Graduate School; Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

College of Business adds Strategic Management Ph.D. track


The College of Business is adding to its arsenal of Ph.D. offerings. The Department of Management has added Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior as a third business administration doctoral track.

Strategic Management Ph.D., Simsek
Zeki Simsek

The new, five-year program is for full-time, on campus students, and joins the Department of Management’s two other tracks in business administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management and Management Information Systems.

“We aspire to develop skilled scholars and effective teachers who are professionally competitive for placement at leading research universities around the world,” said Zeki Simsek, professor and Gressette Chair of Business Strategy and Planning, who is coordinating the new doctoral track. “Faculty holding positions in strategic management, organizational behavior and entrepreneurship enjoy autonomy, impactful research, high salaries, and the opportunity to teach and engage with business leaders and talented students.”

Simsek said the Department of Management has recruited three doctoral candidates for its first class.

“We are purposely keeping the class small to ensure an ideal environment for high interaction between faculty and the students,” Simsek said. “The program emphasizes intensive faculty collaboration, flexibility in a portfolio of coursework, and timely completion of the degree.”

Management has the highest student enrollment of all departments within the College of Business. In addition to an undergraduate degree and its three Ph.D. tracks, the department offers a master’s degree. It also has the highest number of faculty members in the business school with 39.

“The Department of Management has an internationally recognized faculty with diverse research, teaching professional, and consulting experience,” said Simsek. “The department has an outstanding reputation for its broad-based, interdisciplinary programs in management.”

Faculty in the Program are research oriented, actively shape the field’s scholarly conversations, and publish and hold positions at top academic journals.

“We have an esteemed group of faculty who have won teaching awards at a variety of levels. Academic rigor and teaching excellence are our top priorities in the Department of Management,” Simsek said.

Questions regarding admissions and process should be directed to Janis Miller, graduate coordinator For questions about the program, contact professor Zeki Simsek

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