With a senior faculty that includes four current and former journal editors and a junior faculty among the most productive in the country, our program is an ideal destination for anyone interested in a Management PhD. Our full-time in-residence program provides the training and collaboration needed to launch an academic career at a top research university.

A recent study of Management department productivity placed Georgia among the 12 most productive departments in the country in 2013. Georgia was the most productive department in the southeast in 2013, and is among the 16 most productive in the country over the past 5 years. Our faculty excel in both the organizational behavior (OB) and strategy domains of management.

PhD students work with faculty on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and coauthors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, not just their chosen advisor or dissertation chair.


Jon Bundy (a PhD student with a Strategy concentration) just 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. Congratulations Jon!

Read more about Jon Bundy in the spring issue of Terry Magazine.


Management PhDs choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Organizational behavior (OB)
  • Strategy

OB research focuses on understanding employee attitudes, emotions, and behaviors in organizational settings. OB students typically minor in industrial/organizational or social psychology. Strategy research focuses on understanding how organizational, CEO, and board decisions or characteristics influence firm profitability. Strategy students typically minor in sociology, economics, or finance.

Typical Course Sequence

  Fall Spring
Year 1
  • MGMT 9810 Organizational Behavior I
  • Statistics elective
  • Minor elective
Year 2
  • MGMT 9500 Strategy II
  • Statistics elective
  • Minor elective
  • MGMT 9820 Organizational Behavior II
  • MGMT 9610 Structural Equation Modeling
  • Minor elective
Year 3 Assuming the passing of comprehensive exams, acceptable departmental evaluations, and the approval of the Associate Dean, PhD students are put on a five year track. Year 3 is then focused on continuing to make progress on existing research projects while beginning lead-authored work.
Year 4 Year 4 is then focused on existing research projects before turning attention to the Dissertation Proposal.
Year 5 Year 5 is then focused on interviews in the academic job market before completing the final Dissertation Defense.