PhD Programs

Organization and Strategy students working together

Organization and Strategy Specialization

The PhD in Business with a specialization in organization and strategy, housed in the Department of Management, prepares students to conduct significant research on behavioral and strategic issues facing contemporary organizations. Our students pursue a blend of coursework that enables them to understand the interplay between organizational behavior and strategic management. Most of our students focus their dissertation research on either organizational behavior or strategic management, although students may choose to examine topics that combine elements of organizational behavior and strategy.

Our students draw on extensive faculty resources within the Department of Management. The organizational behavior faculty currently pursues research in such areas as job design, work stress, organizational justice, cultural diversity, career development, business ethics and work-family dynamics. Our strategy faculty focuses on high technology firms, with specific interests in alliances and joint ventures, knowledge-based view of the firm, start-ups and corporate entrepreneurship, the strategy process, and the strategic management of technology. Our students also have close contact with our colleagues in management information systems.

Students specializing in organization and strategy take the following 11 courses:

  • MGMT 903: Research and Analysis in Behavioral Science
  • STAT 924: Multivariate Analysis
  • MGMT 905: Advanced Research and Analysis in Behavioral Science
  • MGMT 910: Readings in Strategic Management
  • MGMT 920: Cognitive Perspectives on Strategy
  • MGMT 930: Seminar in Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 940: Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 950: Technology and Strategy
  • Three additional PhD-level courses (with the approval of the adviser), no more than two of which are outside the organization and strategy area

The following list of potential electives is not exhaustive:

  • MGMT 990: Special Topics in Management
  • Independent Study in Organization and Strategy (maximum of two)
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Management information systems
  • Course in other departments within the college or the university

Research Conversation with
Blythe Rosikiewicz

PhD Candidate, Management

PhD Candidate Blythe Rosikiewicz

How can competitive situations in the workplace affect both individual and team outcomes?