Management PhDs choose one of the following concentrations:
- Organizational Behavior
- Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Organizational Behavior research focuses on understanding employee attitudes, emotions,
and behaviors, in an effort to improve the work experience. This research draws largely
from industrial, organizational, and social psychology. Strategy & Entrepreneurship
research explores sources of competitive advantage and firm success - both for large
publicly traded companies and newly formed ventures. This research builds on work
in sociology, social psychology, and economics.
Typical Course Sequence
- MGMT 9510 Strategic Management III (Strategy, competition, and corporate governance)
- MGMT 9830 Job Behaviors
- MGMT 9870 Job Motivation
- MGMT 9860 Meso Organizational Behavior
- MGMT 9520 Strategic Management IV (Status, reputation, and social evaluations of firms and executives)
- MGMT 9610 SEM
Years 3 - 5
- 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 is then focused on existing research projects before turning attention to the
- Year 5 is then focused on interviews in the academic job market before completing
the final Dissertation Defense.
Our program has placed students at a number of top universities in recent years, including:
- University of Nebraska (Rob Campbell, 2019 Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduate)
- Pepperdine University (Cole Short, 2019 Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduate)
- University of Oregon (Kate Zipay, 2018 Organizational Behavior graduate)
- University of Notre Dame (Tim Hubbard, 2017 Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduate)
- Indiana University (Ryan Outlaw, 2016 Organizational Behavior graduate)
- University of Illinois-Chicago (John Lynch, 2016 Organizational Behavior graduate)
- Arizona State University (Michael Baer, 2015 Organizational Behavior graduate)
- Oklahoma State University (Jason Kiley, 2015 Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduate)
- Pennsylvania State University (Jonathan Bundy, 2014 Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduate)
These students received offers and/or pending campus visits from a number of schools,
including University of North Carolina, University of Virginia (Darden), University
of Virginia (McIntire), University of Washington, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana
University, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, Washington University in
St. Louis, London Business School, and Imperial College London. Read more about UGA's placement successes in Terry Magazine.