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1.  Program’s purpose:
The purpose and objectives of the PhD Program in Business Administration are:
2.  Admission Criteria
For entry to the PhD Program, applicants must hold a Master’s Degree from an accredited university in a related subject.  Applications from candidates interested in the following fields of study will be considered:

Applications must include:

        1. A preliminary research proposal (up to 1500 words) that describes the candidate’s proposed research topic. Specifically, the proposal should include outlines of:
    • The research questions and their significance
    • The proposed research methodology to address the research questions
    • The key literature on the research topic
    • A timetable for completing the PhD
        2. Proof of very good knowledge of the English language (test results and/or certificates obtained). This is not necessary for applicants who received their degrees for programs taught in English.
 
        3. Three (3) reference letters from University professors familiar with the candidate and his/her academic performance.
 
3.  Structure of the Program
The Ph.D in Business Administration program´s requirements correspond to the general guidelines for doctoral programs stipulated by the Rules of Study of the University of Cyprus. To obtain a Ph.D degree in Business Administration, it is required to complete a total of 240 ECTS. The Ph.D in Business Administration program of studies comprises three stages, namely coursework and comprehensive exams (60+10 ECTS), research stage and dissertation proposal (120 ECTS), and writing-up stage and dissertation defence (50 ECTS).  The structure of the program is summarized in the table below:

SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

ECTS

 FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester

BPA630

Philosophy of Science in Business Administration

7.5

 

BPA635

Strategic Management

7.5

 

BPA640

Research Methods in Business Administration I (Quantitative Methods)

7.5

 

BPAXXX

One Elective Course from the list of courses

7.5

 

Spring Semester

BPA641

Operations Management

7.5

 

BPA656

Marketing Management

7.5

 

BPA631

Research Methods in Business Administration II (Qualitative Methods)

7.5

 

BPAXXX

One Elective course from the list of courses

7.5

COURSE ATTENDANCE - TOTAL

60

Comprehensive exams

 

BPA890

Comprehensive Exams

10

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS – TOTAL

10

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

BPA891

Research Stage I

30

Spring Semester

BPA892

Research Stage II

30

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

 

BPA880

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Presentation

0

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester

BPA893

Research Stage III

30

Spring Semester

BPA894

Research Stage IV

30

RESEARCH STAGE –TOTAL

120

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Semester

BPA895

Writing Stage I

12.5

 

BPA896

Writing Stage II

12.5

Spring Semester

BPA897

Writing Stage III

12.5

 

BPA898

Writing Stage IV

12.5

WRITING STAGE DISSERTATION- TOTAL

50

 

TOTAL

240

 

List of Elective Courses

4.  Graduate’s employability prospects
Graduates of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to conduct original research of high quality, to transfer their knowledge in class in an effective and efficient way, to disseminate their research work in reputable academic journals of an international standing, and to apply their ideas in consulting projects. PhD graduates in Business Administration will be able to pursue an academic career in public and private universities in Cyprus or abroad, work in government or private organizations, and/or be involved in advisory activities.

COURSES DESCRIPTIONS

Compulsory Courses

BPA 630 Philosophy of Science in Business Administration (7.5 ECTS)

 This course aims to familiarise doctoral students with the major philosophical and methodological issues involved in the production of valid knowledge in the social sciences at large and in management studies in particular. In particular, it discusses three main topics: ontology, epistemology, and praxeology. It reviews the main perspectives in the philosophy of science, focusing on logical positivism, critical rationalism and realism, interpretivism, phenomenology and social constructivism, critical theory, and postmodernism. It discusses the main philosophical insights of each one of these perspectives in the context of organization and management studies. Several examples from the latter are used to discuss ontological, epistemological and praxeological issues Key questions to be addressed are related to the nature of organization and management phenomena, what constitutes valid knowledge, and the relationship between theory and practice.

 BPA 631 Research Methods in Business Administration II (Qualitative Methods) (7.5 ECTS)

The course aims to offer doctoral students an opportunity to learn, debate and experience qualitative research in the social sciences and in business administration in particular. Through a critical perspective, the course guides students through the design, implementation and reporting of qualitative research projects and engages with the epistemological, theoretical, analytical and practical implications of different qualitative research methods. For hands-on experience, the course offers class exercises and a mock student project.

