Management

Wharton’s PhD program in Management is flexible and interdisciplinary, applying rigorous social science theory and research methods to management problems. It offers specializations in Entrepreneurship, Human and Social Capital, Multinational Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Theory, and Strategy.

Overview

Wharton’s Management program prepares students to apply rigorous social science disciplinary theory and research methods to the demands of current management and leadership challenges in the public and private sectors. Our faculty has a broad range of interests ranging from the behavior of individuals, teams and groups to organizational strategy of multinational firms. Major areas of faculty research currently include: new venture formation, growth, and corporate entrepreneurship; human resources and competitiveness; emotions, identity, creativity and motivation; political and social influence strategies; technology and practice adoption, diffusion, and transfer within and across organizations; organizational learning and adaptation; and the strategic management of complementary resources and capabilities within an organization, alliance, network or ecosystems.

Each student draws on the faculty’s diverse expertise and varied interests to develop a program uniquely suited to his or her interests frequently spanning the formal specializations noted above. The program encourages students to gain research experience by working closely with multiple faculty on a variety of projects beginning with a research assistantship assignment in the first year with the hope of entering the job market in year 4 or 5 with multiple research papers in the publication pipeline.

Sample Schedule

Years 1 and 2
  • Coursework
  • Examination
  • Research Assistantship(s)
YEAR 1

Fall: MGMT 900 – Economic Foundations of Research in Management; MGMT subfield or social science or free electives; Statistics

Spring: MGMT 933 – Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Research in Management; MGMT 953 – Research Methods; MGMT subfield or social science or free electives; Statistics

Summer: First-Year Examination, Summer methods workshops, Research

YEAR 2

Fall: Management subfield or social science or free electives; Methods courses; Research Paper development

Spring: Management subfield or social science or free electives; Methods courses; Research Paper development

Summer: Qualifying Examination in subfields(s), Summer methods workshops, Research

Year 3
  • Directed Reading & Research
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Formulation of Dissertation
  • Teaching assistantship

 

Research paper presentations

Dissertation Proposal development

Any remaining coursework

Teaching Assistantship

Years 4 and 5
  • Continued Research
  • Dissertation development
  • Dissertation defense

 

Dissertation proposal defense

Dissertation development and defense

Course Requirements

Management

All students are required to take 3 management courses in the first year (2 core foundations courses and 1 research methods course).
MGMT 900 Economic Foundations of Research in Management
MGMT 933 Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Research in Management
MGMT 953 Research Methods

Subfield Specializations

Students must take at least four credit units from the half-unit subfield specializations:
MGMT 918 Personnel Economics A (0.5 cu)
MGMT 919 Personnel Economics B (0.5 cu)
MGMT 920 Seminar in Human Resources Research (0.5 cu)
MGMT 925 Seminar in Corporate Strategy (0.5 cu)
MGMT 926 Corporate Transactions & Strategy (0.5 cu)
MGMT 932 Special Topics in Management (0.5 cu)
MGMT 935 Network Theory & Applications (0.5 cu)
MGMT 937 Entrepreneurship Research Seminar (0.5 cu)
MGMT 938 Family Business Research (0.5 cu)
MGMT 951 Seminar in Micro-Organizational Behavior (0.5 cu)
MGMT 952 Seminar in Macro-Organizational Behavior (0.5 cu)
MGMT 955 Foundations in Multinational Management (0.5 cu)
MGMT 957 Seminar in Emotions in Organizations (0.5 cu)
MGMT 958 Advanced Topics in Macro-Organizational Theory (0.5 cu)
MGMT 960 Institutions and Multinational Management (0.5 cu)
MGMT 961 Advanced Topics in Micro-Organizational Behavior (0.5 cu)
MGMT 962 Multinational Firms Global Econ A (0.5 cu)
MGMT 963 Multinational Firms Global Econ B (0.5 cu)
MGMT 970 Applied Methods for Management Research (1 cu)

Other

Additionally, students must choose:
A two-course statistics sequence
Two additional research methods courses
A two-course social science sequence
3 free electives

Get the Details.

Visit the Management website for details on program requirements and courses. Read faculty and student research and bios to see what you can do with a Management PhD.

Contact

Management Program Doctoral Coordinator
Prof. Matthew Bidwell
Associate Professor of Management
Email: mbidwell@wharton.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-0401

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