The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill, renowned worldwide for cutting-edge research, offers a Ph.D. Program in Management where outstanding students conduct fundamental research at the frontiers of management knowledge and practice.
With the collaboration of faculty and industry leaders, the program prepares students to become autonomous researchers, whose teaching, publications and consulting activities contribute to leading universities and organizations around the world.
The Desautels Ph.D. program participates in a joint doctoral program that brings together the four leading Montreal universities (HEC-Montreal, Concordia, UQAM, and McGill). As a result, students gain access to the rich doctoral offerings from other universities and are expected to include professors from other universities on their committees.
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Areas of specialization
Before entering the Ph.D. in Management Program at Desautels, students must select an area of specialization from one of the following or from a combination thereof:
Strategy and Organization
The Ph.D. specialization in Accounting focuses on issues related to the use of accounting information by various users (i.e., investors, financial analysts), the effect of regulations and of changes in accounting practices and theory. These include financial reporting and disclosure, management accounting and control systems, and auditing.
The Ph.D. specialization in Finance prepares students for research-oriented academic careers. While students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, the typical student holds an undergraduate or a master degree in economics, finance, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or physics.
The objectives of the Ph.D. specialization in Information Systems (IS) are to promote theoretical and applied research on topics related to information systems practice with a combined focus on scientific rigor and relevance.
The Ph.D. specialization in Marketing is concerned with the behavior of consumers, competitors and intermediaries, and the outcomes of their decisions as they relate to the performance of firms and brands. An interdisciplinary field, marketing relies considerably on fields such as psychology, economics, statistics, and sociology to develop theory and methodology.
The Ph.D. specialization in Operations Management is typically characterized by a blend of theoretical and applied research. In addition to the Management Science Research Center of McGill, the area members are affiliated with two main inter-University research centers, GÉRAD and CIRRELT.
The fundamental objective of the Ph.D. specialization in Organizational Behaviour is to train world-class researchers in this field. The term "organizational behavior" refers to a collection of theory and research that focuses on individual and group attitudes, cognitions and behaviors in organizations.
Strategy and Organization
The Ph.D. specialization in Strategy and Organization is designed to train students in the theory and methods of strategy and organization. Desautels is renowned for its process approach to strategy – a focus on the dynamics through which strategies emerge and are realized in organizations, and the particular concepts and methodologies for studying the dynamics of strategic change.