PhD in Management (English)

PhD in Management (English)

The PhD Program’s mission is to educate students from across the globe who aspire to become scholars and make new contributions to the management field. We bring together our first-class faculty and cutting-edge research methods in an immersive, exciting study environment, where the next generation of management scholars can refine their expertise. Our PhD program combines highly relevant and structured training in the first two years with close mentorship from a team of supervisors to help students cultivate their research skills for pioneering interdisciplinary social science research. With our Istanbul location, generous funding opportunities (including a fee waiver and stipend) and powerful commitment, we are dedicated to support and stimulate our doctoral students in a multi-cultural environment to realize their full potential.

While the PhD Program provides solid training in the theory and methods of various fields of management, it also allows the students to get involved into applying the theory into practice. Apart from rigorous course work covering strategic management, organizational theory and behavior, operations management, students gain hands-on experience in the research process through working with faculty members on research projects from the early stages of their study. In this respect, we conduct interdisciplinary social science research that has a profound impact on the way the world does business. Thus, the Program offers students a highly stimulating learning environment to be influential on the future of management.

Program Coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kemal Yılmaz

Our PhD students receive sophisticated training in the latest research methods, enabling them to pursue productive academic careers. Their training consists of two parts: course work to provide them with required research skills and the existing body of knowledge, and a closely supervised thesis. The Program runs on a full-time basis in English. During the course work stage, students are required to take 4 core and 4 elective courses (in total 24 credits) in different fields of management including strategy, organizational behavior, finance, marketing, operations, information systems and entrepreneurship. Having successfully defended their thesis, and following the completion of any required amendments, they are awarded PhD degree.

Career Opportunities:

  • Students will gain expertise in their own field of interest. The program broad-based training also includes opportunities for personal and professional academic development.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their independent research and thought leadership through publications in top-tier academic journals and present at prestigious international academic conferences, as well as seek opportunities for networking and participating fully in international research activities.
  • Students will be well-equipped with all the skills they need to compete effectively in the academic job market.
  • Our PhD program accelerates students’ career to the next level with practical knowledge they can implement immediately in their work.
  • Our PhD program will empower students to boost their business skills and gain the knowledge and networks necessary to get them where they want to go.

Full Time Part Time
Professor Ekrem TATOĞLU Professor Remzi ALTUNIŞIK
Professor Mustafa Kemal YILMAZ Professor Halit KESKİN
Professor Mahmut ARSLAN Professor Ali Ekber AKGÜN
Professor Tamer AKSOY Professor Rıfat KAMAŞAK
Associate Professor Ömer Fahrettin DEMİREL Professor Selim ZAİM
Assistant Professor Nihat GÜMÜŞ Associate Professor Ahmet ERKUŞ
Assistant Professor Ali Osman KUŞAKÇI Professor Yavuz GÜNALAY
Assistant Professor Ahmet KAPLAN
Assistant Professor Sümeyye KUŞAKÇI  

1st Semester
Code Course Name  Theory  Practice Credit ECTS
MAN 681 Advanced Research Methods I 3 0 3 15
MAN 601 History of Management Thought 3 0 3 15
MAN … Elective 3 0 3 15
MAN … Elective 3 0 3 15
Total 12 60
2nd Semester
Code Course Name  Theory  Practice Credit ECTS
MAN 682 Advanced Research Methods II 3 0 3 15
MAN 602 Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Strategic Management 3 0 3 15
MAN … Elective 3 0 3 15
MAN … Elective 3 0 3 15
Total 12 60
2nd Year
Code Course Name  Theory  Practice Credit ECTS
MAN 600 Seminar 0 0 0 15
MAN 697 Ph.D Proficiency Exam 0 0 0 25
MAN 698 Ph.D Thesis Proposal 0 0 0 20
Total 0 60
3rd & 4th Year
Code Course Name  Theory  Practice Credit ECTS
MAN 699 Ph.D Thesis 0 0 0 120
Total 0 120
Grand Total 24 300
Code Course Name  Theory  Practice Credit ECTS
MAN 600 Seminar 0 0 0 15
MAN 681 Advanced Research Methods I 3 0 3 15
MAN 601 History of Management Thought 3 0 3 15
MAN 682 Advanced Research Methods II 3 0 3 15
MAN 602 Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Strategic Management 3 0 3 15
Code Course Name  Theory  Practice Credit ECTS
MAN 603 Organization Theory 3 0 3 15
MAN 604 Theoretical Perspectives and Research in International Business 3 0 3 15
MAN 605 Special Topics in Organizational Behavior 3 0 3 15
MAN 623 Marketing Theory 3 0 3 15
MAN 631 Capital Markets and Portfolio Theory 3 0 3 15
MAN 632 Selected Topics in Corporate Finance 3 0 3 15
MAN 633 Selected Topics in Islamic Finance 3 0 3 15
MAN 634 International Financial Markets and Derivatives 3 0 3 15
MAN 662 Management of Innovation and Technology 3 0 3 15
MAN 664 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3 0 3 15
MAN 668 Special Topics in Information Systems 3 0 3 15
MAN 683 Advanced Multivariate Data Analysis 3 0 3 15
MAN 684 Econometrics for Finance 3 0 3 15

