The mission of the Ph.D. program in Management is to prepare students to conduct cutting-edge research as a foundation for them to become productive scholars who shape both the academic profession and the practice of management through their excellence in research, teaching, and service.
The Ph.D. program in Management prepares students to combine rigorous theories with robust research methodologies to advance current thinking about management issues facing organizations in the private and public sectors, including both entrepreneurial ventures and established companies. A distinctive feature of the program is the many collaboration opportunities it offers for Ph.D. students to learn directly from the department’s world-class faculty.
The Management faculty publish regularly in the most prestigious academic journals in the field, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. Many of the faculty members serve on the editorial boards of these journals, and some have editorial leadership positions. A unique strength of the department is its breadth of expertise across several units of analysis, from individuals, to groups, to organizations, to the social environment surrounding organizations.
This breadth of expertise enables our doctoral students to explore research interests comprising a wide range of rich topics. Management research frequently builds on contributions of diverse disciplines from psychology, economics, and sociology , to communications, political science, and anthropology. Through research collaborations with our faculty, students have the opportunity to expand their understanding of management and build knowledge in related disciplines.
The program focuses on establishing a solid conceptual and methodological foundation that graduates can build on throughout their careers. The vast majority of the program experiences are designed to develop the students' research abilities, and to prepare them to communicate their research to a variety of audiences.
The demand for skilled educators with a solid foundation in research is strong, and doctoral graduates from The University of Texas at Austin have enjoyed considerable placement success over the years.
If you aspire to a career as a management educator and researcher, a doctoral degree from the Texas McCombs Department of Management will give you the foundation for success.
Our application deadline for Management is December 15th.
Areas of Specialization
The doctoral program in Management provides an opportunity for specialized study in one or more of the following areas:
Encompasses a wide variety of topics at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Current faculty research interests include but are not limited to:
- ethical decision making, ethical dilemmas in organizations
- diversity and inclusion in groups and organizations
- emotions, identity, and creativity
- organizational identification processes
- cultures in organizations and work/family issues
- organizational adaptability and learning
- virtual communities
Broadly speaking, strategy research focuses primarily on firm conduct and firm performance. It comprises both theories explaining reasons that some firms achieve sustainable superior performance and theories that focus on firm boundaries and firm growth. . Major areas of faculty research currently include:
- corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, and alliances
- competitive strategy
- technology strategy and innovation
- technology entrepreneurship
- organizational learning and adaptation
- business platforms and ecosystems
- corporate governance and strategic leadership