DBA Program

AREAS

DBA program provides students with fundamental knowledge about the science of management with a special focus on research methods, including quantitative/qualitative methods and eight different areas.

Key research areas

Financial reporting
Auditing
Management Control
Executive Compensation

Selected research questions

What is the effect of managers’ choices on financial reporting?

Key research areas

Opportunity
Informal Businesses
Organizational Evolution
Decision-Making
Investors
Innovation
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Family Firms
Social Entrepreneurship

Selected research questions

What drives entrepreneurial activity by those at the base of the pyramid?
How human factors influence the evolution of organizations?
How multiple venture signals affect decisions of public investors?
What makes corporate innovation efforts successful?
How family owners make strategic decisions under uncertainty?
How to create a business that successfully achieves both economic performance and social value?

Key research areas

Asset pricing
Banking
Capital Markets and Investments
Firms
Valuation and Performance
Corruption
Political Economy

Selected reserch questions

How does the context of optimal contract theory impact the analysis of compensation structures for mutual fund managers?
What are the effects of managerial decisions, ownership structure, corporate governance, and firm characteristics on valuation and stock market performance of public companies?

Key research areas

Leadership
Careers
Blended workforce
Power and Influence
Team Dynamics
Social Networks
Organizational Change
Regulatory Focus
Online Learning
Organizational Structure and Processes
Managerial Decision Making
Ethical Behavior
Motivation
Emotions
Turnover
Organizational Performance

Selected research questions

What are the effects of social mechanisms on learning, worker performance, and employee retention?
What are the drivers of top executive career success, and how have top executive careers changed in the past 30 years?
What is the effect of online learning technologies and online learning innovations on corporate development practices?
How do followers experience organizational change, and how can leaders motivate, engage, and galvanize followers during this process?
What individual- and organization-level factors drive unethical behaviors, prosocial and giving behaviors, and advice-taking behaviors?

Key research areas

Information Assurance and Security
IT Outsourcing
Sharing Economy
Digital Transformation
Machine Learning and Market Mechanisms
Big Data

Selected research questions

How security, risk and trust influence today’s digital world?
What is the influence of organizational networks of IT outsourcing firms?
How to design electric vehicle charging algorithms and market mechanisms applicable to smart grids?

Key research areas

Consumer Behavior
Judgment and Decision-Making
Branding
Goal-Directed Behavior
Corporate Social Responsibility
Social Networks
Impact of Economic Cycles on Consumer Behavior
Marketing Models
Sensory Marketing

Selected research questions

What are the cognitive and affective underpinnings of goal-directed behavior?
How do they differ for various goal types?
What biases do consumers display when making decisions?
What are the effects of corporate social responsibility on consumer perceptions and sales?
How do tactics in branding influence consumers’ perceptions, attitudes, and emotions under various circumstances?
When and why do such strategies backfire?
How do specific visuals, textures, odors, sounds, and imagery change the way we think about brands and products?
Do individual interactions, both within and across groups, affect diffusion of innovative products and their performance?

Key research areas

New Product and Service Innovation
Knowledge-intensive operations
Retail Operations
Healthcare Operations
Decision-Making and Risk Analysis
Global Supply Chain Management

Selected research questions

How to manage geographically dispersed operations effectively?
When can operations be a source of innovation?
How does digitalization and big data affect operations design, strategy, and performance?
How do managers make decisions under risk and uncertainty?
How can organizations operationally mitigate financial and supply chain risks?

Key research areas

Competitive Strategy in Platform Markets
M&A and Diversification,
Innovation Strategy
International Business
Strategic Alliances
Social Categories and Market Structure

Selected research questions

How to compete in platform markets?
When does corporate diversification create value?
What is the impact of product-market categories on firm organization and strategy?
How/when do firms profit from innovation?
How to design the strategy of a multinational company?
How do firms benefit strategically from interfirm collaborations (alliances, M&A)?

STRUCTURE

  • YEAR 1

    OCT-FEB                                                       MAR-JUL
    Quantitative Methods I                                   Quantitative Methods II
    Research Methods                                            Qualitative Methods
    Organizational Theory                                    Strategy
    Paper Crafting

  • YEAR 2

    OCT-FEB
    Electives 
    Quantitative Methods III
    Ethics and Humanities
    Thesis Proposal Workshop
    Research Project

  • Comprehensive Exams

    This examination will be taken, after the first year and a half. The examination will last three days and will cover those topics defined as Core or major, minor and methodology. The exam will be set and evaluated by the professors of the subjects.

  • YEAR 3 & 4

    This period is formally devoted to work on research leading to the student’s doctoral dissertation. The program is completed after successful submission and defense of the dissertation.

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