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Emphasis in Management and Organization

Program Overview

The Management & Organization Ph.D. program aims to develop scholars who will contribute to the advancement of knowledge through leading edge research that changes the way people think about organizations and the way they are managed. With world-renowned faculty, the program is uniquely positioned to prepare you to conduct research that advances knowledge about a wide array of management issues. Collegial relationships and the opportunity to work on coauthored research that is published in the very best management journals are hallmarks of the program.


You will begin by being exposed to a wide range of management literature, research methods, and faculty interactions. Every student takes seminars in Organizational Behavior, Organizational Theory, Strategic Management, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Statistics, Advanced Analytical Skills and a colloquium that prepares you for academic life. After the first year, you will take a candidacy exam that covers the content of the first year core seminars. You can then specialize by taking elective seminars in the department as well as courses in a supporting field, within or outside the college.

Areas of Study

The program focuses on the following areas of study:

  • Strategic Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Theory
  • International Business
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship

About the Management and Organization Department

The Smeal Management and Organization Department is focused on shaping management knowledge and practice for the twenty-first century. With teaching and research centered on providing leaders and managers with the knowledge and skills to tackle today’s business challenges, our faculty are at the leading edge of research and practices that address development of new organizational design as well as firms’ strategies and management processes, including new methods of performance management, talent management, entrepreneurship, and ethical leadership. The department ranks in the top 10 for research productivity worldwide, and Smeal management faculty members are current and former Associate Editors at the Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review, the two highest impact journals in the management field.

Learn more about the Smeal Management and Organization Department.

For more information on the Smeal Ph.D. Emphasis in Management and Organization, contact:

Stephen Humphrey, Ph.D.
Professor of Management and Organization
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
439 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-0597