PhD in Management

The Department of Management seeks doctoral candidates with a passion for understanding how individual, group, organizational and inter-organizational phenomena affect the management of complex organizations. Our doctoral students develop a strong knowledge base in a variety of topics in management, including organizational behavior, human resources and strategic management, with the overarching goal of preparing for successful scholarly careers in academia.

Doctoral students in our program have many opportunities to collaborate with multiple faculty on research projects. Our management faculty are known for their work on topics such as:

  • Corporate governance
  • Decision-making
  • Emotions
  • Employee mobility
  • Hiring and turnover
  • Identity and identification
  • Justice and fairness
  • Leadership
  • Self-awareness
  • Stakeholder strategy
  • Strategic human capital
  • Team composition and processes
  • Top management teams
  • Well-being
  • Work-life balance

We consistently publish in the top journals in our field, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Strategic Management Journal, among others. In addition, faculty members sit on the editorial boards of prominent journals and are actively engaged in collaborations with organizations in the region.

We welcome applications from students who hold bachelor's or master's degrees from approved colleges and who show the ability to carry on rigorous graduate study. Previous education in management is not required for admission. Admission is based on applicant's undergraduate and graduate records, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination or Graduate Management Admission test scores, and other material that indicates strong aptitude for graduate study in management. 

Recent graduates of Lindner's PhD Management program have accepted positions at:

  • California State University Bakersfield
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of South Florida
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Xavier University

Names of Carl H. Lindner College of Business faculty appear in bold. Names of Lindner PhD candidates are underlined.

  • Peat, D. M., & Perrmann-Graham, J. (2022). Where do I belong? Conflicted identities and the paradox of simultaneous stigma and social aggrandizement of military veterans in organizations. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1-29. 

  • Campbell, J. T., Bilgili, H., Crossland, C., & Ajay, B. (2022). The Background on Executive Background: An Integrative Review. Journal of Management.

  • Campbell, J.T., Bilgili, H., & Ajay, B. (2021). “Strategic Leadership.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Ed. Ricky Griffin. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Kumar, S., Kailasapathy, P., & Mudiyanselage, A. S. (2021). It’s my luck: impostor fears, the context, gender and achievement-related traits. Personnel Review.

  • Flight, R. L., & Mudiyanselage, A. S. (2021). Customer and Competitor Orientation, Innovation and Performance in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Marketing Management Journal, 31(1).

  • Brymer, R., Rodenberg, R. M., Zheng, H., & Holcomb, T. R. (2021). College Football Referee Bias and Sports Betting Impact. Eastern Economic Journal, 47(1), 91-106.
  • Lin, Z., & Hollensbe, E. (2020). Grounded Theory. In Griffin, R.W. (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Management. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Khazanchi, S., Sprinkle, T.A., Masterson, S.S., and Tong, N. (forthcoming). A spatial model of work relationships: The relationship-building and relationship-straining effects of workspace design. Academy of Management Review.

  • Masterson, S.S., Lensges, M.L. (in press) LMX and justice. Oxford Handbook of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX).