The program's primary focus is on independent inquiry, research methodology, and publication of research results. Students work closely with their PhD advisor, other faculty members, and fellow students. An internationally recognized PhD faculty and the small class size guarantee that all students benefit from the attention and expertise of experienced, research-active scholars.
Conferral of the title of PhD depends on successful completion of academic courses as well as on successful defense of an original PhD thesis. PhD theses may focus on any of a wide range of management-related research topics. These may include organizational learning, decision making, organizational survival and adaptation, intra- and inter-organizational networks, organizational status and identity, authority and power structures, organizational change and innovation, and others.
Theory courses (3 ECTS each):
Methods courses (3 ECTS each):
In processing applications for admission to the PhD programme please note the following:
The Faculty’s Regulations for the PhD Degree, including the latest amendments approved by
the Faculty Council on 24 November 2010, apply throughout;
A candidate seeking to register for PhD studies must in the first instance define his/her admission
with the thesis director, and subsequently submit a formal application to the director of studies
for the appropriate area of specialisation;
Candidates must apply in writing: email submissions are not accepted;
The application file must include the following documents: all previous relevant degree
certificates, a curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation signed by the Faculty professor who
has undertaken to act as a thesis supervisor; and an outline of the PhD study programme
which the candidate intends to fulfil or has already completed;
All degree/diploma certificates must be submitted in the original official language of the awarding
Degree/Diploma certificates in a foreign language other than French, German, or English must
be translated into Italian or English and authenticated by a Swiss representative office abroad
(Embassy or Consulate) or by a Swiss notarypublic;
The director of studies for the appropriate area of specialisation examines the application and
drafts an assessment, which is then forwarded to the Dean’s Office for a formal final check;
The Dean has the final say on admissions, based on the assessment of the director of studies
concerned and on the formal check of the Dean’s Office.
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