The PhD in Business with specializations in organizational behavior or strategy, housed in the Department of Management, prepares students to conduct significant research on behavioral or strategic issues facing contemporary organizations starting on day one. Through a series of courses in statistics and research methods, the program provides a strong methodological foundation in management research.
Our students draw on extensive faculty resources within the Department of Management. We take pride in the collaborative relationships between faculty and students. Our students engage in research with our prolific faculty from their first year in the program. Our faculty are active researchers, many of whom serve on the editorial boards of leading management journals such as:
- Academy of Management Journal
- Journal of Applied Psychology
- Journal of Management
- Journal of Organizational Behavior
- Organization Science
- Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
- Personnel Psychology
- Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
Organizational Behavior Faculty Research Areas
- Job Design
- Work Stress
- Organizational Justice
- Cultural Diversity
- Business Ethics
- Organizational Climate and Culture
- Workplace Deviance
- Team Dynamics
Strategy Faculty Research Areas
Our strategy faculty focus on high technology firms, with specific interests in:
- Strategic Human Capital Management
- Knowledge-based View of the Firm
- Start-ups and Corporate Entrepreneurship
- Strategy Process
- Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
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.
Students specializing in organization and strategy take the following 11 courses:
- MGMT 906: Foundations of Research in Behavioral Science
- MGMT 907: Research Analysis in Behavioral Science
- MGMT 908: Advanced Research in Behavioral Science
- MGMT 910: Readings in Strategic Management
- MGMT935: Seminar in Organization Theory
- MGMT 940: Seminar in Organizational Behavior
- MGMT 950: Technology and Strategy
- STAT 924: Multivariate Analysis
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)
- Courses in other departments within the college or the university
Additional Requirements and Features
After the completion of the first year of the program, students are examined on their competence in the first-year material and their readiness to continue in the program. Students must take and successfully pass the first-year exams. Passing these exams allows PhD students to take their specialization courses in their second year.
At the completion of their coursework, students take written and oral candidacy examinations, also referred to as field exams. These examinations test each student’s preparation for dissertation research. Each student must pass the field exam in the area in which they wish to pursue research. Once the candidacy examinations are passed, the student is recognized as a PhD candidate.
The doctoral dissertation is a piece of original research designed to make a theoretical contribution to the student’s chosen discipline. Each candidate selects a dissertation adviser and an advisory committee of additional faculty members is formed. The candidate prepares a detailed dissertation proposal that is defended before the University community. After successfully defending the proposal, the candidate conducts the research and prepares a written dissertation. The completed dissertation is then defended in a final oral examination.
LeBow and Drexel provide PhD students with training in how to be highly effective teachers in their first and second years. Typically, after the candidacy exam has been passed, doctoral candidates in LeBow assume teaching duties as sole instructors for four courses total before graduating the program.
Assistantships and Financial Aid
LeBow PhD students have access to financial support through teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and other awards.
Contact Your PhD Coordinator
For any questions about the PhD in Business focusing on organizational behavior, please contact Mary Mawritz, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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