have to complete in space?

Management is about answering questions. Specifically, questions about humans and their impact on the organizations they comprise, like the ones above. 

The research topics tackled by our own management & entrepreneurship (M&E) faculty are as fascinating as they are varied. We have a reputation for one of the strongest M&E departments in the country, with a concentration of some of the best faculty in the field. As a PhD candidate here, you’ll be part of the excitement. You can turn your curiosity about how people and companies can work better into a successful career as a teacher and an influential thinker.

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Preserving a faculty ratio of 1:1

We compete with the nation’s highest-ranked business schools for the brightest PhD students. But our selectivity keeps the program small. We admit about 3 students annually from 40–50 applicants.

We support 14–15 PhD candidates, allowing us to maintain a one-to-one student-faculty ratio. That means you can count on attention and engaged mentoring as you progress through the program.

Faculty expertise and research interests

  • Amy Colbert - Intrinsic Motivation / Leadership / Person-Environment Fit / Personality / Workplace Relationships
  • Amy Kristof-Brown - Person-Environment Fit / Impression Management in Interviews / Teams
  • Greg Stewart - Health Care Management / Human resource management / Personality and performance / Self-directed teams
  • Ken Brown – e-learning / Leadership development / Motivation / Training
  • Sara Rynes - Academic-Practitioner Relationships / Evidence-Based Management / Compensation Strategies and Outcomes / Job Search and Recruitment
  • Ning Li - Big data and team collaboration / Individual differences / OCB and proactive behavior / Social network / Team leadership
  • Eean Crawford - Employee Engagement / Groups and Teams / Personality / Social Networks
  • Arturs Kalnins - Strategy / Entrepreneurship / Research Methods
  • Bodi Vasi - Corporate Social Responsibility / Economic Sociology / Non-Market Strategy / Social Movements
  • Rong Su - Gender and Diversity in Organizations / Individual Differences (Personality, Interests) / Person-Environment Fit / Research Methods / Meta-Analysis
  • Beth Livingston - Work and Family / Gender and Diversity in Organizations / Justice / Intersectionality / Human Resources
  • Michele Williams - Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Gender and Social Categorization / Trust and Collaboration
  • Semin Park - Dynamic Network Relations / Conflict / Team Composition / Multiteam Systems
  • Daniel Newton - Voice / Engagement / Teams

At a glance

Iowa City is ranked the #1 College Town

College Ranked Town

(reviews.org)
1:1 Faculty to Student Ratio

Faculty to PhD Student Ratio

#9 TAMUGA Ranking

Five-year average TAMUGA ranking

(tamugarankings.com)

Bright prospects and a glowing record

Tippie Management PhD contribute insight and research at universities and colleges around the world. Our record of success is impeccable: of the past 5 years, all PhD graduates have been placed in academic positions and since 2012, 18 of our alums have chosen tenure track academic positions.

2019 Management PhD Placements

Student

Grad Year

Dissertation Chair(s)

Initial Placement
(with position)
and record

Current Institution

Jordan Nielsen

2019

Amy Colbert

Purdue University
(Assistant Prof)
1 PPsych, 1 4th R&R ASQ, 1 SGR

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Zhenyu Yuan

2019

Ning Li

University of Illinois at Chicago
(Assistant Prof)
3 JAPs (including 1 first author) plus 9 other non-top-tier articles

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Christina Li 2019 Amy Kristof-Brown Southern Methodist University
(Visiting Assistant Prof)
1 first author PPsych, 2 chapters
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Student

Grad Year

Dissertation Chair(s)

Initial Placement
(with position)
and record

Current Institution

Kameron Carter

2018

Greg Stewart

Penn State University
(Assistant Prof)
1 JAP, 1 JVB, 1 chapter

Penn State University
(Assistant Prof)

Bethany Cockburn

2018

Amy Colbert

Northern Illinois University
(Assistant Prof)
1 PPsych, 3 other non-top-tier articles

Northern Illinois University
(Assistant Prof)

Daniel Goering

2018

Amy Colbert

Missouri State University
(Assistant Prof)
3 non-top-tier articles, 1 chapter

Missouri State University
(Assistant Prof)

