The PhD Program in Management & Organizations

The PhD program in Management and Organizations (MORS) integrates psychological, sociological and economic perspectives on the study of organizations and their members. Faculty and students pursue research on the behavior of individuals, groups, organizations and groups of organizations, with the goal of advancing theoretical understanding of these phenomena. The program of study emphasizes the interplay between theory development and empirical research. The program is designed to develop the content knowledge and methodological skills necessary to become a successful and productive scholar. Students are expected to engage in research projects throughout the course of graduate study and to complete a series of coursework.

The Management and Organizations Department maintains an active training program for researchers with interests in management and organizations, theory, and management broadly defined. Our doctoral students come from a variety of backgrounds, including some with substantial work and professional experiences, recent MBA graduates, and others enter directly from undergraduate programs in the social sciences, business, engineering, and allied fields.

In addition, the Kellogg School and the MORS department have a strong commitment to the recruitment, admission, training and placement of women and minority scholars.

Applications to doctoral programs at the Kellogg School must be submitted through The Graduate School and coordinated with the Kellogg School’s Doctoral Program Office.

If you have any questions about the Kellogg School’s doctoral programs, please contact Susan Jackman, the coordinator for the doctoral program.

Typical Program of Study

The hallmarks of the program are a first year curriculum that provides a broad theoretical background in the disciplines of psychology and sociology that underlie the behavior of individuals, groups, organizations and their environments; students' active involvement in scholarly research from day one; and the breadth of faculty expertise that fosters innovative and high impact research.

Year 1

Fall

  • The Individual and the Organization
  • Organizations in Their Environments
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Supervised research
  • Graduate Research Seminar

Winter

  • Behavior in Organizational Systems
  • Social Processes in Organizations
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Supervised research

Spring

  • Empirical Research in Organization Behavior: Methods and Practice
  • Statistics
  • MORS Elective
  • Research Methods
  • Supervised Research

Summer

  • Preliminary Exams
Year 2

Fall

  • Supervised Research
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Elective (minor course)
  • MORS Elective
  • Graduate Research Seminar

Winter

  • Supervised Research
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Elective (minor course)
  • MORS Elective

Spring

  • Supervised Research
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Elective (minor course)
  • MORS Elective

Summer

  • Supervised Research
Year 3
  • Candidacy Paper
  • Dissertation research
  • Graduate Research Seminar
Year 4 and 5
  • Dissertation Proposal (Year 4)
  • Opportunity to teach MORS MBA course
  • Proposal and Dissertation work
  • Dissertation Defense (Year 5)

Jeanne M. Brett, the DeWitt W. Buchanan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations
Jeanne M. Brett, the DeWitt W. Buchanan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations. Photo © Nathan Mandell