PhD Program in Management

Coordinator:  Dr. Frances Fabian, ffabian@memphis.edu

Overview

The doctoral program in management is a full-time, four-year, research-oriented program. Intensive research seminars are offered in human resource management, organizational behavior, organization theory, strategic management, research methods, and statistics. The goal of our program is to train students to publish cutting-edge, theory-driven research in premier scholarly journals so that they can obtain research-oriented academic positions at well-regarded universities and colleges. Examples of student placements include Akron, Alabama, Alaska, Brock, Fresno State, Illinois State, Kansas State, Marshall, Mississippi State, New Mexico, North Texas, Ohio, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Rutgers-Camden, South Dakota State, UNC-Charlotte, and UT-Arlington.

Application Requirements

For admission into our program, and to be considered for a graduate assistantship, an applicant must provide evidence of a high likelihood of success in the program.  With respect to recent applicants, this typically includes the following:  (1) GMAT score of 600 or higher or equivalent for the verbal and quantitative score on the GRE; (2) GPA of at least 3.25 in undergraduate studies or in the highest degree attained; and (3) three letters of recommendation attesting to the strengths of the student and likelihood of success in a challenging research-intensive doctoral program. To obtain an application and more information about the requirements and process of applying to our program, please browse the following website (application deadline is February 1st for fall admission only; we do not accept part-time students):

FCBE Doctoral Programs

Department of Management

The Department of Management has close ties to the local business community, which is home to large corporations such as FedEx, AutoZone, and International Paper. Our department also has close ties to the FedEx Institute for Technology located next door to our business college.

The management faculty have research expertise in human resource management, organizational behavior, strategic management, entrepreneurship, and international management. We publish our research in premier scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, and others. Please contact the faculty members listed below to find out more information about their specific programs of research.

PhD Program Faculty (Fall 2017-present)

  • Frances Fabian (Associate Professor & PhD Program Coordinator; PhD 1997, Texas; ffabian@memphis.edu): strategic management, on-line communities, entrepreneurship
  • Kristen P. Jones (Assistant Professor; PhD 2014, George Mason; kpjones4@memphis.edu): subtle and overt discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, stigmas, sexism, diversity training
  • Ben L. Kedia (Professor; PhD 1976, Case Western Reserve; bkedia@memphis.edu): international business strategy, cultural & comparative management
  • Michael Nalick (Assistant Professor; PhD 2016, Texas A&M; mnalick@memphis.edu): top managers, boards of directors, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, corporate misconduct, corporate political activities
  • Charles A. Pierce (Professor, Associate Dean, & Interim Dept Chair; PhD 1995, University at Albany-SUNY; chuck.pierce@memphis.edu): workplace romance, sexual harassment, test bias & discrimination in human capital selection, managerial ethics & ethical decision making, organizational research methods & applied statistics
  • Robert R. Renn (Associate Professor; PhD 1989, Georgia State; rrenn@memphis.edu): work motivation & job performance, goal setting, work design, self-management, leadership
  • Alex L. Rubenstein (Assistant Professor; PhD 2014, Florida; rbnstein@memphis.edu): employee retention & turnover, newcomer socialization & adjustment, employees' individual differences in personality and ability
  • Robert R. Wiggins (Associate Professor; PhD 1995, Texas; rwiggins@memphis.edu): sustained competitive advantage, hypercompetition, information systems
  • Peter Wright (Professor; PhD 1975, Louisiana State; pwright@memphis.edu): corporate governance, agency theory, tournament theory, firm investments

Our faculty currently serve or have served on editorial boards for leading scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of International Business Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Our faculty also invite guest speakers from other universities to give research colloquiums in our department.  Examples of faculty who have visited our department include the following:  Dr. Kim Cameron (Michigan), Dr. Jeffrey Edwards (UNC-Chapel Hill), Dr. Rodger Griffeth (Ohio U), Dr. Michael Hitt (Texas A&M), Dr. Ruth Kanfer (GA Tech), Dr. David Lepak (Rutgers), Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer (Stanford), Dr. W. Gerry Sanders (Rice), Dr. Roy Suddaby (Alberta), Dr. Robert Vandenberg (Georgia), and Dr. Herman Aguinis (Indiana).