Upon the completion of this course students will:

develop and demonstrate skills in the design, data collection, analysis and writing strategies of qualitative research.

BPA 635 Strategic Management (7.5 ECTS)

 The course examines some of the central questions in strategic management with economic approaches as a starting point, but with an eye to links to behavioral perspectives on these same questions.

Provides a broad, multi-disciplinary introduction to the study of business strategy, with a particular emphasis on its behavioral and economic foundations.

It focuses on the firm as a productive entity.

BPA 640 Research Methods in Business Administration I (Quantitative Methods) (7.5 ECTS)

The course purpose is to present the key topics in the state-of-the-art research methods used in the broader research area of Business Administration. 

Upon the completion of this course students will acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the basic and advanced methods used in the business literature, become familiar with the different observational and experimental approaches to management and marketing, identify recent developments, and acknowledge the methodological requirements for publishing in top-tier journals.

BPA 641 Operations Management (7.5 ECTS)

 This course will enhance students’ ability to perform the quantitative analysis necessary and understand the management issues in order to make good operational decisions within the supply chain.

Students will develop an understanding of foundational and current issues in operations management.  They will develop new ideas based on existing work and on the gaps identified in the operations management literature. They will further explore new ideas from the conceptualization to the design and execution stages of a study. Students will critically examine and review the relevant literature that pertains to current topics in operations management.

 BPA656 Marketing Management (7.5 ECTS)

The course focuses on issues relating to the analysis, planning, implementation, and control of the marketing activity. It particularly examines concepts, tools, and techniques, which are essential in making effective strategic marketing decisions. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the firm’s resources and capabilities, as well as of the customers, the competition, and the environment, in building effective marketing strategies and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage. It also examines various theoretical frameworks, analytical methods, and best practices relating to the development of marketing strategies.

Upon the completion of this course, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of the marketing management literature and be exposed to cutting-edge issues on the subject.  They will also become familiar with the various lines of research in the marketing field and the underlying theories behind them.  They will become also aware of the various research methodologies employed to understand marketing phenomena will be also explained. Finally, they will appreciate the importance of publishing in marketing journals of high quality.

Elective Courses

BPA 633 Organizational Theory (7.5 ECTS)

 This course provides an overview of organizations as a complex system impacted by environmental forces plus structure, and design required for effectiveness.

 BPA 634 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (7.5 ECTS)

The purpose of this course is to provide a solid understanding of the entrepreneurship field starting with a review of the foundations and intellectual heritage of the field. We will then focus on the main questions that define the field today and critically examine how researchers are approaching these questions.

BPA 636 Human Resource Management (7.5 ECTS)

 This course provides an in-depth consideration of human resource management (HRM) research.

Two of its primary objectives are to develop skills to critically evaluate HR research and literature and to develop an understanding of the theory, methodology and application of HR.

Other objectives include enhancing understanding of what academic journals expect and developing research ides for academic papers.

 BPA 642 Supply Chain Management (7.5 ECTS)

The purpose of the course is to expose doctoral students to the basic issues in supply chain management such as strategy, coordination, inventory management under uncertainty, as well as on contemporary issue such as green supply chains, product design and supply chains, centralization vs decentralization.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Comprehend the consequences of the lack of coordination in the supply chain and the ways to tackle the problem.

BPA 643 Service Management (7.5 ECTS)

 Present the key topics that concern academic researchers in the area of Services Management and provide an in-depth analysis of relevant theories, and present recent conceptual and methodological advancements.

 Upon the completion of this course students will acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the services management literature, become familiar with the different research streams in this field, comprehend the main research approaches and methodologies identify recent developments, and acknowledge/appreciate the requirements for publishing in top-tier journals.

 BPA 644 Applied Optimization Modelling (7.5 ECTS)

 Constrained resource allocation is a staple of quantitative decision-making in many business settings.  Mathematical programs constitute prototypical paradigms for determining solutions that optimize decision criteria under financial, operational, regulatory and managerial constraints.  Hence, scholars who pursue research in decision-making and quantitative subjects of management should be versed in optimization modelling and its applications.

