Organization and Management

Leadership in a digitally driven world demands new interpersonal and organizational skills. The pace and complexity of our digital world has changed the landscape for leaders as industry boundaries are blurring, teams are expanding across the globe, hierarchies are flattening, and worker-firm relations transcend traditional definitions of “employee.”  Understanding why and how people come together to work toward common goals in this changing world is more important than ever before.

The Organization and Management area offers courses that draw on cutting-edge theory and research on both organizational behavior and organization theory. Organizational behavior addresses topics such as leadership, cross-cultural and inclusive management, managing work groups, decision making, motivation, creativity, trust, power and influence, negotiations, and organizational commitment. Organization theory offers insights on topics including innovation, organizational design and adaptation, workplace inequality, career processes, professionalization, work-family policies, and social networks. 

The Organization and Management area also has one of the country's most prominent doctoral programs for people interested in a career as a professor in a business school. All doctoral students work closely with multiple faculty mentors to develop their own original program of academic research in organizational behavior or organization theory.


Christopher Bauman Christopher Bauman
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Martha Feldman Martha Feldman
PhD, Stanford University

Sharon Koppman Sharon Koppman
PhD, University of Arizona

Newton Margulies Newton Margulies
Professor Emeritus
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Melissa Mazmanian Melissa Mazmanian
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Gerardo Okhuysen Gerardo Okhuysen
PhD, Stanford University

Jone L. Pearce Jone L. Pearce
PhD, Yale University

Maritza Salazar Maritza Salazar Campo
PhD, New York University

Claudia Bird Schoonhoven Claudia Bird Schoonhoven
Professor Emerita
PhD, Stanford University

Maia Young Maia Young
PhD, Stanford University

Lecturers and Researchers


Undergraduate business classes may be found through the UCI course catalogue.

MBA Core Course Descriptions

202. Organizational Behavior for Managers

This course is designed to increase your skill and effectiveness in analyzing and managing organizations, groups, and individuals in the digital age. Beginning from an understanding that the nature of work in organizations is ever-changing, we examine current trends to identify key drivers and a range of potential outcomes. The course material will be useful in motivating others, managing relationships with people, making complex decisions, becoming a leader, managing and cultivating innovation, planning careers, improving team effectiveness, and structuring organizations. The course integrates concepts and theories from organization science with the practical realities of managing organizations facing challenges due to the advent of digital transformation. For example, work is now often completed by teams distributed across companies and countries rather than inside the walls of organizations; power is exerted through networks and negotiations rather than formal hierarchies; workers are incentivized through strong cultures and intrinsic rewards rather than career ladders and job security; and managers must respond to the constant drumbeat of technological advancement through organizational change. The course also builds your creative, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, critical to employability in an increasingly fragmented workplace. Ultimately, the tools and skills developed in this course should equip you to be more effective contributors to every organization you join, including the ability to diagnose “real life” management situations and offer sound recommendations. With the analytic skills and different ways of thinking this course provides, you will be prepared to address novel problems in organizations that operate in an information-rich environment.

MBA Elective Descriptions

220. Organizational Change
Focuses on the implementation of change, including identifying the features of successful change in organizations of varying sizes and configurations, with an emphasis on the reasons why individuals resist or embrace change.

225. Negotiations
Using a combination of theory and practice via negotiation simulations, students expand their repertoire of negotiating skills and develop their ability to analyze different negotiation situations and contexts.

227. Global Negotiations
Emphasizes economic, political, social, and cultural environments of international business negotiations. Topics include self-assessment/analysis, environmental analysis, international team building, negotiation processes and strategies, resources, skills, pre-negotiation preparations, agreements, and post-contract negotiations. Specific emphasis will be placed on cross-cultural problem-solving.

228. International Management
Introduction to the effects of different national cultures, political and economic systems on the assumptions, expectations, organizational practices, and organizational forms needed to conduct cross-national organizational work.

229. Leadership Strategies
Provides insight/perspectives about the study and development of leadership. Helps students answer three questions: Where am I currently as a leader? What tools can I use to improve my leadership? What is my plan for the future as a leader?

290. Special Topics in Organization & Management
Studies in selected areas of organization & management. Topics addressed vary each quarter. Past courses include: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership; Managing Groups, Teams, and Collaborations; Power and Politics; Managing Performance in 21st Century; Strategic Communication; Talent Strategy and Management.

PhD Course Descriptions

291 PhD Organizational Theory
A special topics course. 

291 PhD Sem-OB
A special topics course.

291 PhD Sem-OT
A special topics course.

297F Doctoral Research Methods
Doctoral Research Methods for the Management and Business Social Sciences: This is a course in the fundamentals of social science research in the management and business fields: theory development research design, methods, data management, and writing scholarly research publications. It is designed for doctoral students intending scholarly research careers and will involve hands-on practice in formulating hypotheses and designing research to test the participants’ own research ideas, and in conducting journal reviews. This course seeks to help students to begin developing the skills scholars need to be competent members of their scholarly fields, to complete an important dissertation that will increase the chance of securing interviews at the best schools, and to enable participants to do research that attracts fame and fortune throughout their careers. Little background in scientific methods or statistics is assumed.