Ph.D. Program


The Management and Organizations doctoral curriculum is multidisciplinary, with a core focus on individuals and groups in organizations and work settings, the utilization of human resources, and the economic and social environment impinging on organizations and human resources. UCLA’s faculty in Management and Organizations spans this broad range--from micro to macro--and represents diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The program emphasizes both depth of specialization as well as breadth of conceptualization. In addition to its distinguished faculty in the Anderson School, the Management and Organizations doctoral program is engaged with UCLA’s other top-ranked programs in economics, education, psychology, and sociology. Location in a vibrant city and business community creates additional opportunities for study and research.

The program emphasizes the development of rigorous theory and empirical research on the aforementioned core topics, especially as they are influenced by rapid organizational change and globalization. The program develops breadth of student knowledge through study of a variety of disciplinary specialties and depth of student knowledge through intensively focused research in an area of particular interest to the student. The program’s main objective is to develop outstanding scholars who can contribute to high-level theoretical and empirical research in their respective specialized areas.

The Management and Organizations major field exam requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of and ability to integrate extant research from the area’s three main fields: micro-organizational behavior, human resource management, and labor markets. The Management and Organizations field examination, which must be taken by the end of the student’s second year in the program, goes well beyond material covered in core doctoral courses. Students should consult with area faculty to learn more about the examination content, structure, and process.

Each student must also satisfy the research paper requirement of the Doctoral Program. Fulfillment of this requirement is achieved by a student submitting an original research paper to the director of the Ph.D. program, who will determine if the paper is approved. As a general rule, the paper should demonstrate the student’s ability to produce empirical research of such quality that it can be published in a leading journal in the field. Faculty appraisal of the research paper is equivalent to peer review of a manuscript submitted to a leading journal. The research paper requirement must be satisfied by the end of a student’s third year in the program.

No later than the end of the Fall Quarter of the fourth year in the program, each student must advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. For this purpose a student prepares a dissertation prospectus and presents it to a dissertation committee consisting of two Anderson School faculty members and one faculty member from outside the school. The committee must formally approve the student’s dissertation prospectus for the student to advance to candidacy and proceed to complete the dissertation. Prior to the dissertation committee meeting, the student has an opportunity to present the dissertation prospectus to the Management and Organizations colloquium.

Ph.D. Courses

Core Courses

259A. Individual and Groups in Organizations
259B. Advanced Studies in Human Resource Management
259C. Labor Markets and Public Policy

Other Doctoral Courses

258. Collquium in HROB
299M. Seminar in Research Methodology

Elective Courses

252. Systems of Employee-Management Participation
253. International Political Economy
255. Comparative Industrial Relations
281B. People in Organizations
282. Task Group Processes
284C. Managing Entrepreneurial Organizations
285A. Leadership, Motivation, & Power
285B. Managerial Interpersonal Communication
286. Negotiations Behavior
290. Organization Theory
298D. Compensation Systems