PhD in Business Administration
Beedie PHD Program
SFU Beedie PhD students craft their own research discipline. These are the areas of research our current students focus on.
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The PhD program in Finance provides students with a foundation in the theoretical and empirical tools of modern finance, drawing heavily on the discipline of economics. The area prepares students for careers in research and teaching, focusing on corporate finance, corporate governance, investment management, risk management, financial institutions, real estate finance, derivative securities, and sustainability finance. Recent top contributions of finance faculty include:
Davidoff, T., Pavlov, A., & Somerville, T. (2022). Not in my neighbour's back yard? Laneway homes and neighbours' property values. Journal of Urban Economics.
Hambel, C., Kraft, H., & Schwartz, E. (2021). The social cost of carbon in a non-cooperative world. Journal of International Economics.
Rubin, A., & Rubin, E. (2021). Systematic bias in the progress of research. Journal of Political Economy.
Business and Society
The PhD in Business Administration with a research focus in Business and Society at SFU Beedie prepares students for careers both inside and outside academia. Engage in issues that are relevant to both public and private interests and gain the research skills required to create both positive organizational outcomes and broader social and environmental impact.
BUSINESS AND SOCIETY RESEARCH RESEARCH
- Environmental governance and public policy
- Social Innovation (social capital; social entrepreneurship; innovation and development)
- Sustainable businesses and organizations (corporate sustainability; strategy and alliances)
The PhD in Business Administration with a research focus in Finance at SFU Beedie aims
to attract people who will shape the next generation of thought leaders.
We offer a Finance PhD program customized to individual interests and
abilities. You will collaboratively develop your own curriculum to meet
the challenges and opportunities of business and finance theory and
practice. Rigorous coursework and a collaborative research environment
prepare you for empirical and theoretical research in finance and equip
you to produce world-class research.
- Empirical Finance
- Corporate Finance
- Risk Modelling
- International Finance
- Computational Finance
- Financial Institutions
- Mutual Funds
- Hedge Funds
- Pension Funds
- Financial Regulation
- Asset Pricing
- Liquidity Risk
- Limits to Arbitrage
- Predictability of Stock Returns
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)
The PhD in Business Administration with a research focus in Innovation and
Entrepreneurship at SFU Beedie enables you to engage with evolving
contexts of national and global importance. Faculty mentor students in
applying innovation and entrepreneurship theory to challenges such as
meeting climate emission goals, developing and adopting personalized
medicine solutions, and creating and capturing value from university
- Technology Strategy
- Innovation Ecosystems
- Healthcare Innovation
- Cleantech Innovation
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Entrepreneurial Decision Making
- Entrepreneurial Capabilities
- Sustainability Strategy
- Strategic Networks
- Strategy in Emerging Markets
- Science based business
- Innovation Policy
The PhD in Business Administration with a research focus in International Business (IB) at SFU Beedie inspires students to explore a deeper understanding of the organizational relationships of the multinational enterprise (MNE) in the sociocultural, sociopolitical, institutional and economic contexts. Some background in psychology, business, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science, and experience with statistical methods and data analysis, provides optimal preparation for students pursuing the IB specialization.
You will engage with the IB faculty members early in the program, and
the IB group regularly publishes in reputable journals, such as Journal
of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal,
International Business Review, Cross Cultural and Strategic Management,
Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal and Journal of World
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RESEARCH
- Cross-border Activities (International Joint Venturing, Alliances, Licensing, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade, Off-shoring, and Knowledge Transfer)
- Strategy, Structure, and Decision-Making Process of Multinational Enterprises
- Cross-Cultural Management
- International Human Resource Management
- Foreign Market Entry and Location Choice
- Business in Developing Countries
- Cross-country Comparative Studies of Business
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Information Systems are transforming business and society in a variety of ways. New information technologies offer the opportunities to reshape firms, industry sectors and society to benefit the society-at-large, but they also pose new threats. Researchers in the MIS discipline broadly study how to enable new models of organizing individuals, collectives, firms and economies using new information technologies.
This field of research is highly interdisciplinary. It draws from other basic disciplines such as economics, computer science, information science, statistics, psychology, sociology, linguistics, and complements most other business disciplines.
