Doctoral Subfields in Management

The division’s doctoral program is designed to prepare students for careers at premier academic or research institutions. Faculty members work closely with doctoral students in group seminars, joint empirical research, and one-on-one mentoring.

The curriculum features PhD coursework within Management as well as in other social science disciplines, including courses offered by the University’s major disciplinary departments. The division provides competitive financial support for doctoral students, including funding for joint projects with faculty. Doctoral students also have access to the School’s Behavioral Research Lab.

Professor Stephan Meier directs the doctoral program.

Doctoral Subfields

The two management subfields are interdependent. Many research topics span subfield boundaries and most faculty members teach and conduct research in more than one subfield. All PhD candidates develop basic skills to conduct research on organizations and then prepare individually tailored programs of study.

Micro Organizational Behavior is the study of how individuals and groups affect and are affected by organizations. Drawing primarily on social and cognitive psychology, this area includes such topics as decision-making, learning, work motivation and satisfaction, negotiation and bargaining, communication, cooperation and altruism, organizational culture, emotions, group processes, stereotyping, and injustice and power and influence.

Macro Organizational Theory and Strategic Management is the study of organizations as systems, relationships among organizations, and organizational environments. Drawing primarily on organizational and economic sociology, as well as economics, this area explores topics such as organizational structure and demography, organizational change, employment relations, technology and innovation, inter-organizational networks, and organizational performance and survival.