Management has been described as a practice where art, science, and craft meet. It is management that takes the assets of a firm (its products, its services, its people) and combines them in a way that achieves lasting success. Because there is an art to it, effective management is something that a firm’s competitors find difficult to imitate.
Undergraduate and masters students can learn the craft and science of management in a number of different areas. Strategic management focuses on the decisions that top management can make to increase profitability. Organizational behavior focuses on what leaders can do to improve motivation and performance. Operations management focuses on improving the processes used to produce goods and services. Students with Management majors, concentrations, or certificates can leverage those skills in industry, management consulting, and entrepreneurial careers.
PhD students are trained to contribute to the science of management. The department’s faculty are among the most productive in the country and include current and former editors of several top journals. The faculty study a wide variety of topics and encourage students to carve out their own unique research identities.
Points of Pride
Our faculty includes associate editors of both Academy of Management Journal (Scott Graffin) and Academy of Management Review (Mike Pfarrer)—the two flagship journals in the field. The associate editors for those two journals come from 25 different universities. Only Georgia and Michigan State have faculty serving as associate editors for both outlets.
Our department ranked 12th in the Texas A&M Rankings of management department productivity in 2013, and in the top 20 over the past five years. We also rank in the top 25 in the University of Texas-Dallas Rankings when searching by top-tier management journals. With only 10 faculty in the organizational behavior and strategy areas, our department winds up being one of the most productive in the country on a "per capita" basis.
Jessica Rodell was a recipient of the Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholar award, which recognizes an up and coming scholar who is a rising star. This was the first year of existence for the Adams Early Career Scholar award, which was given to three assistant professors across the university.
Our faculty hold 21 editorial board positions among the top-tier journals in management, including Academy of Management Journal (7), Academy of Management Review (2), Administrative Science Quarterly (1), Journal of Applied Psychology (4), Strategic Management Journal (3), Personnel Psychology (2), Organization Science (1), and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1).
Jon Bundy (a 2014 PhD graduate in strategy) accepted a position at Penn State. Jon had a very successful job market experience, with job offers and/or pending site visits from Indiana, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, and Arizona. Read more about Jon in the Terry Magazine.
Interim Department Head
Jason Colquitt wants his students to see the value in supplementing their experience and intuition with science-based wisdom.
The William Harry Willson Distinguished Chair in the department of management, wants his students to see the value in supplementing their experience and intuition with science-based wisdom.