MAN 681 Advanced Research Methods I

This course provides an introduction to the research process in the social and behavioral sciences as applied to research in business administration. It is designed for doctoral students who intend to conduct empirical research in scholarly journals. The objective of the course is to help students gain competence in initiating and conducting empirical studies in the different applied areas in business management. We will draw on applied research that has disciplinary foundations in business, psychology and sociology. The course is designed so that, in their own areas, students will learn how to proceed from having a basic research question to a testable research design and methodology. The course will offer broad exposure to research methods in diverse areas such as organizational management, strategy, finance, marketing, international business and supply chain management. Topics covered include theory development, selection and framing of research questions, measurement development, reliability, validity, relevant statistical techniques, and the writing and the publication process of a research paper. Although some basic knowledge of statistics would help understand the above topics, this introductory course does not require advanced knowledge about statistical techniques.

MAN 601 History of Management Thought

This course is designed to give doctoral students in business management, organization and  related disciplines a broad overview of evolutionary theories of management and organization. One of the key objectives is to learn how to construct a sound evolutionary argument in the social sciences. The main focus of the course is, then, on a critical and analytical review of the history of management theory. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast management theories and to examine them in the critical light of practical experience. A central skill of a good scholar is to write well. The course will pay a lot of attention to how successful scholars craft their arguments and present them in written form. Through the preparation of literature research papers, a major emphasis will be placed on the development of dissertation-supporting literature-review skills of students.

MAN 682 Advanced Research Methods II

The objective of this follow-up course is to develop knowledge and understanding of scientific research methods and to provide skills to design and accomplish a research project, performing analyses using qualitative and quantitative research methods and to communicate the results. Furthermore, the students should be able to reflect on research outcomes based on methodological and philosophical approaches.

MAN 602 Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Strategic Management

This course is designed to provide doctoral students with a comprehensive understanding of strategy including its foundational theory, research and implementation. Strategic management starts with a central question of why some firms are more profitable than others are. Based on the assumption that strategic challenge is creating a fit between the organization and its environment, the course discusses the significance of goals and values, resources and capabilities, and structure and system, and explores market forces including competitors, customers, and suppliers. It includes measuring and responding to industry attractiveness at corporate level and building a sustainable competitive advantage at business level. Because of the applied nature of the field of strategic management, theoretical foundation, empirical research and case studies from real business life walk arm in arm. The topics include areas such as the market- and resource-based view of the firm, balanced scorecard, sources of competitive advantage, diversification and vertical integration, technology-based industries, global strategies and multinationals. For each section besides an article accepted as pioneer of the field, the cutting-edge approaches and successful strategy implementations from different industries are introduced.

MAN 695 Seminar

The purpose of this course is to expose doctoral students to a variety of cutting-edge research in business management in order to help them to define and advance their research interests. This course offers: in-depth discussion of important topics in business research by experts in respective areas; exposure to tools and methodologies required for conducting research in those areas; exposure to various business faculty, research styles, and presentation styles; the opportunity to experience on-going research being presented and discussed, rather than just experiencing finished-and-polished research products through manuscripts or publications. The format is that of a seminar or workshop, discussing on-going and other yet-unpublished research. The focus of each seminar is a research presentation by a different faculty member at Ibn Haldun School of Business or another academic/research institution.

MAN 683 Advanced Multivariate Data Analysis

The goal of this course is to develop skills with a range of procedures and programs for multivariate data analysis. The focus will be on practical issues such as selecting the appropriate analysis, preparing data for analysis, menu-driven and syntax programming, interpreting output, and presenting results of a complex nature. Possible topics to be covered include canonic correlation analysis, multiple discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling, confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, and meta analysis. Topics for coverage are also somewhat driven by student interests.

MAN 604 Theoretical Perspectives and Research in International Business

This doctoral course provides an in-depth overview of the evolution of MNEs and reviews the major theoretical approaches and empirical literature in MNE activity. One of the key objectives is to expose candidates to core theoretical concepts in international business research. These strands of analysis include inter alia market power, internalization, resource-based theory, eclectic paradigm and institutional perspective. Drawing upon this theoretical background, the course then reviews the key areas of recent research focus. These new research issues comprise the pattern and location of foreign direct investment (FDI)/MNE activity in international business, the strategy and organization of MNEs, cross-border alliances, mergers and acquisitions. The course also involves an analysis of the evolving MNE environment along with an assessment of the role of methodological design and prospective new directions in international business research.

MAN 603 Organization Theory

The primary objective is to survey some of the major theoretical perspectives and issues studied in organization theory research, including both classic and contemporary scholarship and both theoretical and empirical contributions. One goal is to provide students with the opportunity to gain a solid background in the field, such that it will inform and enrich their own research, whether or not they become an organization theorist. A second goal is to support students in drafting a paper that incorporates one or more of the topics covered in class with their own research interests and to help them learn in a hands-on manner about review and revision processes.

