Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2015/2016)
32.23 Management

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  • Professor and Dean
  • W. Zerbe

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: (1) operations and information management, and (2) 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.

32.23.1 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:

  1. Quantitative and qualitative competency are required as evidenced by an acceptable balanced GMAT (minimum score of 600) (or a minimum GRE score of 302).

  2. An applicant who did not complete a Master’s degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or Internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Service at www.ets.org. IELTS information is available at www.ielts.org. It is noted that other equivalent tests acceptable to the School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

32.23.2 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.

32.23.3 Components of Study
32.23.3.1 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 Graduate Research Programs 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. In exceptional cases Business 9901 may be completed concurrently with 9902, 9903 or 9904, with approval from the Director of the Program and the Supervisor.

*Alternatively, students may elect to take an equivalent quantitative methods graduate course on the approval of the Ph.D. Program Director and the Supervisor.

**Alternatively, students may elect to take an equivalent qualitative methods graduate course on the approval of the Ph.D. Program Director and the Supervisor.

Note:

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

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 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
  • Year 1
  • Spring

Summer Research Project

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

Notes:

  1. * Students who are planning to specialize in Information Systems can substitute appropriate graduate courses for BUSI 9914 and 9917 on the approval of the Director of the Program and the Supervisor.

  2. ** Students who are planning to specialize in Operations Management can substitute appropriate graduate courses for BUSI 9915 and 9918 on the approval of the Director of the Program and the Supervisor.

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 9924 Current Issues in Organizational Behaviour
    • Business 9925 Current Issues in Human Resources Management
  2. Four of:

    • Business 9922 Foundations in Industrial Relations
    • Business 9923 Foundations in Organizational Theory
    • Business 9926 Current Issues in Industrial Relations
    • Business 9927 Current Issues in Organizational Theory
    • Business 9928-9939 Special Topics in Organizational Behaviour/Human Resources Management
  • Any other graduate course subject to the Director of the Program and 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
  • Business 9924 Current Issues in Organizational Behaviour
  • Business 9925 Current Issues in Human Resources Management
  • Year 1
  • Spring

Summer Research Project

  • Year 2
  • Fall
  • Two of: BUSI 9922, 9923, 9926, 9927, 9928-9939** or any other graduate course subject to the approval of the Supervisor (** Offerings subject to scheduling)
  • Graduate Program in Teaching (Recommended (non-credit))
  • Year 2
  • Winter

Two of: BUSI 9922, 9923, 9926, 9927, 9928-9939** or any other graduate course subject to the approval of the Supervisor (** Offerings subject to scheduling)

32.23.3.2 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 at a Faculty of Business Administration research seminar during the second year of the program.

32.23.3.3 Research Seminar Participation

Students are expected to attend research seminars offered by the Faculty of Business Administration in their discipline. Presentation of student conference papers where the Faculty of Business Administration funds travel is expected at a Faculty of Business Administration research seminar. In addition, students may be requested to present their work at other Faculty seminars where and when feasible.

32.23.3.4 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 or designate. 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.

32.23.3.5 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.