orgtheory faq


New to orgtheory? Here’s the FAQ:

1. What is

It’s a group blog written by Teppo Felin, Kieran Healy, Brayden King, Omar Lizardo and Fabio Rojas. We are b-school/sociology researchers whose work touches on org theory in some way. The blog is about organization theory and related areas such as sociology, economics, political science, and social theory. We also include humorous or entertaining posts, just to mix things up. There are also guest bloggers.

2. What is “organization theory?”

There’s no simple definition, but it’s the academic tradition that studies profit and non-profit groups such as corporations, schools, philanthropies, etc. Organization theory draws from many areas such as psychology, economics and sociology.

3. How can I learn organization theory?

There are many good books that summarize thinking about organization theory. One that we like is Scott and Davis’ Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems. There are many other good books. Of course, the great social scientists have often addressed organizations in their writings, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, Adam Smith, Chester Barnard, James March, Herb Simon, and Oliver Williamson. If you are still in school, you can take courses in the subject from sociology, economics and management programs.

4. Where can I get my BA/MBA/MSc/PhD/DPhil in orgtheory? What are the prerequisites?

Traditionally, organization scholars have earned their doctorate degrees in core social science fields and professional areas such as management and public administration. There are many excellent programs and you should check to make sure faculty are working in areas that interest you. Here’s a post on a recent discussion of which schools are focusing on orgtheory PhD’s. It’s rare to get a specifically org theory BA degree, but you can often do your senior thesis on orgtheory topics if you are in business, econ or soc.

To gain admission to graduate programs, you usually need at least a B+/A- GPA, good GRE’s, solid writing skills, and good letters from people who are well known working social scientists. The MBA programs also require substantial work experience because they are about practitioners. In addition, econ programs require calculus (2 years), linear algebra and basic statistics. Additional math is definitely a plus for econ, or econ oriented b-school PhD’s.

5. What other cool things should I know about

First, we have some neat regular features like our online book seminars or our grad student advice column. Check the side bar. Second, if you would like to contact us, click on the side bar and get our email. Thanks for reading!


Written by fabiorojas

April 18, 2007 at 9:39 pm

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