Management

Key information

Next intake
September 2021
Programme duration
4 years (part time)

About the Executive PhD in Management

The Executive PhD is a four-year, part-time degree programme, culminating in a dissertation that passes formal examination. It comprises of ten, forty-hour residential weeks, and independent research guided by faculty supervisors.

"I chose the Executive Ph.D. Program at the Business School (formerly Cass) because of its outstanding academic reputation and world-renowned faculty who are expert in their fields. The program has been instrumental in enabling me to bring research skills to investigate practical problems in my current corporate career while also preparing me for a future career in academia."

- Fabio Fukuda, Executive PhD in Management student.

Programme structure

The Executive PhD in Management is usually a four year programme. You are registered on the MPhil degree for the first two years during which you will follow a programme of taught courses and prepare for the transfer panel, which is a mid-point assessment of your progress.

Year 1 - Theory and Methods

Students are introduced to foundational Organizational Theory and discuss the epistemological underpinnings of social science research.

Students participate in a series of seminars that provide them with basic research skills (crafting a compelling literature review, identifying an interesting research question, effective academic writing) and expose them to advanced research methods, including the most widely used quantitative and qualitative methods.

All seminars are taught by faculty members who are experts in their area.

Week One – September

  • Quantitative Research Methods: Fundamentals of Statistics (Dr Elisabetta Pellini)
  • Choosing Your Research Question (Professor Charles Baden-Fuller)
  • Elements of Research Design (Professor Davide Ravasi)
  • Philosophy of Social Science (Professor Hugh Wilmott)
  • Research Ethics (Dr Janina Steinmetz and Dr Hans Frankort)
  • Managing the PhD Experience (Dr Daisy Chung)
  • Managing a Research Project (Professor Barbara Casu Lukac)
  • Introduction to Library Resources (Library Staff)

Week Two - December

  • Quantitative Research Methods for Management I (Dr Elisabetta Pellini)
  • Survey Design I (Dr Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer)
  • Qualitative Research Methods I (Professor Davide Ravasi)
  • How to Write a Literature Review (Professor Bobby Banerjee)
  • Research Topics in Management (Professor Bobby Banerjee)
  • Organisational Theory I (Professor Hugh Wilmott)
  • Library Services and Online Resources - Working Session (Library Staff)
  • Management Research Seminar (External Speaker)

Week Three - March

  • Quantitative Research Methods for Management II (Dr Elisabetta Pellini)
  • Survey Design II (Dr Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer)
  • Quantitative Research Design I (Dr Hans Frankort)
  • Qualitative Research Methods II (Professor Davide Ravasi)
  • Organisational Theory II (Professor Hugh Wilmott)
  • Organisations: Early Debate and Implications for Trading Floors (Dr Daniel Beunza)
  • Interview Techniques (Professor Paula Jarzabkowski)
  • Management Research Seminar (External Speaker)

Week Four - June

  • Quantitative Research Methods for Management III (Dr Elisabetta Pellini)
  • Survey Design III (Dr Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer)
  • Quantitative Research Design II (Dr Hans Frankort)
  • Qualitative Research Methods III (Professor Davide Ravasi)
  • Organisational Theory III (Professor Hugh Wilmott)
  • Ethnographic Discovery and Finance (Dr Daniel Beunza)
  • Strategy, OB, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Research Days (hosted by City, UCL, LBS, and Imperial)
  • Research Presentations (all cohorts)

Year 2 – Research Development

Year 2 – First Paper and Transfer Panel

Students continue to attend a series of seminars that provide them with a methodological and theoretical foundation. Alongside this, you will commence research in your chosen topics and the year culminates with the defence of your first research paper before a transfer panel committee.

After the successful defence of your transfer panel paper you will move onto the final two years of the PhD programme.

Week Five - September

  • Quantitative Research Methods for Management IV (Dr Elisabetta Pellini)
  • Qualitative Research Methods IV (Professor Davide Ravasi)
  • Elite Interviewing (Professor Laura Empson)
  • Responsible Investing: Corporate Social Responsibility (Dr Daniel Beunza)
  • Transfer Panel: What You Need to Prepare (Professor Barbara Casu Lukac)
  • Academic Writing Workshop

Week Six – June

  • Responsible Investing: Morality and Markets (Dr Daniel Beunza)
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Management V (Dr Elisabetta Pellini)
  • How to Publish a Research Paper and Work with Co-Authors (various faculty)
  • Dissertation: Thinking about the Viva (Professor Barbara Casu Lukac)
  • Strategy, OB, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Research Days (hosted by City, UCL, LBS, and Imperial)
  • Research Presentations and Transfer Panels (all cohorts)

Year 3 – Dissertation Research

Year 3 – Supervised Research

Students learn about the editorial process and how to publish their own research in the most rigorous academic journals; they learn the craft of reviewing, as well as responding editorial letters. In Year 3, students attend residential weeks in September and June designed to help them hone their writing and presentation of their original research.

By the end of the third year, we expect students to present a more polished and developed paper in the most important conferences in their own fields under the guidance of their supervisors.

Year 4 – Writing the Dissertation

Year four will be focussed on completing the writing of your dissertation, and preparing for the viva voce examination, while continuing to pursue publications and/or academic positions where applicable.

The Faculty

The Management Faculty includes an outstanding array of scholars, influential thinkers and active experts in their own fields – all of them at the forefront of the academic debate in their areas.

Together, these groups form a vibrant and well-integrated intellectual community, where collaborations and exchanges across fields are common. This community regularly gathers in different seminar series, where both internal and external research is presented and discussed in a constructive and friendly atmosphere.

Doctoral students are warmly encouraged to be an active part of this community.

"My Supervisors bring such an incredible depth of knowledge and experience that helps elevate my thinking and approach to my research topic. At each turn, they have been accessible and an invaluable resource in helping me understand and activate critical success factors for outstanding academic research and original scholarship."

- Linus Akanoh, Executive PhD in Management student.