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PhD in Business Administration

Course descriptions

Required courses

Offered by: Business Administration
Program: PhD

This course provides students with epistemological and methodological foundations needed to specialize in their own field of inquiry while being aware of existing alternative research paradigms and methodologies. First, it offers an introduction to methods of inquiry in business research and a review of its foundation. Second, it aims to provide a framework applicable to business research by explaining the whole research process. An overview of the main research methods (quantitative and qualitative) is provided. Lastly, students are introduced to the writing and critiquing of a research paper and ethical issues related to the research process.

Offered by: Business Administration
Program: PhD

The Faculty holds a series of workshops, events and activities that complement students' academic training and provide them with skills that help them succeed professionally and academically. The course is organized by the Faculty in anticipation both of key milestones during the PhD program and the future professional life of the doctoral candidate. Students are required to complete various activities (such as attending professional development workshops offered in collaboration with different partners, e.g: GradProSkills, CMS, Departments) approved by the PhD Committee. This course must be completed before the thesis defence. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Offered by: Business Administration
Program: PhD

This course is for graduate students who wish to become skillful, thoughtful, and confident instructors in a university classroom. The goal is to enable them to design and deliver courses that are interesting and effective, and to help their students become engaged and inspired learners. In-class activities emphasize collaboration and idea exchange, teaching practice, and reflection.

Offered by: Business Administration
Program: PhD

The main objective of the Comprehensive Examination is to assess the mastery of core knowledge in the field of study. A secondary objective is to assess the knowledge in the specific areas in which the thesis topic is structured. The examination takes the format of a written take-home exam and is written by the end of the second year of the program. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. After successful completion, the student is admitted to candidacy for the degree.

Offered by: Business Administration
Program: PhD

The thesis proposal provides the Supervisory committee with an overview of the research project to be undertaken by the student. The written proposal outlines the thesis topic, its conceptual framework, potential contributions, ethical considerations, proposed methodology and completion timeline. The proposal is orally presented before the Supervisory Committee and public audience.

Offered by: Business Administration
Program: PhD

The PhD thesis typically entails a major empirical research project conducted under the direction of a thesis supervisor. The thesis is the final written report on a comprehensive research project and is the central component to completing the degree requirements. To accomplish this, all parts of the thesis must be organized and presented in a cohesive structure that follows a logical progression, and then orally presented before the Examining Committee and public audience.


Required specialization courses


Accounting


Offered by: Business Administration - Accounting
Program: PhD

This course develops students' understanding of the core themes in financial reporting and disclosure research. It adopts a broad user perspective with a focus on capital markets participants. Changes in financial reporting standards and regulations are transversal themes throughout the course. The course exposes students to a diversity of theoretical paradigms and methodological tools. It allows students to synthesize and analyze research on fundamental questions about financial reporting and disclosure so that they can identify and evaluate new research questions.

Offered by: Business Administration - Accounting
Program: PhD

In this course, students develop a foundation for reading, evaluating, and producing scholarly research in the domain of auditing and assurance. It provides a comprehensive review of foundational and current research in auditing, an overview of the various theories used to investigate research questions focusing on auditing, and presents and discusses the key methodologies adopted by researchers in the area. By the end of the seminar, participants have a comprehensive understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of research in the areas of auditing and are able to develop a viable research proposal on a related topic.

Offered by: Business Administration - Accounting
Program: PhD

The performance of an organization ultimately rests on the effectiveness of its management control systems, which ensure a successful implementation of an organization's strategy and risks assessment. Accordingly, this course provides a comprehensive review of foundational and current research in management control, offers an overview of the various theories used to investigate research questions focusing on management control and risk management, and presents and discusses the key methodologies adopted by researchers in the area. By the end of the seminar, participants have a comprehensive understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of research in the areas of management control and risk management.

Offered by: Business Administration - Accounting
Program: PhD

In this course, students are exposed to research on emerging topics within accounting. Students explore these topics using various theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches, which jointly offer an understanding of the diversity of accounting research. By emphasizing cutting edge topics and research methods, this course adopts a forward-looking stance with respect to accounting research so that students can better identify relevant and promising research themes.


