Become a leading scholar. Train in workforce management. Help organizations run effectively.

As an organization and human resources major in the Management PhD program, you can concentrate in organizational behavior and human resources.

Organizational behavior focuses on the behavior of individuals and groups in the organizational context, relations between individuals and organizations, the study of organizations themselves and the behavioral/social science foundations of these subjects. The related field of human resources studies the strategies and approaches used to effectively recruit, select, develop, reward and manage people to optimize individual, team and organizational effectiveness.

Work with Leading Researchers

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

  • Publish in and serve on editorial boards for the field’s top journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organization Science, Journal of Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Publish books such as Politics in Organizations: Theory and Research Considerations and The Differentiated Workforce: Translating Talent into Strategic Impact
  • Serve or have served in leadership positions in the field, including with the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management
  • Are highly involved in research through the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness 
  • Interact closely with regional, national and international business leaders

Faculty Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Social networks
  • Motivation
  • Research methods
  • Emotions
  • Performance
  • Conflict resolution
  • Social intelligences
  • Teams
  • Complexity
  • Negotiation
  • Turnover
  • Power and politics
  • Diversity
  • Trust
  • Job stress

Land a Position at a Leading University

Graduates accept positions at major universities nationwide and around the world, as well as at leading consulting and research firms. Past placements include:

  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Oregan State University
  • Rutgers University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Claremont Graduate University

For more information about faculty research, visit our faculty profiles. If you wish to speak to a faculty member directly or arrange a visit, contact Cheryl Tubisz, department secretary.

For degree requirements, consult the PhD handbook.