Program Overview

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management)

The primary objective of the Sobey Ph.D. Program is to develop successful researchers for academe, the public sector and private industry. The program focuses on the behavioural and structural aspects of organizations and management, and encompasses areas of study that include Management, Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Theory, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, and Industrial/Labour Relations.

The program is designed to be completed in 48 months. Coursework can be completed within 15 months of enrollment, and comprehensive exams must be completed no later than 28 months into the program. The remaining time in the program will vary depending on the nature of the dissertation research.

The program comprises three inter-related elements; coursework, comprehensive examinations and dissertation.

The Structure and Focus of the Sobey PhD (Management)

“The St. Mary's Ph.D. in Business Administration is . . . highly effective [in] building a strong understanding ofa variety of philosophies underlying management theorizing and an appreciation of multiple paradigmatic approaches to management scholarship, such as positivist, critical and feminist approaches. This feature of the program is a great strength and rather unique within a North American context.” External Review of the Sobey PhD (Management), November, 2011.

The Sobey doctoral program is innovative both in its design and its primary target market. The program is structured to enable current faculty to spend summer sessions completing the program full-time while assuming a part-time student role for the remainder of the year. Most noteworthy . . . is the success in placing graduates from the program and the high number of publications, an average of nine at time of graduation." AACSB Review, 2009.

The Sobey PhD (Management) offers an innovative structure and curriculum to those looking for a career in high level research, administration, consulting and policy making positions. Classes are scheduled in May and June of each of the first two years of the program. Students are exposed to a range of approaches to managing and organizing and develop a high level of methodological skills. The program is taught by an internationally known Faculty that encourage and support a culture of research and teaching excellence. As a result, our graduates are successful in gaining academic positions across Canada and beyond.

A central part of the program’s focus is to develop professionals with an excellent understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and appreciation of a range of philosophical approaches to managing and organizing. This unique, multi-paradigmatic approach exposes students to debates across management and organization studies. Alongside issues in (positivist) scientific research, students are asked to consider the impact on management research of other selected (postpositivist) systems of thought (e.g., feminism and critical management studies). This contributes to our aim of producing well-rounded graduates capable of understanding a range of methodological issues and their relationship to research outcomes.

Another important aspect of the program’s focus is the development of a strong culture of research. This develops out of student interactions with leading faculty that builds on assignments and student research that normally lead to international, national and local scholarly presentations and publications. This contributes to our goal of developing enthusiastic, research experienced, and well-published graduates who are eminently employable and capable of making an impact on business research in Canada and beyond.

A third element of the program’s focus is the development of an internationally known and respected PhD program. This involves the utilization of a unique team of leading scholars who work with students to develop their ideas for presentation, and publication. Through a program of invited speakers, students are exposed to cutting edge ideas from some of the leading scholars in the field of management and organization studies.

Program Approval and Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business -- International (AACSB)

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Committee (MPHEC)

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