Organization Management Concentration

Ph.D. in Management

The doctoral program in Organization Management offers preparation for research and teaching careers in four major areas: entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, organization theory, and strategic management. In addition to formal course work, students engage in independent study and research with faculty and other graduate students.

The program is managed by the Department of Management and Global Business. With broad faculty expertise, elective courses and student dissertations address cross-disciplinary topics such as business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and management of technology and innovation. OM students occasionally minor in International Business.

Students who emphasize the area of entrepreneurship have the opportunity to work with The Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development (RAISED) and The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED).


Additional enrollments may be required:

  • Students are sometimes required to enroll in non-degree courses to improve their English or their writing. They may also need to enroll in the non-degree course Teacher Training Seminar as part of their preparation for teaching. These enrollments require payment of tuition, but they do not count towards the 72 credits required for the degree.
  • Students must enroll in 26:620:689 every semester until they have defended a dissertation proposal. This registration requires their attendance in the Management & Global Business department's weekly seminar. A grade is given, but the enrollment is for zero credits and no tuition is charged.

Full-time students are expected to take at least three courses for degree credit each semester during the first two years. They must then take the qualifying examination at the end of their second academic year. During the last two years, they work mainly on their dissertation, but they may wish to take additional methodology courses during their third and fourth years and may be asked to do so by their adviser and doctoral coordinator.

Within a year after passing the qualifying examination, the student should defend a dissertation proposal.

Course Information

Foundation/methodology requirement (4 courses)

Students should take these two courses in the first year:

  • 26:620:557 Social Science Research Methods
  • 26:960:577 Statistical Linear Models

In addition, they should take at least two other doctoral-level methodology or statistics courses. Students may consider the following and can consider other potential options with the approval of their adviser:

  • 26:630:685 Special Topics in Marketing: Experimental Methods
  • 26:830:545 Behavioral Science Research Design
  • 26:630:670 Multivariate Analysis
  • 16:545:617 Multivariate Theory and Research
  • 26:960:575 Probability

Excellent statistics and methodology courses are also available to our students in Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, SMLR, and SCILS at Rutgers-New Brunswick, in Psychology at Rutgers-Newark, and in Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science at NJIT.

Major (5 courses)

  • 26:620:555 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • 26:620:556 Seminar in Organization Theory
  • 26:620:558 Seminar in Strategic Management

And two of the following courses:

  • 26:620:661 Business Ethics
  • 26:620:675 Topics in Business Strategy
  • 26:620:677 Culture and Organizations

Please note: Based on demand, elective courses in other areas (e.g., Entrepreneurship, Managing Innovation and Technology) may also occasionally be offered. If offered, students may take one or more of these additional courses to help fulfill their two-course elective requirement noted above.

Minor (3 courses)

  • Three courses approved by the adviser, the doctoral coordinator, and the doctoral director.

Early Research (2 courses)

  • 26:620:686 First Early Research Seminar in Organization Management
  • 26:620:687 Second Early Research Seminar in Organization Management

First early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Full-time students should prepare for the early research requirement by taking Statistical Linear Models and Research Methods in the first year. Then they write a paper (usually a literature review) with a faculty member.

Second early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Write a paper (ideally a dissertation proposal) with a faculty member.

Other rules and requirements: For details of rules and requirements that apply to all doctoral students in RBS, see Policies and Procedures.

Course Descriptions

26:620:555 - Seminar in Organizational Behavior

Spring 2010 and every second spring thereafter.
Survey of theory and empirical research about the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Typical topics include motivation, socialization, job design, satisfaction, performance, leadership, group norms, and decision-making processes.

26:620:556 - Seminar in Organization Theory

Fall 2010 and every second fall thereafter.
Survey of theory and empirical research about the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Typical topics include models or organizations (e.g., theories of bureaucracy and closed, open, and natural systems), effects of technology, environment, power and decision-making, and organizational culture.

26:620:557 - Social Science Research Methods

Every Spring or Fall.
Surveys methods used in the study of organizations, including experimental design, survey research, case methods, questionnaire and interview construction, and scaling techniques. Students expected to design feasible research projects that are carried out later.

26:620:558 - Seminar in Strategic Management

Every other year.
This seminar introduces the field of strategy at the Ph.D. level. It critically reviews a wide variety of approaches to strategy research, including both behavioral and economic approaches, and the relation of other areas of research to strategy formulation and implementation.

26:620:604 - Seminar in Leadership and Group Processes

Not currently offered.
Important theories and empirical studies of leadership and group process. Key theoretical and methodological issues in transformational leadership, empowerment, and self-managing teams.

26:620:660 - Qualitative Research Methods

Students may substitute 26:834:609 which is offered every spring.
Emphasizes issues of eliciting, analyzing, and representing verbal data in qualitative research. The topics considered are definition and evaluation of qualitative research; methods of eliciting data from individuals and groups; methods of analyzing verbal data; issues of representing narratives; and new research directions using feminist, historical, and aesthetic methods.

26:620:661 - Business Ethics

26:620:662 - Event Data in Social Science

Spring 2016 and every second spring thereafter.
How categorical and event data, event count data and continuous time series data can be analyzed to answer research questions in organization management and international business. Problems in economics, marketing, political science, sociology and other areas will also be considered. The goal of the course is for students to leave with a toolbox of methods that they can apply to their own research. Students will be trained to use a variety of statistical programs for particular types of data.

26:620:664 - Econometrics for Social Science

Spring 2009 and every second spring thereafter.
This course focuses on the fundamental research design issues that arise in many social science contexts. Particular emphasis is given to applications in management and public policy. For example, topics covered in detail are self-selected samples, endogeneity problems and state dependence and heterogeneity. The first half of the course focuses on research design. The second half of the course illustrates the research design topics in the context of basic panel data econometrics. Using a micro panel dataset on Canadian multinational firms, students are introduced to STATA and learn panel data econometric techniques.

26:620:671 - Management of Innovation and Technology

Fall 2006 and every second fall thereafter.
Examines individual, structural, and contextual factors that facilitate and inhibit the generation and implementation of new technology. Emphasizes the management of innovation in organizations.

26:620:675 - Advanced Topics in Strategic Management

Spring 2016 and every second spring after.
This seminar is designed for doctoral students who expect to conduct research in the strategy area. It surveys and critically evaluates contemporary research in the strategy field, reanalyzing, reframing, and extending traditional approaches and theories.

26:620:677 - Culture and Organizations

Spring 2009 and every second spring thereafter.
This course draws on the cross-cultural psychology literature on national and ethnic cultures and on the management literature on culture in organizations. Major topics include the content and manifestations of culture, cultural similarities and differences, the transmission of culture, culture and subculture, culture change, leadership and culture, and managing organizational culture.

26:620:685 - Entrepreneurship

26:620:685 - Special Topics in Organization Management

Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior


Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Institutional Knowledge

Research Design

Survey Research

26:620:701 - Teacher Training Seminar

  • 26:620:688 Independent Study in Organization Management
  • 26:620:799 Dissertation Research in Organization Management

Please note: Links to recent syllabi are provided where possible. In some cases, the link goes to the web site for the individual faculty member, where the syllabus is maintained. In other cases, the link allows you to download the syllabus. Other syllabi are available in the Program Office.

These syllabi are provided as information to potential applicants. They should also help current students make their individual study plans. But they are subject to change. Students should not buy books or make other plans related to a course until they have confirmed with the instructor that they have an up-to-date syllabus for the semester in which they are taking the course.

Also, please note that not all courses listed under “Course Descriptions” above are regularly offered. Such courses are listed because they have been offered in the past and may be offered again at some point in the future.