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PhD Organisational Behaviour

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

60000 EUR
60000 EUR

Application fee

International 50 EUR
National 50 EUR
Organisational Behaviour
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)105
TOEFL-PBT (min)620
GRE (avg)325
GMAT (avg)702

World B-School Ranking

About this course

Organisational Behaviour research covers many topics such as leadership, negotiations, team dynamics, virtual communication, career transition, identity, social networks, dispute resolution, organisational innovation, change, decision making, national and organisational culture, diversity, and power and politics.

Our PhD courses include Introduction to Social Psychology, Introduction to Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Theory, Organisational Psychology, Organisational Sociology, Social Networks and an Advanced Topics course. 

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Eligibility Criteria

Selection Criteria

  • Proven academic record - irrespective of subject background.
  • Creativity and Independent thought - necessary to become a great researcher.
  • Motivation, Determination and Drive - to follow through with goals.
  • Ability to work in English - as English is the sole medium of instruction at INSEAD

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Course Modules

Organisational Behaviour (OB) is a core field of study at INSEAD. Drawing upon a broad range of social science disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, sociology and economics, this field explores the behavior of individuals, groups and organisations to develop our understanding of business and society.

During the programme, students are expected to develop a broad knowledge of topics in the area. At the same time, as they progress and begin to develop their individual research interests, students are also expected to develop a more specialised knowledge of a subset of the area as they work on their research projects, moving toward the development of their unique professional identity by the end of the programme.

Since OB at INSEAD takes place within a school of business and administration, there is an expectation that students will also develop understandings of basic business disciplines (e.g. finance, marketing, strategy, etc.) and the functioning of profit and not-for-profit organisations.

The PhD in OB at INSEAD prepares students for careers in research and teaching at top academic institutions. The programme provides an opportunity to acquire familiarity with the major developments in this field as well as the research methodologies for generating and testing new ideas. Much of the programme is focused upon acquiring research skills and applying them to the development of original research projects in conjunction with faculty and students. This culminates with the design, data collection and writing of the dissertation.

Students and faculty in the OB area do research on a variety of topics that span the study of individuals, groups and organisations, including: leadership, group and team dynamics, identity, diversity, negotiations, power and influence, virtual communication, decision-making, cross-cultural management, creativity, networks, organisational ecology, institutions and organisations, and careers. They employ an array of different research methodologies to address these topics, including experimental designs, clinical observation, qualitative interviews, surveys, and analysis of large databases. Students and faculty regularly publish in the top disciplinary and applied journals in the field, including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, The Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Applied Psychology.

Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD is challenging and rigorous. The faculty seeks candidates who are intellectually curious and would like to pursue careers in the research and teaching of organisational behaviour phenomena. The programme is sufficiently flexible to respond to a broad range of individual goals and perspectives.

Those who do not already have a background in the social sciences will be provided with an expanded programme of basic study in core areas. Others can build upon previous work to build a programme of study that reflects their experience. Our goal is to provide each PhD candidate with a stimulating climate of scholarship and learning, which is both intrinsically rewarding, and prepares the candidate for an academic career in Organisational Behaviour.

Graduates of the PhD in OB have been placed in leading institutions around the world, including Brown University, CEIBS, ESMT Berlin, ESSEC, Harvard Business School, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, London Business School, McGill University, Rice University, Singapore Management University and Seoul National University, etc.

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How to Apply

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents should be in electronic format and uploaded through our online application platform. Only selected candidates for admission will be asked to provide original copies to the PhD Office to secure their admission in the programme. Thus, no originals or hard copies of transcripts should be sent to the PhD Office prior to admission to the programme.

1. Photograph (passport sized) in JPEG or GIF format, uploaded to your profile.
2. Application fee (non-refundable) of 50 €, which is paid online by credit card. Your application will not be considered until the correct fee is received. 
3. Electronic copy of CV/Resume
4. Electronic copy of Official Transcripts of Grades and Diploma / Degree Certificates with certified translation in English, where applicable
5. Electronic copy of official GMAT or GRE score report
6. Electronic copy of original TOEFL score report. (Note: We do not accept IELTS score in lieu of the TOEFL; if any of your degree's medium of instruction is in English, the TOEFL requirement is automatically waived. Your transcripts from this degree will suffice as proof of waiver)
7. Supplementary information survey form that is accomplished and submitted online (part of your online application form, found under the Supporting Documents section).

Recommendation Letters

A maximum 3 Letters of Recommendation are required coming from faculty, scholars or individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s academic ability and potential for research and teaching. When requesting recommendations, candidates are asked to use the appropriate online forms. Only 3 electronic recommendation letters are required to complete the application.

On the section of Letters of Recommendation, applicants are requested to enter the details of referees, including the 'official' email address (official email addresses do not include gmail, yahoo, or hotmail email clients). Once done, applicants need to click on the link 'Send an email to your recommenders now'.

Important: Refrain from clicking more than once the 'Send an email to your recommenders now' link, to avoid unnecessary email requests sent to your referees.

Applying Online

All applications to INSEAD are fully electronic and must be submitted online. To successfully access the application, you must download or upgrade your browsers to the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 9 and above, Firefox 8 and above, Chrome 10, Safari 5 and above, and Opera 10 and above.

A complete application includes the following: duly accomplished online application form, e-copies (e.g. PDFs) of supporting documents and application fee of 50€. Incomplete applications (missing documents or pages of documents, information or payment) will not be considered by the PhD Admissions Committee.

The application form is comprised of:

1. Your Profile: personal information, test results, academic background, professional background, proficieny in the English language and other languages, international exposure and activities and interests.
2. Statement of Purpose or letter of motivation (1500 essay), stating current goals, career plans, reasons for being interested in the PhD Programme. In as much depth as possible, discuss study plans and intended area of specialisation. 
3. Statement of Integrity (by agreeing to the terms and conditions when submitting the application form)

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