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Management Ph.D.

Course Descriptions

The coursework in management is designed to provide a theoretical, methodological, and statistical foundation for critically evaluating extant research and conducting independent research. During the first two years, students will take a variety of content seminars in management and research methods and statistics courses. Following coursework and the successful completion of a qualifying paper, students take a comprehensive exam, which includes written and oral components. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, students will be admitted to doctoral candidacy. Remaining hours will focus on completing a dissertation.

The Management Department offers a number of content seminars and research methods and statistics courses. Ph.D. students also will take research methods and statistics courses offered by other departments and colleges within WVU (e.g., Economics, Statistics, Psychology, Educational Psychology).  Students will take a multivariate statistics course, and other research methods and statistics courses will be determined in consultation with the Ph.D. Coordinator. Ph.D. students also may take content seminars offered by other WVU departments and colleges.

MANG 710. Philosophy of Research. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course provides an overview of the philosophical concepts that guide research in organizations, including overview of research process, scientific progress, theory and practice, and selection of research design.

MANG 711. Research Methods. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Graduate-level introduction to critical topics in research methodology relevant to the social sciences. Emphasis on theory-driven research design, data collection, measurement development and evaluation, and various quantitative data analytic issues with a particular focus on organizational research.

MANG 713. Structural Equation Modeling. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course examines the role and application of structural equation modeling (SEM) in social science research. The overarching goal is to provide the student with an understanding of the rationale underlying SEM, the application of SEM to research endeavors, the interpretation of SEM analyses, and the evaluation of research using SEM.

MANG 720. Human Resource Management. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course offers an overview of theories and research underpinning the strategic and functional human resource management literature by reviewing representative research published in top academic journals and generating original research proposals.

MANG 730. Leadership. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course seeks to critically analyze and explain current and classic leadership literature, taking stock of the knowledge base developed to date and considering conceptual and methodological avenues for further advancement.

MANG 740. Organizational Behavior: Groups and Teams. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of the field of organizational behavior, primarily at the group/team level. The emphasis is on exploring concepts, theory, and empirical research to develop foundational knowledge in several key topic areas and in the approaches used to study group- and team-level organizational behavior.

MANG 760. Organizational Theory. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of modern developments in organizational theory and their connection to the field's roots. Modern organizational theory has several different sub-fields whose diverse theories this course will connect.

MANG 770. Strategic Management Theory. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of theories and methods in strategy research. The emphasis is on the development of major theories, perspectives, and paradigms in the strategic management field.

MANG 780. Organizational Behavior: Individuals. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of the field of organizational behavior, primarily at the individual level of analysis. The emphasis is on exploring concepts, theory, and empirical research to develop foundational knowledge in several key topic areas.

MANG 785. Contemporary Strategic Mgmt. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course provides an evaluation and analysis of contemporary issues in the strategic management literature.We have a standard plan of study, which may be adjusted according to students’ interests and skill requirements and the courses offered in the College and across the University.

Standard plan of study

We have a standard plan of study, which may be adjusted according to students’ interests and skill requirements and the courses offered in the College and across the University.

Methods and Statistics Courses (18 credits required)

  • MANG 710: Philosophy of Research
  • MANG 711: Research Methods
  • EDP 613: Statistical Methods 1 or STAT 511 Statistical Methods
  • EDP 614: Statistical Methods 2 or STAT 512 Statistical Methods 2
  • PSYC 612: Multivariate Analysis or STAT 541 Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • MANG 713: Structural Equation Modeling

Management Content Seminars (18 credits required)

  • MANG 720: Human Resource Management
  • MANG 730: Leadership
  • MANG 740: Organizational Behavior - Groups and Teams
  • MANG 760: Organizational Theory
  • MANG 780: Organizational Behavior - Individuals
  • MANG 770: Strategic Management Theory
  • MANG 785: Contemporary Strategic Management

Other Program Requirements

  • Qualifying Paper
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Dissertation Defense
  • MANG 797: Research (12 credits)
  • MANG 798: Dissertation (24 credits)

Total Hours: 72