Selected Faculty-Student Journal Article Publications

  1. Aguinis, H., Dalton, D.R., Bosco, F.A., Pierce, C.A., & Dalton, C.M. (2011). Meta-analytic choices and judgment calls: Implications for theory development and testing, obtained effect sizes, and scholarly impact. Journal of Management, 37,5-38.
  2. Aguinis H., Pierce, C.A., Bosco, F.A., Dalton, D.R., & Dalton, C.M. (2011). Debunking myths and urban legends about meta-analysis. Organizational Research Methods, 14, 306-331.
  3. Aguinis, H., Pierce, C.A., Bosco, F.A., & Muslin, I.S. (2009). First decade of Organizational Research Methods: Trends in design, measurement, and data-analysis topics. Organizational Research Methods, 12, 69-112.
  4. Aissaoui, R., & Fabian, F.F. (2015). The French paradox: Implications for variations in global convergence. Journal of International Management, 21, 31-48.
  5. Allen, D.G., Hancock, J.I., Vardaman, J.M., & Mckee, D.N. (2014). Analytical mindsets in turnover research. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35 (S1), S61-S86.
  6. Allen, D.G., Mahto, R., & Otondo, R.F. (2007). Web-based recruitment: Effects of information, organizational brand, and attitudes toward a web site on applicant attraction. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1696-1708.
  7. Allen, D.G., Weeks, K.P., & Moffitt, K.R. (2005). Turnover intentions and voluntary turnover: The moderating roles of self-monitoring, locus of control, proactive personality, and risk aversion. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 980-990.
  8. Arena, D.F., & Jones, K.P. (in press). To "B" or not to "B": Assessing the disclosure dilemma of bisexual individuals at work. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  9. Bhagat, R.S., Kedia, B.L., Harveston, P.D., & Triandis, H.C. (2002). Cultural variations in the cross-border transfer of organizational knowledge: An integrative framework. Academy of Management Review, 27, 204-221.
  10. Bhagat, R.S., Steverson, P.K., & Segovis, J.C. (2007). International and cultural variations in employee assistance programs: Implications for managerial health and effectiveness. Journal of Management Studies, 44, 222-242.
  11. Bilgili, T.V., Calderon, C.J., Allen, D.G., & Kedia, B.L. (in press). Gone with the wind: A meta-analytic review of executive turnover, its antecedents, and post-acquisition performance. Journal of Management.
  12. Bosco, F.A., Aguinis, H., Field, J.G., Pierce, C.A., & Dalton, D.R. (2016). HARKing's threat to organizational research: Evidence from primary and meta-analytic sources. Personnel Psychology, 69, 709-750.
  13. Bosco, F.A., Aguinis, H., Singh, K., Field, J.G., & Pierce, C.A. (2015). Correlational effect size benchmarks. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 431-449.
  14. Bosco, F.A., Allen, D.G., & Singh, K. (2015). Executive attention: An alternative perspective on general mental ability, performance, and subgroup differences. Personnel Psychology, 68, 859-898.
  15. Clampit, J., Kedia, B., Fabian, F., & Gaffney, N. (2015). Offshoring satisfaction: The role of partnership credibility and cultural complementarity. Journal of World Business, 50, 79-93.
  16. Dalton, D.R., Aguinis, H., Dalton, C.M., Bosco, F.A., & Pierce, C.A. (2012). Revisiting the file drawer problem in meta-analysis: An assessment of published and non-published correlation matrices. Personnel Psychology, 65, 221-249.
  17. Fenner, G.H., & Renn, R.W. (2004). Technology-assisted supplemental work: Construct definition and a research framework. Human Resource Management, 43, 179-200.
  18. Gondo, M., & Amis, J.M. (2013). Variations in practice adoption: The roles of conscious reflection and discourse. Academy of Management Review, 38, 229-247.
  19. Hancock, J.I., Allen, D.G., Bosco, F.A., McDaniel, K.R., & Pierce, C.A. (2013). Meta-analytic review of employee turnover as a predictor of firm performance. Journal of Management, 39, 573-603.
  20. Jones, K.P., Arena, D.F., Nittrouer, C.L., Alonso, N.M., & Lindsey, A.P. (2017). Subtle discrimination in the workplace: A vicious cycle. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10, 51-76.
  21. Kedia, B.L., & Mukherjee, D. (2009). Understanding offshoring: A research framework based on disintegration, location and externalization advantages. Journal of World Business, 44, 250-261.
  22. Lado, A., Boyd, N., Wright, P., & Kroll, M. (2006). Paradox and theorizing within the resource-based view. Academy of Management Review, 31, 115-131.
  23. Ma, R., Huang, Y., & Shenkar, O. (2011). Social networks and opportunity recognition: A cultural comparison between Taiwan and the United States. Strategic Management Journal.
  24. Perez-Nordtvedt, L., Payne, G.T., Short, J.C., & Kedia, B.L. (2008). An entrainment-based model of temporal organizational fit, misfit, and performance. Organization Science, 19, 785-801.
  25. Pierce, C.A., Muslin, I.S., Dudley, C.M., & Aguinis, H. (2008). From charm to harm: A content-analytic review of sexual harassment court cases involving workplace romance. Management Research, 6, 27-45.
  26. Renn, R.W., Allen, D.G., & Huning, T.M. (2011). Empirical examination of the individual-level personality-based theory of self-management failure. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32, 25-43.
  27. Renn, R.W., Steinbauer, R., & Biggane, J. (in press). Reconceptualizing self-defeating work behavior for management research. Human Resource Management Review.
  28. Renn, R.W., Steinbauer, R., Taylor, R.R., & Detwiler, D.J. (2014). School-to-work transition: Mentor career support and student career planning, job search intentions, and self-defeating job search behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 422-432.
  29. Steinbauer, R., Renn, R.W., Taylor, R.R., & Njoroge, P.K. (2014). Ethical leadership and followers' moral judgment: The role of followers' perceived accountability and self-leadership. Journal of Business Ethics,120, 381-392.
  30. Wright, P., Kroll, M., Lado, A., & Van Ness, B. (2002). The structure of ownership and corporate acquisition strategies. Strategic Management Journal, 22, 41-53. 

