Department of Management - PhD Specializations in Management

PhD Specializations in Management

Students usually specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management

Students with specific interests in operations management, purchasing management or logistics management may want to consider a concentration in Supply Chain Management.

Organizational Behavior

Organizational behavior is concerned with the study of individuals and groups within organizational contexts. Examples of major topics studied in this area include:

  • Individual characteristics such as values, personality, attitudes and beliefs
  • Individual processes such as motivation, decision-making and attitude formation
  • Group characteristics such as size and composition
  • Group processes and practices such as feedback and appraisal systems, task design, reward systems, goal setting and the influence of these processes on individual outcomes such as
  • turnover, performance and job attitudes
  • Organizational cognition (knowledge, information and learning)
  • Organizational culture, climate and identity

Strategic Management

Strategic management is concerned with the roles and problems of general managers -- those who manage businesses or multifunctional business units. Examples of major topics studied in this area include:

  • Strategy formulation and implementation
  • Strategic planning and decision-making
  • Competitive strategy
  • Composition and processes of top management teams
  • Governance and Board of Directors
  • Executive compensation
  • Diversification
  • Industry analysis
  • Mergers and alliances