Organizational Behavior & Management
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education
This concentration encompasses research, scholarship, and practice involving the structure and dynamics of postsecondary educational organizations. Students and faculty in this concentration explore and research the administration, governance, management, leadership, organizational strategy, planning and budgeting, and institutional research and assessment of postsecondary educational organizations. This concentration attracts developing scholars and practitioners who will make significant contributions to postsecondary education institutions as administrators and leaders, members of the professoriate, training and development professionals, or expert consultants.
The faculty members associated with the Organizational Behavior and Management concentration seek to develop important leadership capacities in students. Students completing a doctorate in higher education with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Management will:
- Make a significant positive difference in the organizations they lead or contribute to our scholarly understanding of these organizations.
- Understand postsecondary education institutions as complex organizations--their socio-political, economic, and global context as well as their internal dynamics and functioning.
- Possess leadership skills that are conceptually grounded as well as refined and relevant to practice.
- Have a professional bearing and ethical understanding that distinguishes them in the organizations they lead, the community, and the profession as a whole.
- Possess a strategic perspective and a capacity to see the larger picture--that enables them to effectively understand postsecondary education, to anticipate change, and to inspire others to higher performance.
- Possess superior analytical and critical thinking skills that enable them to lead and guide organizations through change by simultaneously visualizing postsecondary education and the organization from inside and outside.
Students in this concentration are preparing for higher and postsecondary education careers such as: a) executive level positions in college and university management, b) teaching and research in the area of organizational dynamics in postsecondary education, c) training and development in profit or non-profit organizations, and/or d) management consulting. Students who focus in Organizational Behavior and Management often pursue careers in administration, including academic affairs, administration and finance, planning, institutional advancement, student affairs, or external relations. Others pursue faculty positions in a higher education program or positions in a research center or organization. Individuals interested in training and development or consulting careers will transfer skills in organizational strategy and functioning, management and governance, planning and resource allocation, human resource management, and institutional research/assessment in the postsecondary sector to a diverse array of business-related venues.
Profiles of student and alumni ambassadors who have participated in the higher education programs provide additional information about who fits in a program and what they might do after graduating.
Courses in the Concentration
Courses in the concentration are grouped into three categories: 1) those devoted to consideration of the external context or environment in which postsecondary education institutions operate; 2) those that span boundaries between institutions and the external environment; 3) and those that focus on the internal contexts of postsecondary education. All address the competencies that practitioners need to successfully manage and lead institutions. Students in this concentration are required to take three advanced courses, at least one from each of the external context, boundary spanning, and internal context categories.
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