Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior


Program information

The doctoral 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. 

Application deadlines

  • Priority: December 15, 2023

  • Final: January 10, 2024

Admissions




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  • Research

    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.




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  • Teaching

    Part of our mission is to develop effective teachers. To that end, all doctoral students are required to teach at least two sections as independent instructors. The school and university prepare and reward doctoral students for excellence in teaching through various programs and awards.

Program details

Organizational Behavior Core Courses

A graduate course in economics: BE 701: Business Economics OR BE 917: Advanced Managerial Economics OR ECON 700: Survey of Microeconomics

Note: BE 917: Business Economics, is preferred. Students coming into the program directly from an undergraduate degree may consider substituting BE 701: Business Economics, or ECON 700: Survey of Microeconomics. In the event a student has taken a graduate economics course prior to enrolling as a KU doctoral student, she/he may waive the requirement and substitute either an elective doctoral content course or a statistics/research methods course for this requirement.

MGMT 905: Management Research Methods

MGMT 916: Major Management Theories

MGMT 953: Seminar in Organizational Behavior I

MGMT 954: Seminar in Organizational Behavior II

MGMT 956: Seminar in Strategic Management I OR MGMT 957: Seminar in Strategic Management II

MGMT 950: Seminar in Human Resource Management I OR MGMT 951: Seminar in Human Resource Management II

MGMT 998: Independent Study

MGMT 955: Special Topics in Organizational Behavior (offered when 3 or more students in years 1 & 2 of the program)

Statistics/Research Methods Courses

At least four courses with advisor approval

Electives

At least two or more courses with advisor approval

More information:

View a detailed list of courses in the Academic Catalog.

Year 1

  • Coursework
  • Research

Year 2

  • Coursework
  • Research

Year 3

  • Comprehensive exams

Year 4

  • Dissertation proposal

Year 5

  • Dissertation defense

Some students can complete the program in four years.


Program faculty

Organizational behavior doctoral students

Questions?

Contact Charly Edmonds, doctoral program director.