The UConn Management Ph.D. Program has two broad areas of emphasis: organizational behavior and strategic management. Our doctoral program trains students to become leading scholars at the world's top research universities.

Organizational Behavior
Research on organizational behavior examines individuals and teams in complex social systems (organizations). Research topics explored include individual differences, motivation, leadership, team dynamics, attitudes, decision making, creativity, performance, and the management of people through staffing, socialization, performance management, and employee relations.

Strategic Management
Research on strategic management examines how firms formulate and implement strategies that are compatible with the external environment, and analyzes the performance outcomes associated with these decisions. Both the content and process for firm-level decision making are included, along with the role and responsibilities of firms within society.

Research topics

  • Teams in organizations
  • Empowerment and empowering leadership
  • Social networks
  • Multi-level theory
  • Strategic entrepreneurship
  • Corporate alliance and networks
  • Learning processes
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic human resource management
  • International expansion
  • Long-term decision making


The Management department produces high quality scholars who have had very successful academic careers in tenure-track positions at top universities. UConn Management PhD graduates have accepted faculty positions at American University, Arizona State, Bentley, Colorado State, Drexel, Fordham, Northeastern, Oregon State, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers, University of Iowa, and University of Texas-El Paso.


The Management PhD Program is an in-residence program located at the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs, Connecticut. New York City and Boston are each within a short drive.


Our management faculty is a distinguished body of scholars who all publish extensively and have been recognized nationally and internationally for their accomplishments. TAMUGA Rankings track productivity in the eight top-tier Journals in Management. UConn Management Department faculty have tied for 17th in the United States (based on 5-year analysis of all private and public universities). Many hold leadership positions in professional organizations and serve in editorial positions for leading management journals.

A major reason for the success of our students is that they become actively involved in research with our faculty and publish in the best management journals prior to graduation.

Program graduates have earned national recognition for their research contributions. For example, Semin Park '19 Ph.D. received the "Lee Hakel Award" in support of dissertation proposals from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Margaret Luciano '15 Ph.D. won Best Dissertation Awards from INGRoup, SIOP, and the Academy of Management; and David Baldridge '01 Ph.D. was awarded the Citations of Excellence "Top Fifty" by Emerald Management Reviews and the Dorothy Harlow Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management. More information on student publications, awards, and accolades can be found at

Management Ph.D. Faculty

Qing Cao
Associate Professor of Management
PhD, University of Maryland
Research Interests: strategic entrepreneurship, managerial social capital, inter-organizational partnerships,
management in transition economies

Ryan Coles
Assistant Professor, Management

Timothy Folta
Professor of Management
Faculty Director, CCEI
Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship

PhD, Purdue University
Research Interests: entrepreneurship, innovation policy, corporate strategy and diversification, market entry and exit, managing uncertainty

Lucy Gilson
Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Faculty and Outreach
Director Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference

PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests: leadership, women and leadership, creativity at the individual and team levels – creativity and outcomes, team effectiveness, virtual teams: what makes them effective and how should they be managed, leading for innovation and change

Travis Grosser
Associate Professor of Management
PhD, University of Kentucky
Research Interests: intra-organizational social networks, employee creativity and innovation implementation, negative workplace relationships, predictors of employee attachment and turnover

Nora Madjar
Associate Professor of Management
PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Research Interests: social context for creativity at work, job design and the creative process, gender, negotiations
and creativity

John Mathieu
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Friar Chair in Leadership & Teams

PhD, Old Dominion University
Research Interests: training, teamwork, leadership, organizational behavior,
multi-level theories, designs, and analyses

Jo (Kyoungjo) Oh
Assistant Professor of Management
PhD, Michigan State University
Research Interests: mistreatment in the workplace, affect, and workgroups

Greg Reilly
Associate Professor of Management and Management Department Head, Academic Director, Graduate Programs
in Human Resource Management

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interests: strategic human resource management, executive compensation, time horizon in strategic management, management teams

David Souder
Professor of Management
PhD, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: long-term corporate investments, organization design and sustainability, mergers and acquisitions, family businesses

Alexandra Rheinhardt
Assistant Professor, Management
PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Quick Facts

Program Entry


Length of Program

4-5 years

Number of Alumni


Research University Placement (past 5 years)

American University, Ball State University, University of Iowa, The University of Texas at El Paso

Percentage of Women


Competitive Graduate Assistantships

Tuition Waiver, Stipend, Subsidized Health Insurance

Summer Fellowships


Conference Travel Support


Enrollment Profile (Fall 2020)

Total Applications


Total Enrolled


GMAT (3-year enrolled student average)


GRE Q (3-year enrolled student average)


Graduate GPA (3-year enrolled student average)


Undergraduate GPA (3-year enrolled student average)


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Business PhD applications are accepted from September until the fall cohort is complete.