MAN 623 Marketing Theory

The course provides the conceptual foundations of the marketing discipline, and introduces students to the development of research ideas in the different areas of marketing. It has three specific goals: introducing the epistemology of causal modeling in marketing; understanding the different approaches to research in marketing; and stimulating the conceptual development of research proposals.

MAN 662 Management of Innovation and Technology

The objectives of the course are: to provide participants with an understanding of the key concepts of technology and innovation, their relationship with economics and with the organizational environment, and their overall impact on management and organizations; equip participants with the conceptual frameworks and analytical tools needed to do research on themes and topics of the innovation and technology management field; expose participants to a hybrid set of methods to understand the wide array of approaches to do research in the field of innovation and technology management.

MAN 664 Operations and Supply Chain Management

Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) is at the heart of daily activities and strategic decisions intended to create value for firm at each stage of supply chain. Accordingly, the course focuses on contemporary topics in operations management, process design, supply chain management, and logistics network design. It covers recent analytical approaches in operation and supply chain domain as well as their managerial aspects. The core topics include, but not be limited to, issues such as: Planning and control of operational activities in firm; new concepts on design and analysis of production lines; application examples of lean philosophy in production and service sector; design of sustainable supply chains taking care of environmental aspects with a focal point on reverse logistics; recent approaches to model and solve location analysis; and capacity planning and logistics network design problems.

MAN 684 Econometrics for Finance

Quantitative methods play a pivotal role in especially empirical studies on finance. The objective of this course is to provide the student with knowhow and skills about modelling financial data, analysis of financial time series by using certain statistical techniques,  usage of ARMA and ARIMA models, stationary time series, conditional variance models (ARCH, GARCH), vector autoregression models, and panel data analysis via software such as E-views, and STATA. In this respect, each subject will be handled with sample implementation of various techniques to financial data.

MAN 631 Capital Markets and Portfolio Theory

This course will cover topics such as efficient market hypothesis, portfolio theory, portfolio construction techniques, principles of portfolio diversification, risk-return optimization,  capital asset pricing model, arbitrage pricing model, information asymmetry and behavioral finance. In addition, development and structure of the capital markets and instruments will be introduced together with the factors to be considered when investing in international markets.

MAN 634 International Financial Markets and Derivatives

Under the context of financial globalization, this course will provide an analysis of the structure and operation of international financial system.  In this respect, international monetary system, international securities and foreign exchange markets, international fund flows and risks that may be faced in international financial markets will be covered. Moreover, derivative instruments, pricing of futures and options, sensitivity measures of the parameters affecting the price of the derivatives (the Greeks), utilization of derivatives for hedging purposes, risk mitigation and arbitrage strategies in organized as well as over-the-counter markets are to be introduced.

MAN 632 Selected Topics in Corporate Finance

This course will cover both theoretical and empirical aspects of the subjects such as firm valuation, issues related to mergers and acquisitions, optimal capital structure, methods for investment evaluation, project finance, real options, different borrowing methods, dividend policy, opportunities provided by capital markets, factors to be considered when valuing capital market instruments, corporate governance and sustainability.

MAN 668 Special Topics in Information Systems

This doctoral course consists of basic introduction to data structures and algorithms, big data analytics, distributed computing and blockchain technology concepts. To analyze and compare different algorithms in order to choose the most effective algorithm for the problem is very crucial. Therefore,  students must study most useful fundamental algorithms and analyze their complexity. Those algorithms must be used for analyzing big data. The topics of big data systems that address the needs for structured and unstructured data include the NoSQL storage systems, Hadoop Map-Reduce, data analytics platforms, search and indexing platforms, and messaging infrastructures. Blockchain research is one of the more vibrant areas of computer science, with the potential of revolutionizing how our society deals with trust. This course gives design and modelling approaches for distributed technologies, more specifically blockchain structure.

MAN 633 Selected Topics in Islamic Finance

Modern Islamic finance institutions and instruments have developed significantly in recent years as an alternative financing method. In this course, special topics in Islamic finance such as Islamic banking, capital market institutions and instruments, Islamic insurance, microfinance, crowdfunding, indexation, governance, and compliance with Islamic principles will be covered and the students will be provided with the opportunity to make theoretical as well empirical readings and research on those topics.

MAN 605 Special Topics in Organizational Behavior

This doctoral seminar is designed to focus on special topics of interest to those students who have a reasonable level of familiarity with the basic areas of organizational behavior. Drawing on theory and research in psychology, social psychology, and organizational behavior, we shall explore individual, interpersonal, and group processes in work organizations. Our emphasis will be on the development of theory and research. It is critical that students read the required readings before class and spend some time thinking about the research implications of the readings, both individually and as a group. These readings will be used to gain a sense of the important perspectives and approaches in the field, not just as a set of findings that are to be digested or summarized. The class will also explore more current research topics in organizational behavior published in top tier journals.


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