Ph.D. Human Resource Management Concentration

Ph.D. in Business Administration - Human Resource Management Concentration

The Human Resource Management concentration is a full-time program that provides students a broad theoretical foundation in various areas of management including human resource management, organizational behavior, and strategic management. Students will gain a strong methodological and statistical foundation for conducting top-level research, and they'll have the opportunity to gain a deeper expertise as they specialize in research devoted to their own areas of interest.



Students choose five (5) from a list of courses. Some typical courses are:

· MIS 84108: Acquiring Human Resources

· MIS 84262: Theory of the Firm

· MIS 84263: Optimizing Human Resources

· MIS 84275: Theoretical and Empirical Global Strategy

· MIS 84277: Organizational Behavior and Theory

· MIS 84285: Technology and Innovation Strategy


Research Mentorship

The Mentorship program in the Department of Management and Information Systems, covering the Information Systems and Management concentrations, has two primary goals: First, to help the Ph.D. student develop the conceptual and methodological skills required for conducting original research, and secondly, to help the student acquire the knowledge necessary to establish expertise in their area of concentration.

All incoming Ph.D. students are assigned a faculty mentor and work collaboratively with their mentor and other professors or students as a research team to undertake and publish research. An important aspect of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of research perspectives. As each mentor may have different perspectives on research, the student benefits from working with a variety of mentors. The faculty mentor will often be heavily involved in the development of the research design, in guiding the analysis, and in "polishing" the research paper and moving it through the publication process.

Teaching Mentorship

Students will be assigned a mentor to guide their teaching for every course they teach. As part of this mentorship, students who are teaching are required to discuss their course preparation with a faculty who has previously taught the course. Students are also encouraged to invite their mentor to class, so faculty can provide useful suggestions for effective teaching.

Research Seminars

The research seminars provide a forum for students to develop and refine their research ideas and methodology and their presentation skills. These skills are vital for research presentations at conferences, job interviews, and in the classroom. The mentor will play a supporting role during the presentation.


Students from our Human Resource Management Ph.D. program have accepted positions at Louisiana State University, The University of Illinois, Cleveland State University, Saint Bonaventure University and Bentley University.