This course examines principles of optimization modelling and the fundamentals of related solution methods. It aims to develop analytical and modelling skills so that students can deploy suitable optimization models to address practical business problems or related research questions. While the focus is on the development of modelling skills and the use of software tools to numerically solve optimization models and interpretation of results to support decision making processes, the course also covers the conceptual framework and the theoretical underpinnings of common optimization methods, primarily for linear programming; fundamentals of integer programming and nonlinear optimization are also explored.

 BPA 645 Planning under Uncertainty (7.5 ECTS)

Uncertainties are prevalent in all business endeavours. Business decision-makers and business scholars must be keenly aware of sources of uncertainty that impact problems they are called to address.  They must also be versed in methods of assessing the risks of alternative decisions due to uncertainties (e.g., in environmental or market factors, system functions, limitations/errors of parameter estimation, etc.)

This course examines methods for risk measurement and risk management. It examines modelling approaches to account for uncertainties in problem inputs, to quantify associated risks and apply suitable methods to mitigate/control them in accordance with the decision-maker’s priority objectives.

BPA 651 Consumer Behavior (7.5 ECTS)

Present the key topics that concern academic researchers in the area of Consumer Behavior, provide an in-depth analysis of relevant theories, and present recent conceptual and methodological advancements.

Students are expected to:

propose new conceptual frameworks by integrating different academic sources 

BPA 652 Marketing Models (7.5 ECTS)

 The objective of this course is to introduce students to the quantitative models that are currently employed to investigate marketing-related research problems, and improve various aspects of marketing decisions. The students will learn about models and techniques that are consider seminal in the marketing literature (which can serve as a safe basis for work aimed for publication at top academic journals in the field), and about newer models, developed by respected researchers in the field, that show promise.

Upon completion of this course students will comprehend how game-theory and optimization tools can be used to build robust marketing models and rigorously explore interesting research questions, related to pricing, advertising, information disclosure, product positioning, etc.

The students will learn to choose interesting research problems in the field, and also how to select an appropriate marketing model as a starting point in studying those problems.

 BPA 653 International Marketing (7.5 ECTS)

The course introduces the importance of international marketing and the need to adopt global business thinking. It particularly examines concepts, tools, and techniques, which are essential in making effective international marketing decisions. It explains issues pertaining to foreign buyer behavior, as well as the challenges faced by firms due to socio-cultural, economic, and political differences between international markets.  It highlights the process of targeting foreign markets and the alternative modes that the firm can use to enter them.  It also analyzes the international marketing strategy, with particular emphasis on the standardization/adaptation issue. It finally examines various theoretical frameworks, analytical methods, and best practices relating to international marketing.

Upon the completion of this course, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of the international marketing literature and exposed to cutting-edge issues on the subject.  They will also become familiar with the various streams of the international marketing research and the underlying theories behind them.  The various research methodologies employed to understand international marketing phenomena will also be explained. Finally, they will appreciate the importance of publishing in international marketing journals of high quality.

BPA 654 Advanced Topics in Marketing (7.5 ECTS)

The course will introduce students to contemporary issues and research challenges in marketing and will examine how this influence both the theory and practice of marketing.

Main topics include: environmental and green marketing, corporate social responsibility, the role of digital interactive media and social networks, the diffusion of technological innovations and marketing issues in the health sector.

Upon completion of this course, students will gain important knowledge and familiarize themselves with the various new research fields in marketing. They will be able to understand the basic research approaches and methodologies that can be used for investigating phenomena, become knowledgeable about recent developments, and understand the criteria and requirements for publishing in leading academic journals.

The student/student is expected to be able to:

BPA655 Sales Management (7.5 ECTS)

 Present the key topics that concern academic researchers in the area of Sales Management and provide an in-depth analysis of relevant theories, and present recent conceptual and methodological advancements.

Upon the completion of this course students will acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the sales management literature, become familiar with the different research streams in this filed, comprehend the main research approaches and methodologies that can be employed to investigate sales management-related phenomena, identify recent developments, and acknowledge the requirements for publishing in top-tier journals.