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PhD in Management and Organizations

Prepare for a career teaching and leading at a top business school. Collaborating with world-renowned faculty, you’ll produce research that explores individual and organizational dynamics, helping managers make better leadership decisions. Leverage the resources of top-ranked social sciences programs across the University of Michigan to add breadth and depth to your research. 

Lindsey Cameron
The M&O program allowed me to learn and try new things in a nurturing environment and then gave me the freedom to develop my ideas. The faculty are engaged and really care about students’ success. Whenever I expressed an interest in doing something unique to further my development, they were fully supportive. Michigan Ross has all of the pieces I needed to grow as a scholar, and the resources and depth of collaboration across the university are unmatched.

Research Origins: Where do research ideas come from?

Michigan Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer explains the genesis of her research on how employees at the middle level of an organization can feel empowered to spark change and thrive.


Management and Organizations PhD Program Structure

The first two years of the program include a sequence of four seminars on organizational behavior and theory and four terms of research methods courses, two of which must be quantitative. You will take additional graduate courses in your areas of interest.

Before the end of the second year, you will complete a piece of empirical research under faculty guidance.  

The preliminary exam, covering organizational behavior, organizational theory, and research methods, takes place at the end of the second year. The remainder of the program is devoted to the dissertation. 

Management and Organizations PhD Faculty

As a PhD student at Michigan Ross, you will have the opportunity to work closely with social scientists spanning a broad range of research areas and have access to unparalleled resources for pursuing your diverse scholarly interests. 

Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
Robert P. Thome Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor for Management and Organizations
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
Professor of Management & Organizations
Professor of Environment and Sustainability
Holcim (US), Inc. Professor of Sustainable Enterprise
John H. Mitchell Professor in Business Ethics
Professor of Management and Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations
John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management
Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations, Ross
Professor of Political Science, Professor of Complex Systems, Professor of Economics, LS&A
William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
Associate Dean for Executive and Corporate Relations
Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
A.F. Thurnau Professor
Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organizations
Professor of Strategy
Mary C Bromage Collegiate Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy
Stephen M Ross School of Business and Professor of Public Policy
Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Learn more about the faculty and research contributions of the management and organazations area at Michigan Ross.

Recent Management and Organizations Placements

Mijeong Kwon, 2022
University of Colorado, Denver

Laura Sonday, 2021
University of North Carolina

Eun Woo Kim, 2020
University of Nottingham, Ningbo China

Lindsey Cameron, 2019
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Teddy Dewitt, 2019
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Cassandra Chambers, 2018    
Bocconi University

Chen Zhang, 2018
Tsinghua University

Lyndon Garrett, 2017
Boston College

Ashley Hardin, 2017
Washington University

Yong Hyun Ki, 2017
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Maddy Ong, 2016
Singapore Management University

Matt Karlesky, 2015
Suffolk University

Suntae Kim, 2015
Boston College

Chris Myers, 2015
Harvard University

Current Management & Organizations PhD Students

Join the next generation of research scholars preparing to solve the most complex issues facing the fields of management and organizations. 

Kat Bae

Katherine (Kat) Bae

Christina Bradley

Christina Bradley

Manjari (Manju) Ganti

Manjari (Manju) Ganti

Devin Kilpatrick

Devin Kilpatrick

Sukanya Roy

Sukanya Roy

Zoe Schwingel-Sauer

Zoe Schwingel-Sauer

Alaina Segura

Alaina Segura

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