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The Organisational Behaviour PhD pathway

Researchers studying Organisational Behaviour investigate how individuals act within society and organisations and how their actions in both environments affect each other. Understanding these social processes from a micro-perspective is essential for improving how leaders, managers and individual employees contribute to the effectiveness of an organisation.

Organisational Behaviour at Cambridge Judge Business School is an applied science built on contributions from the behavioural sciences, including social and organisational psychology, decision-making and judgements, behavioural economics and management. Organisational Behaviour focuses mainly on the effects that individual and group dynamics, such as personality and teamwork, have on human behaviour. It is concerned with how people's feelings, motivations and cognitions influence their behaviour in organisational and group settings.

The faculty of Organisational Behaviour studies phenomena and research questions.

Learn more about our supervising faculty's research interests

David De Cremer How do fairness, trust, ethics and economic incentives (as a process) shape leadership effectiveness and both individual and social decision-making, including, for example, cooperation, conflict, creativity and citizenship behaviour?
Eric Levy How does consumers' moral self-conception (their moral identity) affect their choices, cognitions, and behaviours? Other research interests are altruism/charitable behaviour, and brand anthropomorphism (humanisation).
Jochen Menges How do leaders shape the emotions, motivations and cognitions of their followers and achieve high performance?
Sucheta Nadkarni How do the personalities, gender, values and cognitive characteristics of CEOs and top executive teams influence the strategies and competitive behaviours of their companies and what are the environmental and organisational factors that shape these relationships?
Andreas Richter How do team context factors (e.g. diversity) and team processes affect employee creativity and innovation in both experimental and field settings?
David Stillwell A large part of our lives is mediated through digital devices which collect big data about us. How can we better understand customers, employees or managers from behavioural traces like their social media activity, emails, or purchase records?

Please note, Dr Jochen Menges and Dr Eric Levy supervise MPhil dissertations and can be a member of a PhD advisory team.

What you can expect from the PhD pathway in Organisational Behaviour

You will be seen not as a PhD student but as a junior colleague - you will be an apprentice in the best sense of the word. The Organisational Behaviour Group will work with you and train you to become an independent researcher with an exciting research programme and portfolio of academic papers that will help you succeed in the job market and gain a junior faculty position following your PhD.

You will work with faculty on joint research projects for publication in leading academic journals and will take a series of courses focused on research methodology and the foundations of the discipline as well as more advanced research seminars, where you will learn to critique recent publications and current working papers. This will enable you to shape and position your own work as a significant contribution to the academic literature in Organisational Behaviour. This coursework component will be complemented with practical research training, where you will develop and execute research projects jointly with faculty members.

In particular, we will work with you to develop a coherent and innovative research programme that will form the basis for an interesting and influential academic career. This research programme may comprise laboratory research, organisational field research and secondary data analysis.

What we expect from our PhD students

We expect you to show a high level of commitment to an academic career in a business school as well as the desire to engage with external organisations.

You will need to have earned a bachelors degree (and in some cases a masters degree) from a highly regarded university and have performed within the top five per cent of your class. Please see the Master of Research (MRes) and MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations academic requirements  for more detail. We welcome applications from students who want to conduct quantitative research and who have a background in psychology, behavioural economics, the social and natural sciences or other quantitatively orientated subjects.

We will need to see evidence of excellent writing skills and strong evidence of your quantitative ability, either through results in statistics and calculus courses at university level or through GRE results. Practical management experience is welcome but not essential.