Management Department Ph.D. Program Coordinator
The Ph.D. Program in Management in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut prepares students to conduct high quality, state-of-the-art research and to assume faculty positions at leading universities. It is a full-time program and is designed for superior students who are highly committed to scholarly research and teaching. The program emphasizes student/faculty interaction, flexibility in designing a program to meet individual needs, and timely completion of the degree. Graduates have accepted faculty positions at institutions such as Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Management Ph.D. Program has two broad areas of focus, organizational behavior and strategic management, and one specific area of specialization that bridges these two areas of focus, entrepreneurship, in which the Management Department has built a core competency and international research reputation. Research on organizational behavior examines issues pertaining to the attraction, retention, management, and performance of people in organizations that arise at the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels. Research on strategic management examines issues pertaining to the establishment and implementation of a strategic direction for the organization that is compatible with its external environment. Research on entrepreneurship examines issues pertaining to the creation of new firms that provide new products and services for the market; entrepreneurship is at the heart of sustainable regional and national growth as well as organizational performance.
The Management faculty have a wide range of research interests, including entrepreneurship, innovation, interorganizational partnerships and networks, multinational corporations, family firms, small and mid-size firms, venture capitalists, corporate governance, corporate diversification, mergers and acquisitions, top management teams, team processes and effectiveness in general, leadership, creativity, mentoring, learning processes, gender and diversity in the workplace, work and family, telecommuting and virtual work, managerial ethics, cross-cultural behavior, employee attachment to organizations, and training effectiveness.
The Management Ph.D. Program exposes students to broad areas, but also provides ample course work to concentrate on one area. The curriculum is intended to prepare students to conduct original research; i.e., to explain phenomena previously not well understood and then to test proposed explanations empirically. Its mission is to prepare students to be the best in the field and place them in top research universities.
Procedures for Meeting the Management Ph.D. Program Requirements
(subject to change)
- Committee Structure
- Academic Standards (PDF)
- Qualifying Paper
- General Exam
- Dissertation Proposal
- Dissertation Defense
Doctoral student Nicole Jones, who won “Best Student Paper in Track” at the Southern Management Association held Nov 5 to 13, 2013 in New Orleans, La. Nicole’s paper titled “Organizational Inclusion: A Valuable Byproduct of Ethical and Politically Skilled Leadership” was presented in the Ethics/Soc/Div: Organizational Issues: Ethical Leadership and Diversity Climate Session.
Dr. Kim Eddleston (’01 PhD) was program chair of the Careers Division of the 2013 Academy of Management Meeting.