The Organizational Behavior and Information Systems (OBIS) doctoral program is a research-based program where students work with world-renowned scholars to build skills that will prepare them for impactful careers as professors at business schools. Though students will generally focus their training on either organizational behavior or information systems, the program also provides the opportunity to learn key theories and methods in both areas.

Overall, the doctoral program places a heavy emphasis on training students through active engagement in the research process. Students develop a strong foundation in research methods and statistics, while closely collaborating with multiple faculty members on research projects.
Work with renowned researchers

Our award-winning OBIS faculty have presented at the White House and are published experts on topics like:

  • Justice and Leadership
  • Workplace Emotion and Workforce Diversity
  • Effect of Information Analytics on Organizational Change
  • Behavioral Information Security and Text Mining

We have seven tenured or tenure-track organizational behavior faculty:

  • David Balkin’s research on leader pay and social exchange has been recognized by our field’s flagship management journal as a best published paper
  • Wayne Boss has over 150 publications on topics such as justice and ethical leadership. 
  • Russell Cropanzano, chair of the division, is renowned for his ground-breaking thought-leadership in the areas of organizational justice and workplace emotion.
  • David Hekman’s research on leadership and diversity is consistently published in our field’s top journals and has even been presented at the White House
  • Sabrina Volpone  publishes articles in the top management journals on the topics of diversity and identity management
  • Christina Lacerenza has published innovative work on teamwork and leadership in the leading management journals using some of the latest statistical approaches in multi-level analyses and meta-analyses. 
  • Stefanie Johnson is the OBIS doctoral program coordinator and is a renowned leadership scholar and has been invited to the White House  to present her research on workplace race and gender bias. She studies the intersection of leadership and diversity and is the author of the Wall Street Journal National Best Seller, Inclusify.

We currently have four tenured or tenure-track information systems faculty:

  • Dave Eargle specializes in the fast-growing field of behavioral information security and utilizes some of the latest neurophysiological methodologies in conducting his research.
  • Kai Larsen, recent recipient of the Association for Information Systems 2015 Technology Challenge Award and the INFORMS ISS Design Science Award for 2019, conducts groundbreaking research on semantic/lexical analytics in the context of the psychometric method.
  • Jintae Lee is a text mining expert and applies this expertise to unique research questions such as how consumers make their travel choices.
  • Ramiro Montealegre has published articles in the top management and information system journals about how information analytics influences organizational change.

Additional information about our faculty can be found here.

General details about the curriculum, requirements, and structure of the program can be found here. Please be aware this document is not an exhaustive list of the requirements for the Program.

How to Apply

PhD in OBIS Program Flyer

PhD Graduates' Publications

Management Information Systems Quarterly (WITS 2016 Best Prototype Award)
Unlocking Knowledge Inheritance of Behavioral Research: A Design Framework and an Instantiation (Conditional acceptance)
Jingjing Li—University of Virginia (PhD 2013)
Kai Larsen –University of Colorado Boulder
Ahmed Abbasi –University of Virginia

Strategic Management Journal
Gatekeeping Strategy and Knowledge Transfer among Platform Participants: Evidence from App Developers
Yuchen Zhang –Tulane University (PhD 2016)
Jingjing Li—University of Virginia (PhD 2013)
Tony Tong –University of Colorado Boulder

Information Systems Research
Don’t Mention It? Analyzing User-generated Content Signals for Early Adverse Event Warnings (2019)
Ahmed Abbasi –University of Virginia
Jingjing Li—University of Virginia (PhD 2013)
Donald Adjeroh –West Virginia University
Marie Abate—West Virginia University
Wanhong Zheng –West Virginia University

Academy of Management Journal    
Is it better to give or receive? The role of help in buffering the depleting effects of surface acting (2017)

Marilyn A Uy - Nanyang Technological University (PhD 2009)
Katrina Jia Lin - Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
Remus Ilies - National University of Singapore

MIS Quarterly    
Information technology use as a learning mechanism: The impact of
it use on knowledge transfer effectiveness, absorptive capacity, and franchisee performance (2015)
Kishen Iyengar - University of Colorado at Boulder
Jeffrey R Sweeney - Maastricht University (PhD 2016)
Ramiro Montealegre - University of Colorado at Boulder

MIS Quarterly    
Can online wait be managed? The effect of filler interfaces and presentation modes on perceived waiting time online (2012)

Younghwa Lee - University of Northern Iowa (PhD 2005)
Andrew N.K. Chen - University of Kansas
Virgina Ilie - California Luthern University