International Management Studies PhD Program
The PhD program in International Management Studies (IMS) is part of the Organizations, Strategy, and International Management (OSIM) area and focuses on the scholarly analysis of international, strategic and organizational management issues. Topics such as multinational management, corporate strategy, organizational design and change, technological and industrial development, entrepreneurship, and managerial decision-making are examined.
PhD students in International Management Studies can major or minor in the following area:
- International Management Studies
- Strategic Management
- Organization Theory
- Organizational Behavior
As part of the 24 journals tracked by the UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™, major journals publishing research in this area include:
- Academy of Management Journal
- Academy of Management Review
- Administrative Science Quarterly
- Journal of International Business Studies
- Management Science
- Organization Science
- Strategic Management Journal
Welcome to the PhD Program in International Management Studies. IMS was the first graduate degree offered by the Jindal School of Management starting in the 1970s and has remained a center of excellence ever since.
Our program is deliberately kept small. All admitted students are offered a competitive assistantship package consisting of a stipend and a tuition scholarship. Since 2005, all of our graduates have secured tenure-track assistant professorships at business schools that offer graduate degrees, such as Babson College, City University of Hong Kong, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, Tsinghua University, University of Missouri, and University of Nebraska. During and shortly after their tenure in our program, they have successfully published in AMJ, AMP, APJM, ETP, JBV, MIR, MS, OS, SMJ, and many other leading journals.
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The Organization, Strategy, and International Management (OSIM) faculty members are highly visible active researchers. They are currently ranked # 13 in research based on publications in four management journals.
Faculty research pursuits range from strategic management, organizational theory, organizational behavior, and international business.
Many faculty members serve as editors for several reputable journals. In addition, most OSIM faculty are on the editorial boards of highly visible journals.
The UTD Top 100 North America Rankings of Business Schools Based on Research Contribution in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategic Management Journal 2007-2012.
|University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)|
|University of Michigan (Ross School of Business)|
|University of Maryland (Smith School of Business)|
|Harvard University (Harvard Business School)|
|Texas A&M University (Mays Business School)|
|The Pennsylvania State University (Smeal College of Business)|
|Michigan State University (Broad College of Business)|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (College of Business)|
|University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management)|
|Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business)|
|University of South Carolina (Moore School of Business)|
|University of Western Ontario (Ivey School of Business)|
|University of Texas at Dallas (Jindal School of Management)|
|University of Texas (McCombs School of Business)|
|University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)|
With a strong emphasis on training in theories and student research, the Organization, Strategy, and International Management (OSIM) program provides students with a challenging and dynamic learning environment.
Our faculty are committed to student success in research and extensively collaborate with students on research papers. Students are also given the flexibility to determine their research interests and are provided access to both academic and industry resources and connections.
The goal of the OSIM program is to educate future researchers in management. Students graduate from the OSIM program with the knowledge and skill set to produce quality research. All our recent graduates have successfully secured tenure-track positions at universities that offer graduate degrees.
|Sungjin Hong||Queen’s University Belfast|
|Brian Pinkham||Texas Christian University (visiting)|
|Erin Pleggenkuhle-Miles||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|Hao Chen||Tsinghua University|
|David H Weng||City University of Hong Kong|
|Sunny Li Sun||University of Missouri-Kansas City|
|Yasuhiro Yamakawa||Babson College|
|Theodore Khoury||Oregon State University|
|Kyeungrae ‘Kenny’ Oh||University of Missouri-St. Louis|
|Irem Demirkan||Northeastern University|
|Ekin Alakent||Chapman University|
|Bindu Arya||University of Missouri-St. Louis|
|Kiran Ismail||St. John’s University|
|Mine Ozer||State University of New York College at Oneonta|
|Xia Zhao||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|Haibin Yang||City University of Hong Kong|
While most PhD programs produce a few paramount students with numerous publications, seldom is it seen that virtually all students from one program are very active in publishing. Such is the case in our program. Virtually all of our students succeed in publishing quality research in exceptional numbers.
Before graduation, some of our PhD students have already published their work in leading journals, often in collaboration with faculty and recent graduates. After graduation, our students maintain producing quality research in top journals. Some of their successes (both during and after their doctoral studies) include the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.
Below are examples of student publications in 24 leading business journals and the Financial Times (FT) top 45 journals from 2007-2012.
Markoczy, L., S.L. Sun, M.W. Peng, W. Shi, and B. Ren. “Social Network Contingency, Symbolic Management and Boundary Stretching” Strategic Management Journal (in press).
