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PhD in Business Administration


The John Molson PhD program requires commitment to a Specialization in order to allow students to develop the conceptual, analytical, and research skills required to make a significant contribution to their field of study.

Students in the PhD in Business Administration Program choose to concentrate in one of the five option areas:

Programs and faculty members in the Department of Accountancy adhere to rigorous quality standards of scholarly and teaching excellence.

Key Research Areas

Our faculty members possess wide-ranging areas of expertise. Current areas of research include:

  • financial statement analysis
  • incentive compensation management
  • ethics in accounting and auditing
  • performance measurement and reporting
  • balanced scorecards and costing systems in health care management
  • governance and financial reporting
  • value creation through IT investments
  • international accounting
Research Chairs

The School is host to the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Corporate Governance, as well as the Canada Research Chair in Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting, both of which organize research workshops throughout the year and finance numerous learning opportunities for PhD students.


Our faculty members have published extensively in a broad range of accounting and other journals, and several serve on the editorial boards of prestigious industry journals.

The Department of Finance offers a diverse and dynamic research environment. The broad range of faculty research interests ensures that doctoral students have the freedom to explore a wide variety of research topics.

Key Research Areas

Our faculty members’ areas of interest include:

  • corporate finance
  • investments
  • derivatives
  • risk management
  • international finance
  • portfolio management
  • real-estate finance
  • banking
  • family firms
Research Chairs

The department enjoys a close relationship with the local investment community and we are pleased to have two endowed chairs: the Ned Goodman Chair in Investment Finance, held by Dr. Lawrence Kryzanowski, and the Van Berkom Endowed Chair in Small-Cap Equities, held by Dr. Lorne Switzer.


Our faculty members have published in over 20 different journals, including:

  • the Journal of Financial Economics
  • the Review of Financial Studies
  • the Journal of Finance
  • the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
  • Real Estate Economics
  • the Journal of Banking and Finance
  • the Review of Economics and Statistics
  • the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control


Concordia University is a partner in the Institute for Governance in Private and Public Organizations and under its auspices, we host frequent seminars by leading academics in the area of governance.


Our John Dobson—Formula Growth Investment Room provides our doctoral students with access to a variety of current data resources such as Bloomberg, Datastream, SDC Platinum, Baseline and Ibbotson, in addition to the standard CRSP, Compustat and CFMRC databases.

The Department of Management is committed to developing highly skilled researchers with strong academic orientations. The main areas of concentration at the PhD level are Organizational Behaviour (including Human Resources) and Strategy, both broadly defined.

Key Research Areas

Some current research interests of the Organizational Behaviour (OB) faculty include:

  • stress
  • absenteeism
  • social networks
  • multi-source feedback
  • teamwork
  • occupational mental health
  • self-serving behaviour
  • personality
  • downsizing
  • cross-cultural issues

Some current research interests of the Strategy faculty include:

  • executive compensation
  • network theory
  • corporate governance
  • strategic alliances
  • privatization
  • ethics

Our faculty members have published in the top journals in the field of management and serve on many editorial boards. They are also active in professional associations, such as the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

The PhD in Marketing provides students with the skills to conduct original and independent research in the field of marketing. The program emphasizes building a solid theoretical foundation and familiarity with the methods and tools required to conduct scientific research.

The breadth of expertise of faculty members in the Department of Marketing, coupled with their eagerness to mentor doctoral students, allow our PhD candidates to customize the program to suit their individual interests and needs.

Key Research Areas

Some of the diverse research interests of our faculty members include:

  • consumer behaviour
  • product and services management
  • international marketing
  • new product and services development
  • business-to-business marketing
  • brand management
  • electronic marketing
  • distribution channels
  • advertising

Currently, our faculty members are involved in research projects dealing with:

  • culture and its relationship to consumer behaviour
  • the measurement of perceptions and preferences
  • antecedents and consequences of pleasure and how they affect consumer decisions
  • brand identity
  • evolutionary psychology as it applies to consumer behaviour
  • the development of global services
  • relationship marketing
  • small business management
  • entrepreneurship in ethnic communities
  • the manufacturing and marketing interface
  • the marketing of high technology products
  • preference revision in group decision making
  • applications of hierarchical modeling to various marketing phenomena
  • gift giving and ethical behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry
  • direct to consumer advertising

The Department of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management offers a PhD program specializing in the areas of:

Business Analytics

Business Analytics involves the collection, organization, and analysis of data to identify patterns, trends and relationships that can help businesses gain insights and make informed decisions. Students specializing in the area of Business Analytics can focus their research on the Development and Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and Machine Learning Models on a variety of topics in Business, Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, Public Health and Policy, and Biomedical Engineering.

Business Technology Management

Students specializing in Business Technology Management delve into an array of captivating research areas that explore the design and influence of information technology in both business and societal realms. The focal points of their research encompass a broad spectrum, including but not limited to:

  • IT governance
  • strategic management of IT
  • the impact of IT on individuals and society
  • the dark side of IT
  • design science and the design of information technologies
  • human-computer interaction
  • electronic markets
  • decision support systems
  • open content and open source software
  • business intelligence
  • intelligent systems
  • Digital Platforms
  • Digital Strategy
  • Digital Innovation
  • Digital Ecosystems
  • Digitalization and Social Impact
  • Digital and Societal Transformation
  • digital entrepreneurship
  • system development methodologies
  • the measurement and evaluation of information system performance
Supply Chain Management

Students specializing in the area of Supply Chain Management can focus on an array of research areas that explore various aspects of operations and supply chain management from both modelling and empirical methodological perspectives. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Competition and Cooperation in Supply Chains
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • OM-Marketing Interface
  • Production Scheduling and Planning
  • Revenue Management
  • Service Operations
  • Supply Chain Design
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Sustainable Operations.
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