Ph.D. Student Recruiting

Management Ph.D. Program

We are a productive and closely-knit group of researchers with strong interest in studying organizational phenomena from a social network perspective and we are currently seeking applicants for our doctoral program. Applications for Fall 2017 are due on Feb. 1. 

 Students in our Management PhD Program gain exposure and develop competencies in traditional areas of management research such as organizational management and theory, organizational behavior, business policy and strategy and human resource management while also being a part of the LINKS Center and having access to multiple seminars on social network analysis.  

Our Placements

Our doctoral graduates have become business school faculty at major research universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Tulane University, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, University of Connecticut, Clemson University, University of Cincinnati, Oklahoma State University, Boston College, Queen's University, University of Illinois-Chicago, College of William & Mary, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Fresno State University, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Montana, and North Dakota State University.

Our Faculty and Research

We seek bright, dedicated applicants whose developing research interests complement or supplement those of the faculty within our department.  Below you will find a list of our current faculty along with their general and specific research interests:

Steve Borgatti (Organization and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Research Methods) - information flows through networks, consequences for individuals of their position in a network, consequences for groups of their internal network structure, how people perceive the networks around them

Dan Brass (Organization and Management Theory) - social networks, power and influence, creativity, organizational design

Wally Ferrier (Business Policy and Strategy) - Competitive interaction among rival firms, Managerial, organizational, and contextual drivers of competitive action, Strategic decision making

Nancy Johnson (Human Resources, International Management) - Emotions, Justice

Joe Labianca (Managerial and Organizational Cognition, Organization and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Conflict Management) - Negative ties and conflict in social networks, Post-merger integration, Politically powerful positions in social networks, Organization design from a network perspective

Huiwen Lian *joining us Fall 2017* (Organizational Behavior) - The dark side of organizational behavior, Leadership

Ajay Mehra (Organizational Behavior) - social cognition, leadership, creativity, the emergence of social structure

Eric Gladstone (Technology and Innovation Management, Conflict Management) - Network Cognition, Network Contagion/Diffusion, Negotiation (experiments)

Dan Halgin (Managerial and Organizational Cognition, Organization and Management Theory) - Networks and cognition, Identity

Zhi Huang (Business Policy and Strategy, Organization and Management Theory) - status and power hierarchy, institutions and markets, interorganizational relationships and networks

Ji Youn Kim (Business Policy and Strategy, Technology and Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship) - Corporate Venture Capital, Employee mobility, Knowledge flow, Network formation and change, Spinouts

Scott Soltis (Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, Human Resources) - Person-Organization Fit, Employee Perceptions of HR, Employee Perceptions of Social Networks, Social Influences on Turnover, Organizational Recruiting Competition

Life in Our Program

Our doctoral students receive a stipend (currently: approx. $20K, which goes a long way given the relatively cheap cost of living here in picturesque Lexington, Kentucky) and a full tuition waiver. We also provide generous resources for regular attendance at academic conferences. Students in our doctoral program typically do not teach until their third year and then only once per academic year in order to gain marketable teaching experience while focusing on coursework and research.

To Learn More and Apply

Please visit our formal program web site located here or contact Scott Soltis at

Recruiting 2016

posted Oct 22, 2015, 10:11 AM by ajay mehra

After a very successful year of recruiting (three brilliant new students), we have decided to not accept new students in 2016. We expect to add several new students in 2017.

Recruiting 2015

posted Mar 14, 2015, 3:30 PM by Steve Borgatti

We expect to admit two students this year to our graduate program. Applications are now closed and we are now deliberating. 

Recruiting 2014

posted Mar 14, 2015, 3:25 PM by Steve Borgatti

We anticipate adding one or two new doctoral students to our program in 2014. Please submit application materials by Feb. 2, 2014.  

Recruiting for 2013 complete

posted Jun 13, 2013, 10:43 AM by ajay mehra   [ updated Jun 13, 2013, 10:46 AM ]

We are pleased to announce that we have recruited two new doctoral students for 2013 (Meredith Woehler, B.S., University of Evansville; and Kiho-Jun, M.S., Yonsei University). Recruiting for 2013 is now closed.

Please submit applications for 2014 by November 30, 2013. 

Recruiting for 2012 now closed

posted Nov 28, 2011, 2:13 PM by ajay mehra   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 4:37 PM by Steve Borgatti ]

The Department of Management at the Gatton College of Business & Economics -- which houses the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis-- has concluded doctoral recruiting for 2012.
We are very pleased that four outstanding new students will be joining us in the Fall: Tejas Channagiri (MBA, University of Georgia; B.S. Physics, Bangalore University), Jesse Fagan (M.A., Sociology, B.S., Mathematics, B.S. English, Colorado State University), Wookje Sung (M.S., Management, Yonsei University) and Adam Jonas (M.S., Sociology, University of Kentucky).

We are also delighted to announce that Scott Soltis is now Dr. Scott Soltis. He will be joining the University of Missouri's College of Business as an Assistant Professor this Fall.

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