The PhD thesis typically entails a major empirical research project (60 credits), conducted under the direction of a thesis supervisor. In completing the thesis component of the program, students apply the concepts studied in their courses and learn how to carry out valid research. In addition, the thesis phase offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of particular interest, as well as to publish their results.
Typically third year PhD students are required to select a thesis topic, prepare a proposal, and have it accepted by their supervisor. Students normally select a topic addressing a contemporary business issue within their chosen area of specialization.
Students conduct original theory-based research, working in close collaboration with some of the faculty’s senior researchers. They apply the technical and analytical skills learned in their course work to develop strategies and solutions to the problem they are studying.
The final step is the thesis dissertation. Once students have completed their research and writing, they must present and defend their thesis.