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Business Ph.D.


The Ph.D. Program in Organizational Behavior (OB) prepares students for success in research universities as faculty members specializing in organizational behavior.  The field of OB seeks to develop knowledge of how individuals and groups think, feel, and behave in organizational settings and to apply that knowledge to foster effective management of individuals in work settings.  Its origins include psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Key research areas within the discipline include employee well-being, work design, teams, decision-making, ethics, emotions, leadership, careers, individual differences, motivation, creativity and innovation, organizational change, culture, and cross-cultural differences.  Conceptually and empirically, OB includes multiple levels of analysis in order to address individuals within situations. Research in the field is methodologically rigorous and is grounded in the social sciences.

Program Requirements and Information

Required Coursework

  1. A graduate course in economics: BE 701: Business Economics OR BE 917: Advanced Managerial Economics OR ECON 700: Survey of Microeconomics
  2. MGMT 905: Philosophy of Science/Theory Building
  3. MGMT 906: Behavioral Research Methods
  4. MGMT 916: Management History and Theories
  5. One of the two Management Area HRM Content Courses
  6. One of the two Management Area OB Content Courses
  7. One of the two Management Area Strategy Content Courses

MGMT Area Discretionary Course Requirements

  1. The Second Management Area Course from Student’s Area of Specialization (i.e. HRM/OB/Strategy; specific titles and course # to be added)
  2. Elective Content or Statistics/Methods Course
  3. Elective Content or Statistics/Methods Course

Statistics/Research Methods Course Requirements

  1. PSYC 790: Statistical Methods in Psychology
  2. PSYC 791: Statistical Methods in Psychology II
  3. PSYC 893: Multivariate Analysis
  4. PSYC 894: Multilevel Modeling
  5. PSYC 896: Structural Equation Modeling I
Area of Concentration
Most students typically will select the specific area to which they are admitted (organizational behavior) as their concentration. However, an aspirant, with the assistance of his or her faculty advisor and the area faculty, may propose an interdisciplinary area of concentration that is a combination of the traditional business disciplines of accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, decision sciences, and strategic management. An aspirant may also propose an interdisciplinary area of concentration that includes emphases such as international business, law, and economics. The aspirant must take at least five advanced courses in the area of concentration. These courses may include those offered outside the School of Business.
Supporting Areas
Coursework in the area of concentration is supplemented and strengthened by study in one or two supporting areas. A supporting area is one that supplements and complements the area of concentration. The aspirant will satisfy the supporting area requirement by taking at least four advanced courses in the supporting areas (at least two courses in each of two supporting areas, or at least four courses in one supporting area). The typical supporting areas for decision science students are marketing, economics, finance, etc. Courses recommended for preparation for the qualifiers may not be included in satisfying the supporting area requirement.
Research Methodology
For successful qualifier assessment, the student’s program of study should include adequate preparation in research methodology. A sound research is always grounded on sound methodology. A doctoral student in organizational behavior has the opportunity to develop methodological skill in probability and statistics, optimization, uncertain reasoning, game theory, and econometrics. A typical doctoral dissertation often utilizes one or more of the following research methodology: empirical, analytical, behavioral, and computational.
Degree Completion Timeline
Years 1-2: Coursework* Year 3: Comprehensive Exams Year 4: Dissertation Proposal Year 5: Dissertation Defense (Some students can complete the program in four years.)
Over the past several years, our PhD graduates have been placed at schools such as Bryant College, Clermont France, University of Cincinnati, and US Military Academy-West Point. A complete list of placements can be found here.

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