Management and Organizations

The Management and Organizations (M&O) PhD program at Johnson offers a broad-based program of study for students interested in research careers. Faculty research interests are wide and varied and include topics such as diversity in organizations, creativity in teams, organizational leadership, status and power in teams and organizations, individual and collective decision making, negotiation and conflict management, industry evolution, organizational culture, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and corporate environmental policy. Doctoral training involves close collaboration with faculty members on shared research interests, coursework in Johnson and across Cornell’s campus, and independent research activities.

Johnson is part of a thriving community of world-class management scholars at Cornell University. Faculty and students work closely with colleagues in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the School of Hotel Administration, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as faculty in the departments of sociology and psychology in the College of Arts and Science. More than twenty Cornell faculty members are affiliated with the management field.

Johnson supports scholarly activity of M&O faculty and students. For instance, faculty and students have access to the Johnson Business Simulation Laboratory to conduct experiments, as well as a participant pool for experimental research. Funding is available to support student research projects and travel to national and international conferences. Johnson also is the home to the internationally-recognized academic journal, Administrative Science Quarterly.

Our goal is to train students to become highly skilled and innovative researchers, preparing them for careers at leading educational institutions and for careers where advanced research and analytical capabilities are required. Recent alumni have been placed in top-tier academic institutions for post-doctoral positions and tenure-track faculty positions, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Texas, the University of California, McGill University, KAIST (Korea), SKK (Korea), and Carnegie Mellon University.


Recent PhD alumni, dissertation titles and initial placement

  • “Movin’ On Up: A Theoretical Model of Power Change,” Chad Proell, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • “Playing Favorites: Selective Mentoring and the Cultivation of Rivalry and Disaffection within Teams and Organizations,” Oliver Sheldon, University of Chicago
  • “The Politics of Speaking Out: Responses to Voice in Organizations,” Ethan Burris, University of Texas
  • “The Ingroup Secure Base: An Attachment-Exploration Model of Intergroup Relations,” Sujin Lee, Northwestern University
  • “Give Me Some Credit: Explaining Subordinates’ Justice-Based Responses to Managers’ Credit Behavior”  Matthew Rodgers, SKK
  • “The Team Exchange Contract in Autonomous Work Groups: Behavior and Work Strategies for Sustainable Performance,”  Kristin Behfar, University of California, Irvine
  • “Competition Among Experts: The Origins and Outcomes of Service Strategies in the Management Consulting Industry,”  Robert David, McGill University