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Organizational Behaviour


The doctoral program in Organizational Behaviour is designed to train students for an academic career with an emphasis on research. The field of OB focuses on understanding the behaviour of individuals, groups and organizations. This field uses theory and methods from a wide variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, statistics and economics.

The research of our faculty and doctoral students reflects a wide range of interests, including: leadership, personnel selection, gender and diversity in the workplace, discrimination and prejudice, expatriate management, goal-setting, group learning and team processes, errors, high performance work systems, and organizational mindfulness.

Doctoral students take the full spectrum of PhD Foundation courses and Organizational Behaviour Special Field offerings. Courses offered by other non-business programs such as economics, psychology, statistics and sociology may be taken to augment the student’s knowledge of both methods and substantive areas. Other aspects of the program are tailored to fit the student’s own research, teaching and professional interests.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Leadership
  • Personnel selection
  • Gender and diversity in the workplace
  • Discrimination and prejudice
  • Expatriate management
  • Goal-setting
  • Group learning and team processes
  • Errors
  • High performance work systems
  • Organizational mindfulness

Post-graduate Opportunities

The doctoral program in Organizational Behaviour is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers in organizational behavior at top business schools. Typical courses in the first two years are listed below.

Program Requirements

Students have program requirements, put into place by the PhD office, and discipline requirements, which are governed by the student’s respective area group. On a case by case basis, some students may be able to waive out of particular required courses or substitute others. Such a course of action must be approved by the PhD director

All PhD students must complete the following requirements.

Discipline Requirements

All to be completed before the comprehensive exam:

  • Bus 9806 Individual & the Organization
  • Bus 9816 Group Behaviour & Cross-Level Research
  • Bus 9826 Organizational Theory

*If further development is identified in any area, students may be required to take additional courses as requested by the student’s supervisor or the PhD coordinator. PhD students do not formally name their supervisor until they have passed their comprehensive exams. A doctoral student becomes a doctoral candidate only upon passing comps.


Discipline Coordinator

Ann Peng

Ann C. Peng joined the faculty of Richard Ivey School of Business as an Assistant Professor in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Management at Michigan State University and a master degree from Lingnan University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include leadership, justice, work stress, and emotions. Her dissertation examines the vicarious experience of leader abuse in organizations. Her research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Human Relations, Journal of Vocational Behavior, etc. She serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

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