University of Southern California


Research topics include the study of groups and individuals and how they affect and are affected by the organization; the effects of organizational structure and environmental demands on behavior; the study of strategic and organizational change; and corporate boards and top management teams.

Community Learning

The MOR Ph.D. program is based on the belief that preparing for a career in academia involves considerable participation, interaction and responsibility. You will:

  • Interact with faculty frequently and intensely, developing your knowledge and research skills and eventually getting published in top academic journals.
  • Hone your teaching skills through faculty instruction and as a teaching assistant (possibly teaching your own course). Be actively involved in our distinguished speaker series, brown-bag sessions and special-topic groups.

MOR Faculty

Our faculty members and doctoral students publish in the most selective and prestigious top-tier journals, including:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Management Science
  • Organization Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Sloan Management Review
  • Strategic management Journal

In addition, the Center for Effective Organizations, headed by Professor Ed Lawler, is one of the world’s leading institutes for applied management research.

Learn More

Explore the Management and Organization department to learn more about current research and faculty activities.