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Sample Schedules: Management Specialization

Sample Schedules for Ph.D. Students: Organizational Behavior Specialization

Each student is required to complete 60 credits of Graduate work. For students with a Masters degree transfer credits can be provided. For students who do not have a Masters degree and are unable to obtain transfer credits, selected MBA classes can be taken to earn an en-route MBA.

Below is a sample outline for full-time students to complete the PhD program over three years, or six semesters (not including dissertation requirements). Courses offered vary by semester. Students meet with their academic area coordinator to discuss their course schedules.


Special topics seminars vary. Samples include:

Special Topics in Management: Dynamics of Competition, Industry Structure and Corporate Strategy – Prakash Sethi

The primary focus of this seminar is to develop an understanding, amongst the students, of a company’s external competitive environment, which largely determines the constraints and opportunities to develop a viable corporate strategy. These external competitive factors include, among others,

  • A definition of relevant markets, i.e., international, regional and national; emerging economies, high growth economies, and mature economies;
  • Industry structure, concentration within the industry, and intensity of competition within and between industries;
  • Regulatory environment (national – host country and home country, regional and global – that defines the parameters within which industry members compete with each other;
  • The nature of risk – financial, environmental, and socio-political – that would impact industry members’ cost of capital, risk adjusted profitability, and ability to conduct business operations in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

Special Topics in Management: Personality in Organizations – Stephan Dilchert

The influence of personality variables on work attitudes and behaviors has been well established empirically. In applied organizational settings, measurement of personality is becoming more prevalent than ever. Frameworks informed by personality traits provide an important avenue for understanding, explaining, and predicting individual and team behaviors. In this seminar, we start out by learning about prevalent personality theories and the basics of reliable personality measurement. We then discuss issues of validity – construct-validity (convergent and divergent) and criterion-related validity for a variety of criteria. Finally, we address concerns about social desirability, utility, cross-cultural applications, and the potential adverse impact of personality measures at work.

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