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Management - Designing Sustainable Systems, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Cleveland Heights, OH, United States
The Weatherhead School of Management’s PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program offers an extension to the Doctor of Management for those who wish to reorient their careers to formally pursue positions as academic researchers and scholars.
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Students admitted to this transdisciplinary track will devote an additional year to research and seminar-format study to expand their research portfolio. The Designing Sustainable Systems track allows for focused, rigorous and independent study that meets the requirements of the PhD in Management degree at a major research university. This track represents a new model of doctoral education in management. It takes a broader, evidence-based approach to management issues. Research incorporates perspectives from new thinking about design, sustainability and complex systems as they relate to management in a global environment.

Although transdisciplinary research is the main focus of the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program, candidates are also expected to be grounded in a disciplinary field as demonstrated by successfully passing a comprehensive examination. Students are responsible for reading seminal works throughout their course of study in the DM program and the Designing Sustainable Systems track leading to a grounding in their chosen discipline such as marketing, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, organizational behavior or strategy.

Weatherhead is once again at the forefront of innovation in doctoral education in management by offering the first residency-based PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program, intended to create an arena for promoting evidence-based management and preparing experienced executives for careers in research universities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    18 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Global Economic Systems and Issues
  • Advanced Analytical Methods for Generalizing Research

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Only candidates in the Doctor of Management (DM) program are eligible to apply
  • Official CWRU transcript
  • Answers to four essay questions in the online application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)-International students require evidence of financial support for studies

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