Earn a Ph.D. in Business and a Major Concentration in Organizational Behavior
The Ph.D. In Business and a Major Concentration in Organizational Behavior* prepares students to research fundamental questions about complex organizations as well as the groups and individuals that behave within them, drawing from both psychological and sociological perspectives. Students pursue high-quality research, at multiple levels of analysis, to advance theoretical understanding of the interdisciplinary behavior of organizations, the environments that shape their behaviors, and the psychological and sociological mechanisms that explain them.
A distinguishing feature of the OB Ph.D. program is its broad interdisciplinary training and focus on both “micro” and “macro” organizational behavior. Students are expected to develop proficiency in both areas but may pursue research that draws from either or both approaches. The field of organizational behavior addresses fundamental topics in contemporary organizations that covers the who (e.g., diversity, individual differences, leadership, teams), the how (e.g., networks, power and influence), the why (e.g., affect, cognition, motivation, trust), and the what (e.g., creativity and innovation, employee wellbeing, ethical decision makings, organizational change, performance, social justice and equity) of organizational life.
The main goal of the organizational behavior doctoral program is to train students to do high-quality research in OB and to prepare them for careers as professors of organizational behavior at top academic, research-focused institutions. To achieve this goal, Ph.D. students are required to take courses in organizational behavior, research methods, statistics, as well as disciplinary elective courses in areas such as psychology, sociology, political science and economics. They will also conduct original research and write research papers examining important and relevant issues in organizational behavior. Students are expected to become active in research at the inception of the program and learn through both formal coursework and informal mentorship. The program also has a teaching requirement to prepare students for the teaching responsibilities typical at a top research university.
Organizational Behavior Area Advisor
Recruiting for Fall 2024
The Ph.D. in Business and a Major Concentration in Organizational Behavior will begin accepting applications August 1st for Fall 2024 matriculation. The application deadline is December 15, 2023.