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Organisational Behavior, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Cleveland Heights, OH, United States
Weatherhead's PhD in organizational behavior was the first of its kind. Graduating our first PhD students in 1964, our department set the standard for universities worldwide. United by a passion for generating new knowledge of enduring consequence through scholarly research, inquiry, and writing as well as deeply reflective practice.
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Recipients of our PhD in organizational behavior have taken positions in leading universities and research institutions such as the London School of Business, Columbia University, Stanford University and the Naval Post-Graduate School.

Organizational behavior is a vital and growing field of knowledge that is concerned with human and developmental processes across levels of analysis from individuals and groups through organizations, inter-organizational systems and societies. The academic roots of the field span the disciplines of individual and social psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and social philosophy. Organizational behavior situates the knowledge and tools of those disciplines in the context of the human dimensions of organizational life.

We approach the study of organizational behavior from the perspective of human possibility, with a special concern for the dynamics and processes of development and for creating new knowledge of individual, group and organizational processes of learning, development and transformation.

Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to: (1) conduct the highest quality research and teaching in the field and sub-fields of organizational behavior, and (2) become leading scholars in careers as researchers and educators at the top levels of their specializations and in high-impact areas of society.

Our vision is clear: to be a world-class center of doctoral education—known for our bold ideas, our powerful learning community, and our commitment to value-driven knowledge for the betterment of organizations and the greater good. All of this is in clear and strong alignment with the aim of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University "to develop transformational ideas and outstanding leaders for the betterment of business and society," and through this environment to have a transformational impact on all who teach, learn, discover and work here, so they are prepared and engaged to advance knowledge and serve humanity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Behavior Research Seminar
  • Organizational Behavior Dynamic Modules
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Advanced Statistics: Linear Models

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • The desire to study questions and design inquiries that have a positive impact on the world
  • The ability to articulate well thought out questions and hypotheses that align with ongoing research in the department
  • The desire and ability to acquire rigorous research and statistical knowledge and skills, including quantitative statistics skills applied during research
  • The desire to work with individuals, groups, organizations, and/or communities who are interested in research-driven change.
  • Previously demonstrated academic competence as evidenced by grade transcripts and GRE/GMAT test scores
  • Must be within 3 years
  • Previous research experience, publications or scholarship

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