Here is a list of topics and individuals:
- Enterprise IT adoption and implementation (Dr. Saraf, Dr. Goh)
- User adoption and usage of IT (Dr. Goh, Dr. Kaligotla)
- Health/Accounting Information Systems (Dr. Goh, Dr. Matta)
- Privacy and security (Dr. Matta)
- Competition among IT sectors (Dr. Saraf)
- Digital platform creation and adoption (Dr. Saraf, Dr. Shukla)
- Information technology standards (Dr. Matta, Dr. Saraf)
- Business performance impacts of IT (Dr. Matta, Dr. Goh)
- Growth of online communities (Dr. Kaligotla, Dr. Shukla, Dr. Goh)
- Online reviews and user behavior (Dr. Shukla, Dr. Goh)
- Open source software (Dr. Saraf)
- Dark side of IT (Dr. Shukla, Dr. Saraf, Dr. Goh)
Management and Organization Studies
The PhD in Business Administration with a research focus in Management and Organization Studies (MOS) at SFU Beedie trains students for an academic career as researchers
and tenure-track professors. Examine the behaviour of individuals,
groups and organizations, and study the theory and methods from a broad
range of disciplines. The topics include leadership, personnel
selection, high performance work systems, organizational mindfulness,
group learning and team processes. A background in psychology, business,
sociology, anthropology, economics and political science and experience
with statistical methods and data analysis provides optimal preparation
for students pursuing the MOS specialization.
- Personnel Selection
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Expatriate Management
- Group Learning
- High Performance Work Systems
- Organizational Mindfulness
The PhD in Business Administration with a research focus in Marketing at SFU Beedie has three tracks:
Behavioural Marketing: The study of how individuals behave in consumer-relevant domains investigating consumer choices and purchase behaviour. This area of marketing draws from social psychology and behavioural decision theory and includes a wide variety of topics such as Decision Making, Attitudes and Persuasion, Social Influence, Motivation, Cognition, Culture, Nonconscious Influences, Consumer Neuroscience, and Emotions. Some background in psychology, business and experience with experimental methods and data analysis provides optimal preparation for students pursuing the behavioural track.
Quantitative Marketing: Examines product, pricing, advertising and promotion strategies of firms and analyzes competition in a wide range of domains. It emphasizes the empirical analysis of applied marketing problems; the use of rigorous quantitative methods to provide solutions to important, managerially relevant questions. It draws primarily on fundamentals in applied microeconomic theory, industrial organization and econometrics and statistics. A background in Economics, Statistics or other quantitatively oriented subjects provides optimal preparation for students pursuing the quantitative track.
Marketing Strategy: The study of how organizations
build a focused strategy to shape the customer journey and the customer
experience. It examines how organizations use different strategies to
reach target audiences. Topics include how organizations use limited
resources to attain objectives in uncertain environments; marketing
communication and social media strategies; customer personas and
journeys; consumer behavior changes resulting from advancement in
communications technology; digital transformation and the impact on
companies; and examining the fundamental qualities that great brands
share. Some background in psychology, business and experience with
statistical methods and data analysis provides optimal preparation for
students pursuing the track.
- Behavioral Marketing (Consumer Behavior, Emotions in advertising and consumption, Branding and Consumer Choice, Experienced-based decision making)
- Quantitative Marketing (Service design and Management, Pricing, Retailing, Marketing-Finance interface)
- Marketing Strategy (Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications Effectiveness, Word-of-mouth communications)
Strategy is a determinant of organizational success. Strategic organizations are able to perform better and survive longer—shaping how industries change over time. The field of Strategic Management is about understanding the sources of the organization’s success and failure in an effort to create and defend a competitive advantage in changing environments.
The field draws from multiple intellectual disciplines, such as economics, psychology and sociology and complements other business disciplines such as marketing, human resources, information technology and finance.
- Institutions and Industry Evolution
- Corporate Strategic Dynamics
- Innovation and Leadership
- Learning and capabilities
- Organizational design and Strategy Implementation
- Competitive advantage at the business and corporate levels
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