Work and Organizations

The PhD concentration in the Department of Work and Organizations includes organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational economics, labor relations, and related areas. Students gain a rigorous, multidisciplinary understanding of research questions, theories, empirical methodologies, and analytic approaches across the breadth of the concentration, while pursuing in-depth and focused research within particular domains based on faculty expertise and student interest.

The program provides rich opportunities for research collaboration with world-renowned faculty along with the ability to develop a teaching portfolio in support of rewarding academic careers. Graduates are well-prepared for faculty careers in management, HRIR, and HRM departments at top business schools and industrial and labor relations schools at universities throughout the world.

Message from John Budd, Work and Organizations Department Chair

The Department of Work and Organizations is a vibrant multidisciplinary scholarly community where faculty and PhD students study diverse topics within organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational economics, labor relations and related areas. Our award-winning faculty are recognized experts in a diverse set of areas including work team effectiveness, unemployment emotions in organizational life, social undermining, human capital, employee well-being, organizational socialization, person-environment fit, temporal perception and work transitions, social networks, comparative organizational structure and performance, labor unions, and the employment relationship.

PhD students therefore learn from faculty members who are internationally recognized as leaders in their respective areas of expertise; hold leadership positions in major professional associations in their field (e.g., Academy of Management, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology); and serve in editorial positions at a number of top-tier journals. Our faculty-to-student ratio is small to maximize opportunities for mentorship and collaboration. Students also have the chance to work with leading scholars in related fields such as strategic management, I/O psychology, applied economics, public affairs, and sociology.

PhD Coordinator

Michelle Duffy

Professor Michelle Duffy

Contact Professor Duffy for program questions.

Professor Duffy

Alumni Perspective

KiYoung Lee

"...(The Carlson School of Management) it's exceptional learning climate helped me to explore topics that I really wanted to study, approach faculty members for their thought-provoking feedback, and work with them through various projects.  The professional but collaborative atmosphere among the fellow PhD students also allowed me to conduct student-initiated research with generous support from the leading scholars in our field.  All in all, WOrg is a great intellectual community that allows PhD students to survive and thrive as researchers."

- KiYoung Lee, 2014, SUNY-Buffalo