Management, Ph.D.

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The aim of the PhD Program in Management is to enable students to excel as researchers in the international academic arena. The program is full time and it typically lasts between four and five years. In the first two years, students take a comprehensive set of doctoral courses taught by USI faculty members and invited lecturers who are recognized as leaders in their field of research.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Theory courses (3 ECTS each):

  • Foundations of Organization Theory
This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental research programs that
currently populate the organization field (taught by Faculty or externals)
  • Advanced Topics in Organization Theory: Organization Ecology
Expose the students to the most recent findings and theoretical developments in
Organization Ecology (taught by Faculty or externals)
  • Advanced Topics in Organization Theory: Institutional Theory
Expose the students to the most recent findings and theoretical developments in Institutional
Theory (taught by Faculty)
  • Foundations of Strategic Management
This course explores current research on business strategy. The foundations of the field and
selected topics in corporate strategy will be covered (taught by Faculty or externals)

Methods courses (3 ECTS each):

  • Research Design and Methods
Problems of research design, data collection, data management, and the selection of
analytical techniques (taught by Faculty)
  • Multivariate Regression and Instrumental Variables
This course is designed to provide students with a solid overview of advanced topics in
regression analysis. The goal is to teach them how to produce an empirical paper in
business research using quantitative data (taught by Faculty or externals)
  • Panel Data and Limited Dependent Variables
Students are introduced to panel data. The specific models to be discussed are the normal
general linear model, logit and probit models for binary and ordinal dependent variables,
discrete choice models for multiple alternatives, event count models (Essex summer school)
  • Network Analysis for the Study of Organizations
The students are introduced to network analysis and review the papers in the field that
employed this approach (taught by Faculty or externals)

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

In processing applications for admission to the PhD programme please note the following:

The Facultys 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 Deans 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 Deans Office.

Tuition Fee


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