Jia (Joya) Yu

2017

Ning Li /
Scott Seibert

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(Assistant Professor)
2 JAPs (1 first author), 1 JBE, 1 1st R&R at AMJ

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(Assistant Professor)

Stacy Astrove

2017

Maria Kraimer

John Carroll University-Ohio
(Assistant Prof)
1 chapter, 1 3rd R&R at AMJ, 1 1st R&R at AMJ

John Carroll University-Ohio
(Assistant Prof)

Sheryl Walter

2016

Amy Colbert

Indiana University
(Assistant Prof)
2 JAPs

Indiana University
(Assistant Prof)

Lindsey Greco

2016

Maria Kraimer

Oklahoma State University
(Assistant Prof)
1 first author JAP, 1 LQ

Oklahoma State University
(Assistant Prof)

Elizabeth Follmer

2016

Amy Kristof-Brown

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst
(Assistant Prof)
1 2nd R&R AMJ, 1 chapter

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst
(Assistant Prof)

Hailin (Helen) Zhao

2016

Ning Li /
Ken Brown

University of Hong Kong
(Assistant Prof)
2 JAPs, 2nd R&R PPsych, 1st R&R AMJ

University of Hong Kong
(Assistant Prof)

Erik González-Mulé

2015

Michael Mount

Indiana University
(Assistant Prof)
2 JAPs

Indiana University
(Assistant Prof)

Patrick Downes

2015

Eean Crawford /
Scott Seibert

Rutgers University
(Assistant Prof)
1 JOM, 1 first author HRMR, 1 R&R at OS

Texas Christian University
(Assistant Prof)

Cody Reeves

2015

Greg Stewart

Brigham Young University
(Assistant Prof)
1 JAP, 2 chapters

Brigham Young University
(Assistant Prof)

Andrew Hosmanek

2015

Amy Colbert

University of Iowa
(Lecturer)
2 non-top-tier articles (1 first author)

University of Iowa
(Lecturer)

Brian McCormick

2014

Amy Colbert

Northern Illinois University
(Assistant Prof)
1 co-first author JAP; 1 JAP under second review

Northern Illinois University
(Assistant Prof)

Abigail Pierotti

2014

Maria Kraimer

Deloitte Consulting, Virginia
(Senior Consultant, Org. Talent)
1 JAP, 1 chapter

Deloitte Consulting, Virginia
(Manager, Org. Talent)

Daejeong Choi

2013

Maria Kraimer

University of Melbourne
(Assistant Prof)
1 LQ; 1 1st author non-top-tier article; 2 other non-top-tier articles

University of Melbourne
(Associate Prof)

Steven Charlier

2012

Greg Stewart

Quinnipiac University
(Assistant Prof)
1 first author AMLE; 1 chapter

Georgia Southern University
(Associate Prof)

Stephen Courtright

2012

Amy Colbert

Texas A&M
(Assistant Prof)
(2 JAPs, 1 JOM, 1 GOM)

Texas A&M
(Associate Prof)

Our faculty help shape the field

On our faculty roster, you’ll find some big-time M&E researchers. Like Amy Kristof-Brown, an internationally recognized expert in person-organization fit. Or Ning Li, a researcher of social networks, team leadership, and discretionary behaviors, whose research ranks him near the top worldwide among early-career management professors. And Greg Stewart, who’s in the midst of cutting-edge research on medical care provider teams in the V.A. hospital system.

Our heavy-hitter lineup is long and growing. Faculty like Ken Brown, Amy Colbert, Eean Crawford, Rong Su, Michele Williams, Beth Livingston, Semin Park, Daniel Newton, and Bodi Vasi produce industry-leading research and guide our PhD students through their degree.

We’re also some of the most published authors in the leading management and applied psychology journals, like the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Management. Our faculty productivity is ranked 9th in the TAMUGA research rankings, and we are constantly engaged in interesting, applicable, and cutting-edge research.

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Student Story
Dan Goering

“It was through this experience I realized, wow. This is how I can help—by applying research to complex, difficult, and delicate issues.”