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Faculty-student collaboration on research is the cornerstone of the Ph.D. in Management program. Doctoral students have the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers who have expertise in a variety of areas encompassed by organizational behavior, strategic management and human resource management.



Organizational Behavior

For students interested in specializing in organizational behavior, our faculty have expertise in the following research areas, among others:

  • Conflict and negotiation
  • Decision making
  • International organization behavior
  • Leadership
  • Mood and emotion
  • Motivation
  • Organizational justice
  • Power and status
  • Proactive behavior
  • Stress and well-being
  • Team decision-making and performance

Strategic Management

For students interested in specializing in strategic management, our faculty have expertise in the following research areas, among others:

  • Competitive dynamics
  • Executive compensation and corporate governance
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Organizational learning and change
  • Resources and capabilities
  • Risk taking and risk management
  • Strategic decision making

Human Resource Management

For students interested in specializing in human resource management, our faculty have expertise in the following research areas, among others:

  • Career development
  • International human resource management
  • Job analysis and design
  • Organizational socialization
  • Selection


Below are some recent publications that have resulted from collaborations between faculty and doctoral students, with current Ph.D. students’ and graduates’ names in bold.

Arrfelt, M., Wiseman, R.M., McNamara, G., Hult, G. T. M. (2015). Examining a key corporate role: the influence of capital allocation competency on business unit performance. Strategic Management Journal, 36, 1017-1034.

Firth, B., Hollenbeck, J.R., Ilgen, D.R., Barnes, C.M., and Miles, J. (2015). Same page, different books. Extending representational gaps theory to enhance performance in multiteam systems. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 813-835.

Johnson, R. E., King, D. D., Lin, S.-H., Scott, B. A., Jackson Walker, E. M., & Wang, M. (2017). Regulatory focus trickle-down: How leader regulatory focus shapes follower regulatory focus and behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 140, 29-45.

Kolev, K., Wiseman, R.M., Gomez-Mejia, L.R. (2017). Do CEOs ever lose? Fairness perspective on the allocation of residuals between CEOs and shareholders. Journal of Management, Vol. 43 No. 2, 610-637.

Koopman, J.Lanaj, K., & Scott, B. A. (2016). Integrating the bright and dark sides of OCB. A daily investigation of the benefits and costs of helping others. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 414-435.

Lanaj, K. and Hollenbeck, J.R. (2015). Leadership over emergence in self-managing teams. The role of gender and countervailing biases. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 1476-1494.

Lanaj, K., Johnson, R. E., & Lee, S. (2016). Benefits of transformational behavior for leaders: A daily investigation of leader behavior and need fulfillment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101.2, 237-251.

Mannor, M., Shamsie, J., & Conlon, D.E. (2016). Does experience help or hinder top managers? Working with different types of resources in Hollywood. Strategic Management Journal, 37, 1330-1340.

Matta, F.K., Scott, B. A., Colquitt, J. A., Koopman, J., & Passantino, L. (2017). Is consistently fair better than sporadically fair? An investigation of justice variability and stress. Academy of Management Journal, 60, 743-770.

Rosen, C. C., Koopman, J., Gabriel-Rossetti, A. S., & Johnson, R. E. (2016). Who strikes back? A daily investigation of when and why incivility begets incivility. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101.11, 1620-1634 .

Schaubroeck, J. M., Peng, A. C., & Hannah, S. T. (2016). The role of peer respect in linking abusive supervision to follower outcomes: Dual moderation of group potency. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101.2, 267-278.

Wowak, A., Mannor, M.Arrfelt, M., & McNamara, G. (2016). Earthquake or glacier? How CEO charisma manifests in firm strategy over time. Strategic Management Journal. 37, 586-603.

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Jennifer Nahrgang

  • Associate Professor
  • W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Fully prepared

After working in the corporate world for five years, Michigan State University was a new beginning for me both personally and professionally. I realize now the strong foundation that Michigan State provided for me to have a bright career as a professor. As a new professor, I feel fully prepared to face the challenges of research, teaching and earning tenure due to my mentoring and education at Michigan State. Michigan State takes the preparation and mentoring of its doctoral students seriously and continues to produce leading scholars in the field on a consistent basis. The network of successful Michigan State alumni is second to none, and one in which you can join as well!

Although earning a Ph.D. was extremely intense and intellectually challenging, the culture of Michigan State also made it very fun as well. Over my five years at Michigan State, I developed life-long friendships with both faculty and students. Due to the collegial atmosphere, I always felt extremely supported by the faculty and fellow students at Michigan State as I worked through classes, research projects and the dissertation process. I am certain you will have as many Spartans cheering for your success as I had (and still have) cheering for me.

There is no doubt that I made a great decision when I chose to earn my Ph.D. at Michigan State, and I certainly have no regrets. Go Green! Go White!


Dr. Nahrhang’s current research interests focus on leadership processes and their development over time, leadership in teams, and team processes and performance.

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