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Organizational Behaviour

The fundamental objective of the Organizational Behavior Area is to train world-class researchers in this field. The term "organizational behavior" refers to a collection of theory and research that focuses on individual and group attitudes, cognitions and behaviours in organizations. The faculty in the Area represent a mix of researchers from a variety of backgrounds. Some take a more cognitive, others a more practice-oriented approach in their research. All strive toward development of greater understanding of personal, interpersonal and organizational processes and thoughtful examination of issues that influence the management of people in complex and evolving organizations.

Current Area Research Topics

  • Career change
  • Changing nature of work and employment
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Identity, identification and identity construction
  • International organizational behavior
  • Leadership
  • Meaning of work
  • Managerial career patterns
  • Networks
  • Organizational change
  • Professional image construction
  • Power in organizations
  • Women as global leaders
  • Women in management

Specialization Requirements

Candidates are typically required to take four to six graduate level courses suited to the candidate's research specialization and needs.



  • Seminar in Behavioral Science
  • Current Topics in Organizational Behavior
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior: Critical Thinking About Behaviorial Research
  • Group Behavior and Processes
  • Approches cliniques d'Ă©tude de la gestion (direction et leadership) et de la dynamique organisationnelle
  • Sciences humaines
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Typical Support Fields

  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology


Doctoral students in the Organizational Behavior area would be considered for funding from a combination of the following:

  • PhD Program Entrance Fellowships
  • Teaching and/or Research Assistantships
  • Graduate Faculty Research Fellowships

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