Coordinator for OB/Leadership: Prof. Francis Yammarino
Organizational Behavior/Leadership Concentration
Organizational Behavior (OB) seminars focus on both micro and macro perspectives on
industrial and organizational effectiveness. Individual, dyadic/interpersonal, group/team,
and organizational/systems behavior are examined with a particular emphasis on leadership
in and of organizations. A typical course sequence, some past specializations (or
related minors), and the core faculty are listed below.
OB seminars have been taken by students from OB, human resources management, accounting, marketing, systems science, psychology, sociology, and political science. The core faculty are also research fellows in the Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary research center. As such, OB seminars and faculty research often include direct and indirect linkages with leadership studies. Students are educated about theory, research, practice, and teaching of OB and leadership.
Typical Schedule for OB Ph.D. Students
First semester: Research Methods I, Statistics I, Advanced Organizational Behavior, Pedagogy
Second semester: Research Methods II, Statistics II, Special Topics in OB
First semester: Leadership in Organizations, Specialization I, Specialization II
Second semester: Theory Testing in Leadership, Specialization III, Pedagogy Seminar
Teaching Experience, Comprehensive Exams, Dissertation Proposal
Organizational Behavior Faculty
The OB faculty are active researchers, teachers, and consultants. They are the authors
of numerous books, research monographs, and journal articles that have appeared in
key outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative
Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Personnel
Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. Faculty members serve as editors, editorial
board members, and reviewers for various journals and are active in several professional
associations. They are consultants to many Fortune 500 companies, domestic and foreign
organizations, and national government agencies.
FRANCIS YAMMARINO, Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo, Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Leadership Studies
Research interests: Multiple-level approaches to leadership, superior-subordinate relationships, self-other agreement processes, and research methodologies.
SHELLY DIONNE, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, Associate Professor;
Research interests: Leadership and creativity, multi-level approaches to leadership and team development.
KIMBERLY JAUSSI, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Associate Professor;
Research interests: Creativity and leadership, inconventional behavior, identity issues in teams, organizational commitment.
SETH SPAIN, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Assistant Professor;
Research interests: Organizational behavior, human resource management, dynamic criteria, personality and affect, research methods.
W. DONALD SPANGLER, Ph.D., The University of Michigan, Associate Professor;
Research interests: Leadership and personality, methods.
In addition to these core OB faculty listed above, the Center for Leadership Studies has fellows both at Binghamton University and other universities who can also be important resources for doctoral students.