Finance


Offered by: Business Administration - Finance
Program: PhD

The course reviews several topics in corporate finance and closely related topics that are increasingly incorporated into corporate finance research. It focuses primarily on managers of real and, to lesser extent, financial assets. As such, the course deals with the recent work on the four aspects of the firm's budget equation (profitability, external financing, optimal investment and payouts); capital structure; firm focus and diversification; corporate governance, social responsibility and compensation; and the effect on other firm stakeholders and of exogenous shocks.

Offered by: Business Administration - Finance
Program: PhD

This course provides an advanced coverage of the general theory of derivatives pricing, and an examination of special topics on option pricing and financial engineering. It covers and contrasts basic models in option pricing by two different paradigms, absence of arbitrage and absence of stochastic dominance in terms of their theoretical contributions and empirical implications. It then proceeds to cases where the basic model fails because of violations of its fundamental assumptions of market completeness and frictionless trading. Frictionless derivatives pricing models in the presence of market incompleteness include stochastic volatility, GARCH and jump processes. The attempts to deal with the presence of market frictions such as transaction costs are also briefly covered.

Offered by: Business Administration - Finance
Program: PhD

This course focuses on theoretical and empirical tools and results in asset pricing and portfolio choice. The course introduces continuous time finance and broadly covers cross-sectional and time-series models in asset pricing, consumption-based models, as well as intermediary asset pricing including the role of capital constraints. Topics covered include utility and risk aversion, portfolio choice, stochastic discount factors, equilibrium and efficiency, mean-variance analysis and spanning tests, factor models, heterogeneous beliefs, learning, rational expectations equilibria, information/strategic trading/liquidity, and tests of asset pricing models and anomalies.

Offered by: Business Administration - Finance
Program: PhD

The course presents approaches used in conducting research in finance and accounting. A discussion of general problems in research is followed by a review of relevant statistical concepts, general problems of financial model building, and the linear regression model. The problems of unit roots, time series approaches for testing the stability of financial variables, and co-integration are also discussed. The issue of stochastic volatility is also considered as are other techniques such as qualitative choice methods, regime switching models, market-timing tests for performance appraisal, instrumental variables simultaneous equation estimation, generalized method of moments (GMM), quantile regression, regression discontinuities, as well as bootstrapping and Monte Carlo estimation.


Management


Offered by: Business Administration - Management
Program: PhD

This course provides students with a broad overview of the field of Organizational Behaviour. It aims to help students acquire deep knowledge about diverse topics in Organizational Behaviour by familiarizing them with foundational concepts and theories, emerging theoretical perspectives, and current empirical findings. Throughout the course, students will develop an original research idea with the goal of advancing knowledge on a specific topic in the field OB. The course format is designed to expose students to different scholarly perspectives on OB issues.

Offered by: Business Administration - Management
Program: PhD

This course examines and contrasts debates within Strategic Management. Readings are included from both established and emerging debates, engaging in both retrospective and forward views of strategy. Debates include divergent interpretations of scientific groundings of strategic management, foundations of strategic management, history of strategic management, resource theories, theories of competition, theories of top management team leadership and theories of the organization-external environment interface.

Offered by: Business Administration - Management
Program: PhD

This course provides students with knowledge of foundational and advanced topics related to the design of quantitative studies in management. It aims to help students acquire the skills to evaluate quantitative research and design rigorous quantitative studies. Major themes include: latent constructs and their measurement, reliability and validity in measurement, quantitative study designs, types of relations among variables, statistical significance, power, effect size, and meta-analysis. Throughout the course, students will critique published studies and learn about methodological choices they will face in their own research.

Offered by: Business Administration - Management
Program: PhD

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of traditional and advanced methods used in the field of management. It aims to help students acquire knowledge of diverse methods, understand the relationship between theory and method, and learn how to make appropriate choices in their research. Traditional methods such as grounded theory, case study research, common regression models for diverse dependent variables, and panel data analysis are covered, as well as selection of more advanced techniques. Throughout the course, students are exposed to different methodological approaches (both qualitative and quantitative) and will work on their own research projects.