Required Coursework

A minimum of 60 credit hours of courses beyond a Masters degree must be completed for the PhD in management:

  • Research Methods Core Courses (12 credits)
    • SCMS 8530   Statistical Techniques in Business Research
    • SCMS 8540   Multivariate Analysis in Business Research
    • MKTG 8217 Theory Construction and Evaluation
    • MGMT 8921 Seminar in Research Methods
       
  • Management Research Seminars (12 credits)
    • MGMT 8220  Seminar in Human Resource Management
    • MGMT 8421  Seminar in Organizational Behavior
    • MGMT 8422  Seminar in Organization Theory
    • MGMT 8500  Seminar in Strategic Management
Elective Courses (18 credits; doctoral courses in business & information technology, economics, management, marketing, psychology, sociology, and statistics per advisor approval)
  • Recommended Research Methods Courses:
    • ECON 8125  Applied Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
    • ECON 8810  Econometrics I
    • ECON 8811  Econometrics II
    • ECON 8812  Econometrics III
    • MKTG 8930  Advanced Research Methods
    • MKTG 8216  Structural Equations Modeling
    • PSY 8304     Measurement Theory and Psychometrics
    • PSY 8305     Quantitative Methods for Reviewing Research (meta-analysis)
    • PSY 8306     Linear Structural Modeling
    • PSY 8310     Mixed-model Regression Analysis
    • PSY 8312     Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
       
  • Independent Study for HR/OB and Strategy Students:
    • MGMT 8910  Problems in Management
       
  • Dissertation (18 credits minimum)
    • BA 9000  Dissertation

Notes: (1) Students must register for at least 9 credits each semester. (2) Some students take BA 8800 (Reading for Comps) while studying for the comprehensive exam.