As preparation for the program course requirements, some organizational behavior (OB) students, depending on previous preparation, find it useful to complete preparatory coursework in the summer prior to the first year (or in the first year). If you think you might not be prepared for the course requirements, you should ask questions of advanced OB students or the doctoral liaison.
II. Course Requirements
All required courses must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail or credit/no credit). Exceptions are made if the required course is offered pass/fail or credit/no credit only. Each course must be passed with a grade of P or B- or better. Substitutions of required courses require approval from the faculty liaison. Waiving a course requirement based on similar doctoral level course completed elsewhere requires the approval of the course instructor, faculty liaison, and the PhD Program Office.
With faculty liaison approval:
With faculty liaison approval:
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Three electives during years one through three. Electives typically cover substantive areas. Examples include:
Students are required to sign up for either research or teaching practica each quarter of enrollment. Below is a description of the practicum requirements for OB-macro students.
Year 1: In each quarter of the first year, students will attend all of the talks presented in the OB seminar. Students will attend the weekly professionalization seminar, “Macro Lunch.” It is expected that students will work with at least one faculty member on at least one research project. Most of this training will consist of readings and discussions of relevant papers and issues in the field, as well as assisting faculty members with their research projects. By the summer quarter, students will be expected to work with one faculty member on their own research project.
Year 2: In each quarter of the second year, in addition to attending all of the talks presented in the OB seminar and Macro Lunch, students will work with a faculty member of their choice on a research project or projects. Projects may be contained in one or two quarters or can span the entire academic year and summer. Students will also assist faculty members with their research projects. We estimate students will spend at least 10 hours per week per quarter on these research projects. Students will present their second-year papers in the OB seminar during the Spring Quarter.
Years 3 - 5: In each quarter of the third, fourth, and fifth years, in addition to attending all of the talks presented in the OB seminar and Macro Lunch, students will work with at least one faculty member of their choice on a research project or projects. Projects may be contained in one or two quarters or can span the entire academic year and summer. We estimate students will spend at least 10 hours per week per quarter on these research projects. Students will also assist faculty members with their research projects. At least once in years three through five, students will complete a practicum in teaching. Students may also elect to engage in optional RA or CA work for not more than six hours per week during the academic year and 10 hours per week in the summer quarter. During year four or year five, students are expected to present their dissertation paper in the OB seminar.
IV. Field Examination
OB-macro PhD students must take and pass a field exam at the end of the first year of study, following the end of the spring quarter.
The general format of the exam shall be as follows:
- The field exam shall be designed to test the student’s depth of knowledge in macro-organizational theory, for example by being able to summarize and critique specific bodies of organizational theory and research. The exam shall also be designed to test the student’s potential as an independent researcher in the field, for example by being able to identify potentially important research questions and outline how they might be studied.
- The specific content of the exam shall be at the discretion of the faculty administering the exam in a particular year, but is generally based on coursework from the first year in the program.
- The exam will be a take-home, written exam. Students will have two working days to complete the exam, e.g., from 9 a.m. one day until 5 p.m. the following day. Per the PhD Office’s rules, if more than one student is taking the exam in a given year, it shall be scheduled on the same two days.
- The written exam is open-book, open-note. Students are expected to adhere to the Stanford Honor Code.
- Students are encouraged to talk to other students and their faculty advisors while preparing for, but not during, the exam.
Examples of possible written exam questions, based on exams from prior years, are available from the PhD office.
V. Second-Year Research Paper
By the end of the winter quarter in year 2, each student will submit a research paper prepared with the collaboration of a faculty advisor. Students will present this research paper in the OB seminar in the spring quarter. While research is done in collaboration with their faculty advisor, this paper should be the student’s own written work. This paper is a key way that the OB faculty track the progress of students in their second year and plays a major role in the student’s second-year evaluation.
VI. Teaching Requirement
One quarter of course assistantship or teaching practicum. To be completed prior to graduation.
Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree is a judgment by the faculty of the student’s potential to successfully complete the requirements of the degree program. Students are required to advance to candidacy by September 1 before the start of their fourth year in the program
VIII. University Oral Exams
The oral examination is a defense of the dissertation work in progress. The student orally presents and defends the thesis work in progress at a stage when it is one-half to two-thirds complete. The oral examination committee tests the student on the theory and methodology underlying the research, the areas of application and portions of the major field to which the research is relevant, and the significance of the dissertation research. Students are required to successfully complete the oral exams by September 1 before the start of their fifth year in the program.
The doctoral dissertation is expected to be an original contribution to scholarship or scientific knowledge, to exemplify the highest standards of the discipline, and to be of lasting value to the intellectual community. OB-macro does not have any general guidelines beyond the University requirements, and instead defer to the student’s committee (with most guidance directly provided by the major advisor).
X. Supplementary Requirements
Students are urged to attend other workshops and colloquia on campus that cover research, such as that offered by the Stanford Center for Work, Technology and Organization; the SCANCOR seminar series; and occasional colloquia sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Graduate School of Education