Students selecting an emphasis in organization and management studies examine the complex relationships among individuals, groups, organizations and market systems that must be managed effectively if organizations are to thrive in today’s uncertain and often rapidly-changing environment. The program of study ensures that students have a solid conceptual foundation in organizational behavior, strategic human resource management, organization theory and strategic management as well as in-depth expertise in one or more of these specialized areas.
The program is designed primarily to train individuals who wish to become researchers and faculty members at universities where scholarship is critical, therefore the program is designed around developing research competence. Students will develop the necessary expertise in research methods and statistics to enable them to investigate and understand organizational activities at multiple levels of analysis and to make substantial contributions to the developing body of knowledge.
Program of Study
Doctoral program coursework requirements include foundation courses in business (this requirement may be met by a master’s degree in business or a business-related discipline); courses in statistics and research methodology; major area coursework; and electives. The college offers a doctoral seminar in teaching pedagogy to prepare students for their instructional responsibilities. Students typically complete coursework and pass their comprehensive exam
within three years. Once a student has been Advanced to Candidacy, the remainder of the program is spent working on a dissertation and other research projects.
Much of the learning in the doctoral program takes place beyond the classroom— interacting with fellow students, participating in research with faculty and developing a student’s own research program. Entering students are not expected to have a specific research focus when they begin. Many of the courses, experiences, assistantship assignments and collaborative research activities during the first three years of the program are designed to help students develop an appropriate research agenda.
Students are expected to present their work at competitive national meetings and submit their work for publication consideration as part of the doctoral experience. The doctoral program requires a full-time effort and a commitment of at least four to five years.
Management faculty members have been nationally ranked for their research publications in the top-level management journals. They have published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Decision Sciences, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management Studies, Personnel Psychology, Organizational
Research Methods and many others.
Annual Deadline for Applying for Fall 2014 is February 1st