The Department of Management offers a PhD program in the following areas: Operations Management, Organizational Behavior and Strategy/International Business. Our research in these areas brings together relevant concepts, skills and techniques from many disciplines to blend theory and research into the development of effective strategies for managers. The goal in each of these areas is to better manage business processes and organizations to achieve the greatest competitive advantage.
Program Description for Strategy/International Business Concentration
This concentration focuses on the scholarly research of strategic management and international business as well as their interfaces. Topics, such as global corporate strategy, global corporate governance, management of multinational enterprises, international entry strategies, global strategic alliances, cross-cultural management, and strategy in emerging economies, among others, are examined. Research in strategic management and international business has gradually converged. In strategic management, empirical tests using large samples of organizations, many of which are foreign or multinational enterprises, are increasingly common. In corporate strategy, the previous focus on domestic competitors has given way to an emphasis on global competition and global strategies. The concentration in strategy/international business was created in response to these developments.
The concentration emphasizes theoretical training and research methodologies. Its primary purpose is to prepare doctoral students for academic careers as influential scholars on global strategy. Students have the opportunity to be involved in ongoing research projects under the mentorship of experienced faculty. The emphasis is on involvement of students in research early in their graduate careers. Close interaction with faculty members enables students to quickly learn to identify and develop research ideas and create their own research agenda. Students also develop teaching competence under faculty mentorship by teaching undergraduate classes.
A typical student in Strategy/International Business would take the following core courses in Year 1: Statistics I and II, Research Methods, Micro Economics, and Social Psychology. In addition, students would be expected to take classes in Game Theory, Econometrics, Theories in Management and Organization, and other specialized and advanced courses in strategic management and international business.
Faculty in this area have recently published their works in all leading journals in management, such as Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and Journal of Applied Psychology. Among faculty in the area, one has recently earned the distinction of being the most prominent publisher of refereed journal articles, world-wide, in international business and in international management.