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Department of Management and Organization

M&O faculty

We have 24 tenure-track and full-time faculty members, making us the Foster School’s largest academic department. We administer over 40% of the courses in Foster’s graduate and undergraduate programs. 14 of our faculty have won “Outstanding Teaching Awards” in our undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. Our faculty are consistently rated among the best at the Foster School, and have even won University-wide teaching awards. Moreover, the latest rankings of research productivity of management departments in North America listed our department at #3, right behind Wharton and Ross. More than two-thirds of our tenure-track faculty currently serve, or have served on editorial boards of prestigious management journals. Several of our faculty have held editorship positions at such top journals. View our department brochure for more details.

As a world-class team of researchers and teachers, the Department of Management and Organization works to advance the Foster School’s three key pillars of strength: leadership, strategic thinking, and entrepreneurship. We passionately emphasize these and other important content areas in our research and integrate these concepts in our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses.

The research we undertake and the courses we offer encompass the following key areas:

Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Strategic Management
Organizational Behavior
Technology and Innovation

Drawing from multiple disciplines, we rigorously examine organizations from diverse perspectives to produce impactful research that enhances scholarship and practice. The following guiding principles drive our activities: collaboration, intellectual curiosity, diversity (intellectual diversity, demographic diversity); community (collegiality, mutual respect); and ethical behavior (fairness, transparency, honesty).

Our administrative staff play a critical role in advancing our mission. If you have any questions about our department or the courses we offer, please contact Jennifer Payne, our department administrator, at 206-543-4340.

PhD Program

We offer three doctoral programs concentrating on the following areas: organizational behavior and leadership, strategic management, and technology entrepreneurship. Learn more about the students in the PhD program.

Strategic management

Warren Boeker, professor of management, discusses the strategic management track within the PhD program at the UW Foster School of Business.

Organizational behavior

Michael Johnson, associate professor of management, discusses the organizational behavior track within the PhD program at the UW Foster School of Business.

Technology entrepreneurship

Emily Cox Pahnke, assistant professor of management, on the technology entrepreneurship track within the PhD Program at the UW Foster School of Business.

Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship provides the knowledge, mentoring, experience, and connections to help students navigate key entrepreneurial challenges and build a high-impact venture. We designed the entrepreneurship curriculum to follow the startup experience—ideation, formation, execution, and scale.

Associated Centers

Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship promotes entrepreneurship to students across the University of Washington campus and beyond. Our students become leaders who challenge the status quo and change the way business is done.

Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking focuses on integrating rigor and relevance in terms of how leadership and strategic thinking is developed. We aim to be a trusted partner to corporations and institutions seeking evidence-based leadership development interventions.

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