The Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a major in Management in the Pamplin College of Business is dedicated to developing the next generation of research faculty at top academic institutions. Our core mission is to produce doctoral graduates who have the knowledge, skills and abilities to function as independent researchers and teachers who are capable of earning tenure as faculty members at research institutions.
Our approach to doctoral education is unique, we emphasize preparation of students in ways that allow them to understand and address the whole organization, from the study of individuals and groups within organizations to how they operate strategically in the larger business environment.
Our program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address the critical and complex questions faced by organizations today, those that require expertise that cuts across the boundaries of current organizational research disciplines. One of the core strengths of our program is the possibility for the students to integrate micro and macro literatures to examine the phenomena of their research interest. Our curriculum emphasizes a solid foundation in strategic management, organization theory, organizational behavior, human resources management, and ethics and social responsibility. Students develop a solid understanding of management through four core management courses, and then they specialize in any of these areas based on their research interests. In addition, students acquire and develop skills in research design, measurement, and statistical analysis that will allow them to be effective, independent researchers for their academic careers.
Our doctoral students engage in close and collegial research collaboration with our faculty who are highly respected nationally and internationally based on their research excellence. The student-faculty research collaborations continue years after the students' graduation from the program. Our faculty has a strong commitment to teaching and Ph.D. mentoring. That commitment is shown in a vibrant curriculum and steady increases in the productivity of our graduate students. We view a doctoral education as the foundation for lifelong learning. We develop excellence in our students so that they can make significant scholarly contributions throughout their careers.
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