The Organization Studies Concentration
First Year Portfolio: After the first year courses, students prepare a "summer paper", a conceptual research paper based on a topic of their choice. At the completion of the first year, students present a portfolio of their accomplishments to a faculty committee for evaluation and feedback. The portfolio is to include a sample of the student's best work from the first year, as well as a statement detailing the students' own assessment of their first year.
Comprehensive Exam: At the completion of coursework (and not before the end of the fifth semester), students must complete a comprehensive examination process which involves a written examination that stresses integration of knowledge. The examination is designed by a faculty committee, and consists of two parts. The first is a full day, in-house exam consisting of two questions addressing organizational behavior and organizational theory. The questions require students to apply and integrate multiple theories and perspectives, arguments, and meta-theoretical assumptions as covered in their coursework. Within a week of completing the in-house exam, a 48 hour take-home will ask two additional questions addressing the student's minor field of study and research methods. The answers will be evaluated by a comprehensive exam committee consisting of a faculty coordinator (selected by the student), the OS faculty who teach core courses, and an outside member representing the student's minor field of study (selected by the student). In the event that the student does not pass all four questions, oral or written follow-up work will be required, depending on the nature of the problem. Comprehensive exams will be offered twice a year - in January and August.
Colloquium: All OS students are required to take this non-credit, professional colloquium for their first two years in the program. Each semester, the colloquium focuses on topics of relevance to the student's socialization into the field of management (e.g., the publication process, job search process, scholarly review process, etc.).
Dissertation (Ph.D. Thesis): The final stage of the program is the dissertation, a piece of original research conducted under the guidance of a dissertation committee. The dissertation proposal must be defended orally and approved by the student's four-person dissertation committee. This is followed by the completion of the dissertation and its formal defense before an open meeting of the faculty.