Management Concentration | College of Business Administration | Kent State University

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Management Concentration

The Management concentration of our Ph.D. program prepares you to address our technology-powered economy fueled by information and driven by knowledge. The Management concentration educates you in the latest thinking, theory and empirical research so you are able to address these and other challenges posed by the increased use of technology at work.


Students choose five (5) from the following list:

  • MIS 84047: Value and Supply Chain Management
  • MIS 84108: Acquiring Human Resources
  • MIS 84262: Theory of the Firm
  • MIS 84263: Optimizing Human Resources
  • MIS 84266: Statistics for Management
  • MIS 84275: Theoretical and Empirical Global Strategy
  • MIS 84277: Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • MIS 84285: Technology and Innovation Strategy
  • MIS 84291: Seminar in Management Systems
  • ECON 72055: Econometrics II
  • ECON 82072: Economics of Labor Markets
  • EDU 85516: Qualitative Research Design
  • SOC 72220: Survey Research Methods
  • PSYC 71654: Quantitative Statistical Analysis II



Research Mentorship

The Mentorship program in the Department of Management and Information Systems, covering the Information Systems, Management, and Supply Chain Management concentrations, has two primary goals: First, to help the Ph.D. student develop the conceptual and methodological skills required for conducting original research, and secondly, to help the student acquire the knowledge necessary to establish expertise in their area of concentration.

All incoming Ph.D. students are assigned a faculty mentor and work collaboratively with their mentor and other professors or students as a research team to undertake and publish research. An important aspect of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of research perspectives. As each mentor may have different perspectives on research, the student benefits from working with a variety of mentors. The faculty mentor will often be heavily involved in the development of the research design, in guiding the analysis, and in "polishing" the research paper and moving it through the publication process.

Teaching Mentorship

Students will be assigned a mentor to guide their teaching for every course they teach. As part of this mentorship, students who are teaching are required to discuss their course preparation with a faculty who has previously taught the course. Students are also encouraged to invite their mentor to class, so faculty can provide useful suggestions for effective teaching.

Research Seminars

The research seminars provide a forum for students to develop and refine their research ideas and methodology and their presentation skills. These skills are vital for research presentations at conferences, job interviews, and in the classroom. The mentor will play a supporting role during the presentation.


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