Organizational Behavior Specialization

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. through the Department of Management with a specialization in Organizational Behavior. The Organizational Behavior specialization focuses on the social psychology of organizational life. This focus translates into a broad array of concerns including ethical decision making in organizations, prejudice at work, negotiations, workplace justice, group decision making process, the role of time in groups, organizations’ self-defeating organizational behaviors, intra-group conflict, and the display of sexuality at work.

Students also select at least one supporting allied field that must be outside the Management Department, typically psychology. The Ph.D. program in Management is flexible, and each student’s program is designed according to his/her experience, interests, and career goals.

The Department of Management Ph.D. program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to develop excellence in their primary and supporting areas of study as well as in the quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies through a set of seminars. The seminars are designed to provide the required training and education necessary to make contributions to published literature in the field; recent topics included groups, negotiations, and ethics.

Doctoral students in the Organizational Behavior department work closely with faculty members on research and teaching assignments throughout their program. Students will have an opportunity to be involved in faculty members’ research projects, as well as to develop projects of their own. All students will have the opportunity to teach at least one course in their major area of study.

Each student’s program of study is tailored to the student’s needs and interests. The courses listed below are representative of those taken by recent students interested in researching organizational behavior. A complete program of study includes subsets of the courses listed in each category sufficient to meet minimum required semester hours. The actual nature and timing of course offerings varies.

A minimum of 15 major field, 9 allied field, and 15 research competency credit hours are required. Three credit hours in research must be a Philosophy of Science course. Students are also required to take an effective teaching course, which is held the week between spring and summer semesters of their first year. Once students have completed all the necessary requirements to advance to candidacy, they are then required to complete a minimum of 14 hours of thesis research.

To learn more about each course, read the course descriptions in the General Catalog and Class Schedules.

Typical Program of Study

  • MGT 7800: Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 7620: Strategy
  • MGT 7820: Organizational Theory
  • MGT Seminar: Special Topics in OB
  • MGT Seminar: Special Topics in OB
  • MGT 7310: Writing for Publication
  • MGT 7810: Professional Development
  • PSY 6410: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSY 6890: Social Psychology Brown Bag
  • PSY Seminar: Special Topics in Social Psychology
  • PSY Seminar: Special Topics in Social Psychology
  • MGT 7100: Research Design
  • MGT 7200: Philosophy of Science
  • PSY 6500: Social Psychology Quantitative Methods I
  • PSY 6510: Social Psychology Quantitative Methods II
  • PSY 6420: Social Psychology Research Methods
  • MGT 7200: Philosophy of Science
  • MGT 7300: Effective Teaching

Ideal Candidates

There are no formal education requirements other than a bachelor’s degree. Specifically, an MBA is not required.

We seek applicants who have strong interests in pursuing academic careers and have the skills necessary to successfully complete the program and conduct accounting research. Ideal candidates are motivated, are naturally curious, understand accounting and its role in business and the economy, and have strong quantitative skills (e.g., mathematics and statistics), data analysis skills (e.g., computer programming or statistical programming), and written and verbal communication skills. Additional coursework can be provided to compensate for a lack of quantitative background in cases where the faculty believe an applicant’s other qualifications are exceptional.

We admit students once per year, and applications are due by December 31.

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