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Vol 39  No 6
Nov. 23, 2006




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New PhD program in business
by Meaghan Whelan

The Faculty of Business Administration is moving forward with plans for a PhD in management after receiving approval from Senate on Nov. 14.

The program, expected to start in September 2007, will prepare students for academic careers in research and teaching, as well as for specialized research positions in industry. Career opportunities in academia are expected to be particularly strong for many years to come, as a large group of faculty in North American universities will retire in the next five to 10 years.

The PhD in management marks an important milestone in the faculty’s development. “In recent years, the level and quality of research undertaken by our faculty members has increased significantly,” said Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, associate dean (research) for the faculty.

“Launching a PhD program is the next natural step for the faculty in the development of a strong intellectual environment in which knowledge discovery through research informs knowledge dissemination in our existing academic programs.”

Based on the faculty’s current areas of research strength, the program will initially specialize in Operations and Information Management. Faculty members in these areas are involved in a range of high-quality research on topics such as supply chain management, electronic commerce, and information systems development methods. Specializations in Human Resource Management and Financial Management are planned for subsequent years.

More information about the program structure will be available in the coming weeks at


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