PhD in Organizational Behavior
Kurt Dirks discusses a theory on strategic problem formation.
Olin’s Organizational Behavior program examines how individuals and groups affect and are affected by organizations and the people in them. Students pursuing a PhD in Organizational Behavior study organizations from multiple viewpoints, methods, and levels of analysis, delving deep into management, leadership, negotiation, team development, and conflict management, among other areas.
The program follows an apprentice model with an emphasis on one-on-one interaction. You work directly with faculty and your thesis adviser, observing how our research-driven faculty approaches a subject.
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Organizational Behavior Faculty and Research
Olin has a diverse and highly productive faculty in Organizational Behavior, and their work – drawing on cutting-edge theory and methods from economics, psychology, and sociology – is published in a wide range of leading organization and strategy journals, including:
- Academy of Management Journal
- Academy of Management Review
- Journal of Applied Psychology
- Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes
- Psychological Science
Recent research projects have examined performance benefits of team production; how leaders gain the trust of their subordinates, and how they can rebuild it once it has been lost; how to enhance the creativity of workgroups; changing nature of the employment contract; and methods of negotiation and conflict resolution.