Management and Organizations and Sociology

Degree Types: PhD

The doctoral program in Management and Sociology combines the Kellogg School’s Management and Organization department’s expertise in organization theory with the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Sociology department’s strengths in economic, comparative-historical and cultural sociology. The joint program attracts students who want to study business and non-profit organizations using a sociological perspective, or who wish to apply management and organizational theory to core problems in sociology such as social movements, the production of culture, social structure, gender and race inequality. It is also an attractive option for students that seek to study in a rigorous way  topics at the intersection of economy and society such as social enterprise and innovation, globalization and economic development.

The program’s research and career advantages build on the possibilities that come with applying disciplinary training to the new intellectual space between management and sociological theory. The formal degree synthesizes competencies of both programs, creates formal connections that facilitate a student’s access to faculty and department resources in a way that would be difficult through an informal sampling of courses; and furnishes students with an expanded choice of career and research options in professional schools and schools of arts and sciences.

The program celebrates theoretical and methodological pluralism, and linkages between theory and practice. The rich intellectual heritage of economic sociology and organization theory include research about diverse forms of organizations and markets, their participants and management, organization-environment relations, and organizing processes. Theoretical perspectives include classical theories of bureaucracy, power, strategic choice, resource dependence, organizational ecology, institutional processes, social movements, and networks. More recently, we have become a home for cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern, and complexity theorists. The program encourages theory development and the application of existing theories to emerging and established phenomena.

Faculty from both departments actively participate in the joint program. Each student's specific program of study is set up collaboratively with the program advisors from the two departments. The joint doctoral program is designed as a five year program.

See Management and Organizations and Sociology Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.