Welcome to the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) at the University of Texas at Austin.  This program brings together some of UT Austin’s finest researchers in the Humanities and the Social and Behavioral Sciences with an interest in educating the rising generation of leaders in the business and nonprofit communities.

The difficulties faced by business leaders almost always involve issues relating to people either within or outside of their organization.  Successful leaders are the ones whose understanding of people allows them to find new and creative ways to support innovation, create devoted communities, communicate effectively, and grasp the complexities of the global marketplace.

The core value of our program is openness.  We believe that the best way to address the problems and issues facing business is to recognize that the problems being solved are often not new.  Chances are, somebody in history has already solved the problem you are grappling with now.  The disciplines of the Liberal Arts are a vast repository of solutions to society’s most pressing problems.  This program is your guide through these disciplines.

HDO supports a number of educational initiatives.  In the Spring of 2012, the program inaugurated its Professional Seminars.  These seminars are one-day classes that provide an introduction to an area of research along with specific practical lessons that can be applied immediately in a business context.

The crown jewel of the HDO program is a Master of Arts program for working professionals that will begin in the Fall of 2013.  I encourage you to explore this website to find out more about the structure of this program.

If you have any questions about this exciting program, please contact us.




Arthur B. Markman
Founding Director, Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations
Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing
W.W. Heath Centennial Fellow of the IC2 Institute