Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2011/2012)
28.23 Management
  • Professor and Dean
  • W. Zerbe
  • Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Programs)
  • L. Bauer
  • Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
  • J. Parsons

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management is offered in the Faculty of Business Administration. The designation refers to management in the broad context. The Degree will offer specializations corresponding to functional areas in management. The Degree currently is offered with specializations in: (I) operations and information management, and (ii) organizational behaviour and human resources management.

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management is offered by full-time study to qualified candidates. The General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and the Degree Regulations of the Faculty of Business Administration outlined below, will apply.

28.23.1 Admission to the Ph.D. Program

Admission is limited and competitive. General qualifications for admission to the Ph.D. Programs at Memorial University of Newfoundland are set out under General Regulations, Qualifications for Admission. Applicants from all disciplines will be considered.

  • In addition, applicants must have completed the GMAT with a minimum score of 600 (or GRE with a combined score of 1100).
28.23.2 Supervisory Committee

Until a supervisory committee has been formed, the Ph.D. Program Director will be the designated advisor of each Ph.D. student. Each candidate will have a supervisory committee consisting of three or more members, at least two of whom shall be members of the Faculty of Business Administration. The thesis Supervisor shall be a doctorally qualified faculty member in the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland, having a recent (past five years) research track record suitable to provide research supervision at the Ph.D. level. The supervisory committee will be appointed no later than the end of the first year of studies.

Students are encouraged to find a Supervisor within the first year of the program and, together with the Supervisor, find the remaining committee members by the time all required courses are completed.

28.23.3 Components of Study
28.23.3.1 Courses

Students are required to complete successfully a program of courses, normally over the first two years of the program. Students without an adequate background in the functional areas of business may be required to take additional breadth courses. Such determination will be made by the Ph.D. Admission Committee when a student is accepted into the program.

    • Required for all Specializations
    • Philosophy 6015 Theory of Knowledge
    • Business 9901 Approaches to Management Research
    • One of
    • Business 9902 Modelling Methods in Management Research
    • Business 9903 Quantitative Methods in Management Research*
    • Business 9904 Qualitative Methods in Management Research**
    • Business 9901 is to be completed before any of Business 9902, 9903, 9904 is attempted.
  1. Graduate Research Integrity Program (non-credit)

*Alternatively, students may elect to take Education 6467 if Business 9903 is not offered in a particular year, on the approval of the Ph.D. Program Director.

**Alternatively, students may elect to take Education 6466 if Business 9904 is not offered in a particular year, on the approval of the Ph.D. Program Director.

Operations and Information Management (OIM) Specialization Courses

In addition to the above-noted courses required for all specializations, the following courses are required for the Operations and Information Management specialization:

  • Business 9910 Optimization
  • Business 9911 Data and Process Models in Information Systems Development
  • Business 9912 Probabilistic Models
  • Business 9913 Human-Computer Interaction and Decision Support Systems
  • Business 9914 Supply Chains: Models and Management
  • Business 9915 Electronic Commerce
  • Business 991A/B Seminar in Operations and Information Management Research A/B
  • Business 9917 Special Topics in Operations Management
  • Business 9918 Special Topics in Information Systems
Recommended Sequence for Operations and Information Management (OIM) Specialization Table

Semester

Courses

  • Year 1, Fall
  • Philosophy 6015 Theory of Knowledge
  • BUSI 9901 Approaches to Management Research
  • BUSI 9910 Optimization
  • BUSI 9911 Data and Process Models in Information Systems Development
  • Year 1, Winter
  • BUSI 9902 (Modelling), 9903 (Quantitative), or 9904 (Qualitative) Methods in Management Research
  • BUSI 9912 Probabilistic Models
  • BUSI 9913 Human-Computer Interaction and Decision Support Systems
  • Graduate Research Integrity Program (non-credit)

Year 1, Spring

Summer Research Project

  • Year 2, Fall
  • BUSI 9914 Supply Chain: Models and Management
  • BUSI 9915 Electronic Commerce
  • BUSI 991A Seminar in Operations and Information Management Research (Part A)
  • Graduate Program in Teaching (Recommended (non-credit))
  • Year 2, Winter
  • BUSI 991B Seminar in Operations and Information Management Research (Part B)
  • BUSI 9917 Special Topics in Operations Management
  • BUSI 9918 Special Topics in Information Systems

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management Specialization Courses

In addition to the above-noted courses required for all specializations, the following courses are required for the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management specialization.

