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 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.
Laura Little received the 2015 Best Paper Award from Academy of Management Journal for her paper titled, "Professional image maintenance: How women navigate pregnancy in the workplace." The paper was selected by a committee of editorial review board members to recognize the best paper out of the 90 papers published in the Journal that year. This same paper was also a finalist for the Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.
We ranked 7th in the Texas A&M Rankings of management department productivity for 2015, and 15th for the 2011-2015 time window. With only ten faculty, those rankings make us one of the most productive groups in the country.
Mike Baer (a 2015 PhD graduate now at Arizona State) earned a university-wide Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award for his work on employee trust.
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).
Our PhD program has placed students at a number of top universities, including Arizona State (Mike Baer, 2015), Penn State (Jon Bundy, 2014), Illinois-Chicago (John Lynch, 2016), and Oklahoma State (Jason Kiley, 2015).
Department of Management Offerings
Undergraduate 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.
Whether an organization is large, small, established, or a startup, resources must be carefully allocated and controlled. Effectively managing these resources requires more knowledge and skill than ever before. Terry brings its own set of resources to the table to prepare students to be effective managers. While the Operations Management courses focus on manufacturing and service operations, Terry’s expertise extends much further, offering invaluable courses and experiences for leadership development, strategy formation, and a mentality for sustainability.
The PhD in Management prepares students for a research and teaching career in either Organizational Behavior or Strategy. Students gain a content foundation through substantive and methodological coursework offered by the thought leaders in the field. Students gain research experience by participating as coauthors on top-tier journal articles with one of the most productive faculties in the country.
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