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Organization and Human Resources

     “Students who join the program will work closely with faculty
      members who are experts in their various research domains
      and who encourage them to develop their own areas of 
      research expertise, enabling them to be successful and
      independent scholars upon completion of the program.
      Complementing this mentorship is the formal course work
      that focuses on a varied set of areas with several courses
      delving into domain-specific areas of focus, such as teams,
      and other courses covering research methods and allied
      disciplines such as social psychology.”

      Prasad Balkundi, PhD
      Associate Professor
      Department of Organization and Human Resources Department

The organization and human resources major in the Management PhD program provides opportunities for concentrations in the fields of organizational behavior and human resource management. Studies in organizational behavior focus on the behavior of individuals and groups in the organizational context, the relations between individuals and organizations, the study of organizations themselves and the behavioral/social science foundations of these subjects. The closely related field of human resources studies the strategies and approaches used to effectively recruit, select, develop, train, reward and manage people in ways that optimize individual, team and organizational effectiveness. 

Work with Leading Researchers

 Alumni Testimonial 

 “My experience in the OHR PhD major was instrumental
  in my development as a scholar. The program
  provided me with the right combination of quality
  coursework, intensive faculty collaboration and
  mentoring in research, as well as personal support
  and encouragement."

  Mark Huselid, PhD ’93
  Distinguished Professor of Workforce Analytics
  Director, Center for Workforce Analytics
  D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  Northeastern University

You will work with committed faculty scholars who are internationally known for their scholarly achievements in organizational behavior and human resources. They actively engage with students, often working jointly with them on various research projects. In addition, our faculty:

Faculty Research Interests 

Social networks
Research methods

Conflict resolution
Social intelligences


Power and politics
Job stress

Land a Position at a Leading University

Our organization and human resources graduates accept positions at major universities throughout the U.S. and the world, as well as at leading consulting and research firms. Below are a few examples of past placements:

  • Virginia Tech
  • Rutgers University
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Oregan State University
  • Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
For more information about the particular research efforts of our faculty, visit our faculty profiles. If you wish to speak to a faculty member directly or arrange a visit, contact Cheryl Tubisz, department secretary, and she will assist you.

For degree requirements, consult the PhD handbook.

Contact Us

Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341

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