Marketing


Offered by: Business Administration - Marketing
Program: PhD

This course offers a review of relevant managerial marketing issues and their repercussions on society and stakeholders. Students will learn how to develop an innovative approach to view complex business and societal problems into potential research programs considering ethical and societal welfare and understanding the complexities of business/organizational contexts. Topics covered in this course may vary.

Offered by: Business Administration - Marketing
Program: PhD

Understanding human behaviour is at the heart of the marketing function. This course examines behavioural approaches in understanding marketing phenomena rooted in several cognate disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, economics, neuroscience). Students will learn how to develop research programs within the broad field of behavioural marketing across many real-world contexts (e.g., consumer behaviour, advertising, branding, retailing). Topics covered in this course may vary.

Offered by: Business Administration - Marketing
Program: PhD

This course examines a broad range of data collection procedures and data analytic approaches used in marketing research and introduces students to the basics of empirical research, with an emphasis on survey and experimental approaches. It familiarizes students with the core assumptions underlying methodological approaches and the inferential value of different data and analytical results and allows students to develop skills to match research questions with appropriate methodological approaches. Students will have hands on experience with data analysis software. The course also exposes students to key tenets of research ethics and integrity relevant to each approach. Topics covered in this course may vary.

Offered by: Business Administration - Marketing
Program: PhD

The course offers a review of quantitative models and qualitative research methods relevant to marketing research in various substantive domains. This course familiarizes students with the application and interpretation of quantitative empirical models and emphasizes their use in and implications for theory testing and managerial practice; it also introduces students to qualitative research methods and highlights their use in theory development. Topics covered in this course may vary.


Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (SCBTM)


Offered by: Business Administration - Supply Chain Management, Business Technology Management and Business Analytics
Program: PhD

Students in this course explore big data, artificial intelligence concepts and algorithms with a major focus on business applications. Among others, the topics covered are search methods, knowledge representation and reasoning, decision making under uncertainty, and machine learning. Through hands-on projects in different functional areas of business, students are exposed to genetic algorithms, particle swarm optimization, artificial neural networks, ensemble learning, and deep learning including performance evaluation, error reduction and empirical validation. For a managerial problem identified, students conduct a review of relevant literature and implement an intelligent system using specialized software.

Offered by: Business Administration - Supply Chain Management, Business Technology Management and Business Analytics
Program: PhD

This research seminar is offered in three modules. The conceptual aspects of digital innovation, digitalization, and digital transformation are covered in Module I. Module II focuses on digital entrepreneurship and innovation. Individual and societal impacts of digital technologies and innovation are discussed in Module III. The main goals of this seminar are to: i) understand the research and managerial issues related to digital innovation, digital entrepreneurship, and individual and societal impacts of new technologies and innovations, ii) review the underlying theories in different disciplines such as management information systems, strategic management, entrepreneurship, and marketing, and iii) synthesize academic articles in order to identify major research and management themes within and across topics. The integrative coverage of topics provides students in various disciplines such as management information systems, management, marketing, and finance with the necessary knowledge to conduct conceptual and empirical research on inter-disciplinary topics in digital innovation.

Offered by: Business Administration - Supply Chain Management, Business Technology Management and Business Analytics
Program: PhD

The course provides an overview of how diffusion and adoption of emerging hard and soft technologies shape modern supply chain management. Adoption of these technologies results in a shift from the traditional linear and sequential supply chain operations towards interconnected, open system supply networks. How these advances impact the tenets of modern supply chain management are discussed in terms of, among others, operations planning, risk management, sourcing, and logistics. Hybrid learning mediums involving lectures, research article presentations, cases, games and / or guest lecturers are used for course delivery.

Offered by: Business Administration - Supply Chain Management, Business Technology Management and Business Analytics
Program: PhD

Special topics in supply chain management, business technology management and / or business analytics are covered. The specific course description is made available prior to the registration period.


Elective courses



Please note that all course listing on this page is subject to change and that the content of the seminars may vary from a year to another. Current students should consult the graduate calendar or refer to their program team at msc.jmsb@concordia.ca for the most updated information. 

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