What is Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management (OBHRM)?

Organizational Behavior (OB) is the study of the way people interact within groups. Normally this study is applied in an attempt to create more efficient business organizations. The central idea of the study of organizational behavior is that a scientific approach can be applied to the management of workers. Organizational behavior theories are used for human resource purposes to maximize the output from individual group members. Human Resource Management (HRM) is the term used to describe formal systems devised for the management of people within an organization. The responsibilities of a human resource manager fall into three major areas: staffing, employee compensation and benefits, and defining/designing work. Essentially, the purpose of HRM is to maximize the productivity of an organization by optimizing the effectiveness of its employees.

Why UM-Flint for my OBHRM Degree?

The Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management major prepares students for managerial positions and to contribute to the human resource functions within organizations. The curriculum focuses on developing communication, interpersonal, team-building, and leadership skills. It also emphasizes the study of employee work behavior and how to maximize the potential of an organization's human resources.


Faculty teaching general business courses have practical work experience that enhances the online learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience.


The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management (SOM) encourages students to engage in professional development activities outside the academic environment. In the Fall of 2019, SOM will require all students to participate in career development activities to enhance their employability skills.

Students will be required to participate in practical work experience and career development activities to earn 30 points prior to graduation. Students will be able to attend or participate in presentation, workshops, and seminars/online tutorials in the following areas:

  • Developing Networking Skills
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Skills 
  • Business Etiquette 
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Internship 

**Points can be accumulated for each event you attend from freshmen to senior year.


You earn one degree with two different majors. The Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Mgt major has core classes that overlap with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mgt, International BusinessMarketing, and Operations and Supply Chain Mgt. The Marketing degree is offered 100% online or in the traditional format. Benefits of a double major:

  • Broader level of knowledge. Studying within two majors earn you a level of knowledge within two disciplines other students may not acquire. 
  •  More potential career paths.  By double majoring, you are more likely to be promoted to positions that require knowledge in multiples of functional areas.   
  • Double count courses toward your second major.  Students wishing to pursue a double major should consider majors that share courses between them.  If two majors share the same course, you only have to take that course once.  This reduces the number of courses needed to complete your second major. 
BBA Double Major for Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Mgt.  Number of Shared Courses
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mgt (1)  Develop Negotiations Skills
International Business (3)  International Management, Managing Projects/Teams, Issues in Leadership
Marketing (1)  Develop Negotiations Skills
Operations and Supply Chain Mgt (1)  International Management

Please refer to the online catalog for the BBA requirements.