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. Students enrolled in the PhD program also have an opportunity to attend elective courses from partner institutions in Switzerland and Europe.
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.
The ideal candidate has demonstrated an outstanding academic performance, is genuinely passionate about research, and is highly perseverant. He or she is motivated to pursue an international academic career.