In the Bentley University PhD in Business program, your research will probe some of today’s most compelling issues, all under the interdisciplinary umbrella themes of business, technology and society. Personalize your studies by concentrating in any of the business disciplines, including Business Analytics, Information and Process Management, Information Systems, Management (including Organizational Behavior, International Business,Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Theory, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Business Ethics and others), and Marketing.
Within your chosen discipline you would then pursue research that fits within the business, technology and society thematic. Please visit our Research Page to find additional information about our concentration areas and research being conducted by the departments.
Curriculum and Syllabi
From day one, you’ll team up with a supervisor who acts as a mentor throughout your program of study. The Bentley curriculum is designed to ensure you gain both 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.
Recent Business Electives
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Independent Summer Course (Year 1)
Qualitative Research Methods II
Quantitative Analysis III
Quantitative Analysis IV
Quantitative Analysis V
Courses by Year
Independent Summer Course
Active Teacher Training and Observation
Years 3, 4 & 5*
Year 3: Teaching assignment (normally one course per semester)
Year 4: Teaching assignment and PhD Candidate' status obtained upon submission and defense of the dissertation proposal.
Year 5: Teaching assignment and dissertation submitted and examined. The PhD is awarded upon successful defense of the Dissertation.
(*Year 3- 5 is a sample timeline, details will vary based on a 4 or 5 year completion plan.)
Current Students and Candidates
Current students and candidates are listed by disciplines.
Zefeng Bai: portfolio optimization; market volatility; mathematical finance; statistical modeling
Olga Biedova: business analytics; financial mathematics; portfolio optimization
Joseph Dery (PhD Candidate): analytics; data science; data mining
Nitin Jain: options pricing
Fernanda Maciel: data mining; predictive modeling; decision making
Funda Sarican: business analytics
Chao Wang: business analytics
Ying Wang: music analytics; music plagiarism
INFORMATION AND PROCESS MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Wenxiu (Vince) Nan (PhD Candidate): digital innovation; value creation in digital platform; crowdfunding
Naeimah (Naomi) Alkhurafi (PhD Candidate): international entrepreneurship; women entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship and institutions; global strategy
Quinn Coen (Center for Women in Business Fellow): careers equity in the workforce; bias/discrimination intervention
Sami Ghaddar (Geneen Fellow): corporate governance; board refreshment; board gender diversity; corporate social performance
Roman Kurdyukov (Geneen Fellow): corporate social responsibility; business & society; strategy
Vasilia Vasiliou (Center for Women in Business Fellow)& (PhD Candidate): corporate culture; leadership; career barriers that women face; gender diversity and corporate boards
Joanna Walton: career transitions; gender issues in the workforce
Tyler Wasson: business ethics; international business; entrepreneurship; small business management