The SDSB PhD Management Programme offers a unique opportunity for higher studies in Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, and Finance. The Programme has been designed to ensure that doctoral students have the full range of necessary research and teaching competencies, skills, and sufficient knowledge of their subject area essential for designing and executing research at the highest standards of academic excellence. It aims to do this by combining structured course work with supervised research study. The programme design has been made in line with international standards and satisfies HEC guidelines for PhD Programmes.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is conferred upon such candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research. They have shown, to the satisfaction of the SDSB, their command over their subject of interest, and their capacity to contribute to the frontiers of knowledge. PhD candidates are fundamentally driven by their desire to advance and to discover new phenomena, theories, and applications that were previously unknown.
The LUMS PhD Programme in Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, and Finance emphasises rigorous coursework and high-quality research that should be published in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. A PhD student is encouraged to tackle both coursework and research in parallel; success in both these components is a requirement for the award of the PhD degree.
SDSB is offering PhD courses and doctoral dissertation supervision in the following areas:
Organisational Behaviour & Strategy (OB&S)
The specialisation area ‘Organisational Behaviour & Strategy’ (OB&S) refers to a collection of theory and research that helps us develop a deeper understanding of personal, interpersonal, and system-wide processes in organisations allowing us to gain greater insights into the functioning of complex and evolving organisations. The principal objective of this programme is to train students in the theory and methods of the disciplines Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management & Strategy/Organisation Studies.
Operations Management (OM)
The specialisation area ‘Operations Management’ (OM) deals with configuring people, materials, machines, and methods for optimal benefits. The area draws upon a wide range of disciplines including mathematics, economics, and other social sciences. Work performed in this area is typically characterised by a blend of theoretical and applied research.
The finance specialisation focuses on current research topics in corporate finance, asset pricing, investments, financial institutions, markets, and Islamic finance. The coursework component of the programme exposes students to a variety of theoretical and empirical research topics to understand relevant issues in finance theory and to conduct research. The objective of the finance doctoral programme is to train students to do high-quality research and to prepare them for careers in finance with leading academic and research institutions.
The programme consists of two phases. The first phase, approximately 1.5 years, will be dedicated to coursework culminating in the first comprehensive exam A. The next 2.5 years are dedicated to the second comprehensive exam B and doctoral thesis research (30 credit hours). Each 3 credit hours course will typically consist of about 150 minutes of instruction per week over a fifteen-week term. At the end of the first year, students will write a comprehensive exam (Comprehensive Exam A) on subjects covered in the first year.
Another comprehensive exam (Comprehensive Exam B) will be administered after the course work where students will be tested on knowledge pertaining to their specialisation area. Those who successfully pass comprehensive exam B will move forward to the programme's next phase, i.e., the dissertation proposal defence. Those who pass the dissertation proposal defence will be allowed to work on their doctoral research and achieve “PhD Candidate” status. The last two phases, taking approximately 2.5 years to complete, will involve conceptualising and writing the PhD dissertation. After a successful dissertation defence, the student will be awarded the PhD degree.