  1. Required courses:

    • Business 9920 Foundations in Organizational Behaviour
    • Business 9921 Foundations in Human Resources Management
    • Business 9922 Foundations in Industrial Relations
    • Business 9923 Foundations in Organization Theory

    Note:

    Waivers shall not be granted in the Ph.D. program for previously completed course work at either the undergraduate or master’s level.

  2. Four of:

    • Business 9924 Current Issues in Organizational Behaviour
    • Business 9925 Current Issues in Human Resources Management
    • Business 9926 Current Issues in Industrial Relations
    • Business 9927 Current Issues in Organizational Theory
    • Business 9928 Special Topics in Organizational Behaviour/Organization Theory
    • Business 9929 Special Topics in Human Resources Management/Industrial Relations
    • Any other graduate course subject to the approval of the Supervisor
Recommended Sequence for Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management Specialization Table

Semester

Courses

Year 1, Fall

  • Philosophy 6015 Theory of Knowledge
  • BUSI 9901 Approaches to Management Research
  • BUSI 9920 Foundations of Organizational Behaviour
  • BUSI 9921 Foundations of Human Resources Management

Year 1, Winter

  • BUSI 9902 (Modelling), 9903 (Quantitative), or 9904 (Qualitative) Methods in Management Research
  • BUSI 9922 Foundations of Industrial Relations
  • BUSI 9923 Foundations of Organization Theory
  • Graduate Research Integrity Program (non-credit)

Year 1, Spring

Summer Research Project

Year 2, Fall

  • Two of: BUSI 9924, 9925, 9926, 9927, 9928, 9929** or any other graduate course subject to the approval of the Supervisor
  • Graduate Program in Teaching (Recommended (non-credit))

Year 2, Winter

Two of: BUSI 9924, 9925, 9926, 9927, 9928, 9929** or any other graduate course subject to the approval of the Supervisor

** Offerings subject to scheduling

28.23.3.2 Summer Research Project

During the first summer in the program, students will complete a research project under the supervision of a qualified faculty member in the area of specialization. Projects must be presented in the course BUSI 991B Seminar in Operations and Information Management Research during the second year of the program or an equivalent course in other specializations.

28.23.3.3 Comprehensive Examination

Students shall undertake a mandatory written comprehensive examination, following General Regulation Comprehensive Examinations, Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination, which sets out the procedures for the comprehensive examination.

In addition:

  1. A candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Management shall normally take the written Comprehensive Examination by the end of the seventh semester of the program. The candidate must have successfully completed all required courses prior to writing the Comprehensive Examination. The scope of the Comprehensive Examination will be determined by the Examining Committee (as defined in General Regulation Comprehensive Examinations, Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination) under the guidance of the Supervisory Committee.

  2. A list of topics/areas for the Comprehensive Examination will be provided to the student no later than three months prior to the date of the examination.

  3. The written examination will take place in three phases over a one-week period.

  4. Based on the results of the written examination, the Examining Committee may schedule a supplementary oral examination on any topics covered on the written examination. The oral examination request must be made to the Dean within two weeks of completion of the written examination. The oral examination, if any, must take place within six weeks of completion of the written examination.

  5. The scheduling of the Comprehensive Examination will be initiated by the student’s Supervisor who will notify the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. The date of the written examination will be determined by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The student will be provided with written notice of the scheduled dates of the written examinations. In the case of oral examinations, requests will be initiated by the Examining Committee or the student (as described above in 4.) through the School of Graduate Studies.

28.23.3.4 Ph.D. Thesis Regulations
  1. The candidate must submit a thesis proposal to all members of the Supervisory Committee for evaluation and approval by the end of the eighth semester of the program. Within one month of submitting the proposal, the Candidate will give a public oral presentation of the proposal, attended by the Committee. The presentation will provide the Committee and others in attendance with an opportunity to raise questions about the proposal research. Immediately following the presentation, the Supervisory Committee will meet to assess the proposal. Assessment will result in one of the following three outcomes: (1) accept; (2) accept with changes; or (3) reject. The results of this assessment will be provided to the student following the meeting. Assessments of accept with changes or reject will be accompanied by written comments within one week of the proposal presentation.

  2. If the proposal is rejected, the candidate will be permitted a second proposal. This proposal must be submitted and deemed acceptable by the Supervisory Committee within four months of the original proposal presentation. Failure to resubmit within this time period will lead to termination of the candidate’s program.

  3. The Ph.D. thesis will constitute an independent and original research contribution.

  4. The Ph.D. thesis will be evaluated according to the process established in General Regulation Theses and Reports, Evaluation of Ph.D. Theses governing the School of Graduate Studies.