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Organizational Behavior and Human Resources PhD Program

The Krannert Ph.D. program in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (OBHR) will provide you the personalized mentorship and rigorous educational platform from which to launch a successful academic career at a research-oriented university.  By exposing you to classic and cutting-edge theories, literature streams, research methods, and analytical techniques, we will enable you to conduct exciting and impactful research and to effectively share discovered knowledge with fellow scholars, managers, and students in the U.S. and abroad.  We believe it critical to build your research skills from the outset of your time in our program such that your research record stands out in a highly competitive academic job market. To that end, we will work one-on-one with you on research projects related to topics such as:
  • Leadership and teams
  • Work, family, diversity, and personal life
  • Workplace fairness and justice
  • Employee selection 
  • International Human Resources
  • Stress and burnout
  • Employer branding and recruitment
  • Counterproductive work behaviors
  • Workplace interventions, training, and employee engagement

Of course, these are but a sampling of ongoing projects.  Click here to see the myriad of additional topics our faculty and students have enjoyed researching the past several years.

As you can see, we are passionate about creating and disseminating knowledge that informs organizational efforts to achieve exceptional results for employee, customer, and financial stakeholders.  If you want to be part of this endeavor and you meet our minimum application criteria found in this link, please click here to apply.

OBHR News

Professor Mike Campion had several publications in the past year.

  1. Levashina, J., Hartwell, C. J., Morgeson, F. P., & Campion, M. A. (2014). The structured employment interview: Narrative and quantitative review of the research literature. Personnel Psychology, 67, 241-293.
  2. McCarthy, J.M., Van Iddekinge, C. H., Lievens, F., Kung, M., Sinar, E.F., & Campion, M. A. (2013). Do candidate reactions relate to job performance or affect criterion-related validity? A multi-study investigation of relations among reactions, selection test scores, and job performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 701-719.
  3. Roth, P., Le, H., Ho, I., Van Iddekinge, C., Buster, M., Robbins, S., & Campion, M. (2014). Differential validity for cognitive ability tests in employment and educational settings: Not much more than range restriction? Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1-20

Professor Brian Dineen had his research recently cited in CNBC. He also attended the First HR Division International Conference (Beijing) and presented in the doctoral consortium and other research sessions. 


Dean Emeritus Richard Cosier helped design and offer a new graduate level course last fall entitled "Intercollegiate Athletics as a Business." The course was co-taught by Professor Cosier and Purdue Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (AD) Morgan Burke. Long time local attorney representing Purdue athletics Tony Benton presented materials on Title IX and other legal matters. Among a series of impressive speakers Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany presented to the class on past and present conference challenges. The course will be offered again this coming fall 2014. The goal is to repeat being the top rated semester long Krannert masters' program elective.

Professor Kelly Wilson recently had the following research accepted at a leading journal with one of her past PhD students: Wilson, K. S., & Baumann, H. M (in press). Capturing a more complete view of employees’ lives outside of work: The development and validation of new inter-role conflict constructs. Personnel Psychology.

Professor Ellen Ernst Kossek was awarded the Work Life Legacy Award  by the Families and Work Institute in June. The award recognizes those who have created and built the work-life movement. Kossek also is currently serving as President of the Work and Family Researchers Network and organized an international conference and gave a keynote on the future of the work-life field in New York also in June. She also attended the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23. She has an article (with Jeff Greenhaus) in the 2014, Annual Review Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. (Fred Morgenson,). entitled, ”The Contemporary Career: A Work-Home Perspective.” Her work was featured this year in the Financial Times 

Professor David Schoorman was a keynote speaker at the annual Nebraska Symposium on Motivation on April 24-25, 2014. He spoke on the topic of trust, the title of his talk and paper is “Would Trust by any other name smell as sweet? Reflections on the meanings and uses of trust across disciplines and contexts”. The Nebraska Symposium on Motivation is the oldest and longest running symposium in psychology. The series started in 1953 and has hosted many of the great names in psychology. ProfessorDavid Schoorman is also co-principal investigator on a multi-year project to study the antecedents of trust across national cultures. The project will design and develop a study to collect original data on trust in 25-30 countries. Co-investigators on the study are Professors Roger Mayer (North Carolina State University) and Hwee Hoon Tan (Singapore Management University), both graduates of Krannert’s PhD program. The project is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and includes funding for graduate student research assistantships and post-doctoral fellows.

Ph.D. Candidate Christopher James Hartwell, was selected to receive an Outstanding Reviewer award from the OB division of Academy of Management based on his reviews for the 2014 annual conference.