PhD in Business

At Bentley, your research within the context of the PhD in Business program will probe some of the most compelling issues in business today, all under the interdisciplinary umbrella theme of business, technology and society.

Within this umbrella theme you can concentrate in any of the business disciplines, including:

  • Business Analytics
  • Economics
  • Information and Process Management (IPM)
  • Information Systems
  • Management (including Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Theory, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Business Ethics)
  • Marketing

The Bentley PhD in Business provides an interdisciplinary understanding of business and an in-depth knowledge in a particular chosen field.

There are five core subject-based courses that ensure every student has a broad based understanding of business from both an economic and a social perspective:

  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Information Systems
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Organizational Theory
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Students also get a broad based understanding of research methodologies from taking the following methodology courses:

  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods

In addition, students take specialized courses that fit with their particular research interests and career ambitions. For example:

  • If you want to work in an management department you might take specialized courses in micro- and macro-organizational behavior and then a course related to your specific dissertation area such as distributed innovation processes;
  • If you want to work in a marketing department you might take specialized courses in consumer behavior, brand management and then a course related to your specific dissertation area such as e-marketing;
  • If you want to work in an information systems department you might take specialized courses in the diffusion of IT, virtually distributed work, and Enterprise System implementation;
  • If you want to work in a Business Analytics department, i.e., focus on the analysis of data in support of business decisions you might take courses in modern quantitative methods and focus your research project on for example, very high frequency financial time series or the analyses of text data in relation to classifying customers.
  • The specialized courses are either taught as independent study classes or in small groups, depending on the number of students interested in a particular topic. Classes can also be taken at other local institutions where appropriate and agreed.

Examples of thematic courses that you might select include:

  • Technology and Organizational Change
  • Innovation and Knowledge Management
  • Privacy and Security
  • Information Strategy and Design
  • Digital Living and the Digital Divide
  • Innovation in Service Industries
  • E-Government
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Global Brand Marketing
  • Global Outsourcing
  • Information and Health Systems

The curriculum is designed to ensure that the academic program at Bentley provides an in-depth understanding of your chosen subject area as well as a broad appreciation of business in the context of the global economy. This grounding enables you to develop the philosophical underpinnings and the tools and techniques necessary to conduct quality business-relevant research.

Visit the curriculum and syllabi page to see sample syllabi, along with our four-year curriculum.

If you’re interested in applying, please contact Michael Quinn, PhD Program Director, for suggestions about faculty members who share your research interests.