Organizations and Management

Organizations and Management focuses on the study of two things: how individuals and groups interact within organizations, and how firms interact with one another and with consumers, employees, communities, and institutions. To understand these processes, scholars draw both on psychology—particularly the study of cognition, decision making, emotion, learning, motivation, power, and stereotyping—and on sociology, especially the study of categories, identity, interpersonal and inter-organizational relationships, organizations, and stratification.

Prof. Olav Sorenson Prof. Olav Sorenson Relative to other programs in organizations and management, Yale SOM's uniquely trains students to have a deep understanding of both psychological and sociological perspectives on the various issues studied by organizations scholars. It is also unusual in the depth of training that it provides in empirical research methods.

Specific programs of study are built around the interests of individual students.

Examples of research topics that would fit within the program include:

  • How compensation schemes affect employee performance
  • How do people categorize things and how do those categories influence behavior
  • How do social networks influence economic development
  • How employees and colleagues react to female leaders
  • How rules and relationships affect lending practices
  • The importance of social influence in the adoption of technologies
  • The sources and consequences of optimism
  • Unanticipated consequences of disclosing conflicts of interest
  • What motivates employees and individuals

Applicants interested in this program should include at least one writing sample in their application materials.