Lee, S.-H. and D. Weng. “Does Bribery in the Home Country Promote or Dampen Firm Exports?” Strategic Management Journal (in press).
Dess, G.G., B.C. Pinkham, and H. Yang. “Entrepreneurial Orientation: Assessing the Construct’s Validity and Addressing Some of Its Implications for Research in the Areas of Family Business and Organizational Learning” Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 35 (5): 1077-1090.
Lee, S.-H., Y. Yamakawa, M.W. Peng, and J.B. Barney. “How Do Bankruptcy Laws Affect Entrepreneurship Development Around the World?” Journal of Business Venturing (in press).
Yang, H., Z. Lin, and M.W. Peng. “Behind Acquisitions of Alliance Partners: Exploratory Learning and Network Embeddedness” Academy of Management Journal (in press).
Lee, S.-H., K. Oh, and L. Eden. “Why Do Firms Bribe? Insights from Residual Control Theory” Management International Review, 50: 775-796.
Peng, M.W., Y. Yamakawa, and S.-H. Lee. “Bankruptcy Laws and Entrepreneur-Friendliness” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34 (3): 517-530.
Qian, G., T. Khoury, M.W. Peng, and Z. Qian. “The Performance Implications of Intra- and Inter-Regional Geographic Diversification” Strategic Management Journal, 31 (9): 1018-1030.
Yang, H., Z. Lin, and Y. Lin. “A Multilevel Framework of Firm Boundaries: Firm Characteristics, Dyadic Differences, and Network Attributes” Strategic Management Journal, 31: 237-261.
Lin, Z., M.W. Peng, H. Yang, and S.L. Sun. “How Do Networks and Learning Drive M&As? An Institutional Comparison Between China and the United States” Strategic Management Journal, 30 (10): 1113-1132.
Lin, Z., H. Yang, and B. Arya. “Alliance Partners and Firm Performance: Resource Complementarity and Status Association” Strategic Management Journal, 30 (5): 921-940.
Peng, M.W., S.L. Sun, B. Pinkham, and H. Chen. “The Institution-Based View as a Third Leg for a Strategy Tripod” Academy of Management Perspectives, 23 (4): 63-81.
Richard, O.C., B.P.S. Murthi, and K. Ismail. “Does Race Matter for Firm Performance? Investigating Non-Linear Relationships” Strategic Management Journal, 28 (2): 1213-1233.
Wu, H.-L., W. Su, and C.-Y. Lee. “Employee Ownership Motivation and Individual Risk-taking Behavior: A Cross-Level Analysis on Taiwan’s Privatized Enterprises” International Journal of Human Resource Management,19(12): 2311-2331.
Yamakawa, Y. , M.W. Peng, and D. Deeds. “What Drives New Ventures to Internationalize from Emerging to Developed Economies?” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 32 (2): 59-82.
Lin, Z., H. Yang and I. Demirkan. “The Performance Consequences of Ambidexterity in Strategic Alliance Formations: Empirical Investigation and Computational Theorizing” Management Science, 53 (10): 1645-1658.
The International Management Studies (IMS) program only admits new students in the fall each year; spring or summer admissions are not granted. Although the official UT Dallas application deadlines for fall admission for U.S. residents and international applicants are July 1 and May 1 respectively, the University encourages students to apply as early as possible.
The Jindal School of Management starts making first-round admission decisions on January 16; we strongly encourage applicants to complete the entire application process no later than January 15.
The IMS program is designed for full-time students. Since the completion of a PhD requires a time commitment that is inconsistent with full-time or part-time employment elsewhere, the school will not consider applications for part-time status. During your PhD studies, you will work part-time (20 hours per week) for UT Dallas as a PhD Teaching Assistant.
The International Management Studies (IMS) PhD curriculum includes a business foundation, core courses, advanced seminars, a methodology requirement, directed readings, independent research courses and a dissertation. All students must take the PhD courses that are offered in each of the first two years in the program.
Students must pass the comprehensive qualifying examination, which is administered at the end of the second year of study after all the relevant course requirements have been satisfied. It is intended to assess the student’s mastery of the basic theories and methodologies central to the program and evaluate the student’s potential to do original research in an area of specialization. After passing the comprehensive exam, each student writes a dissertation proposal, which must be completed within six months of the comprehensive exam. The proposal is defended before a faculty committee appointed in consultation with the student, dissertation chair and PhD advisor. This committee also serves as the supervising committee for the dissertation after the proposal is approved.
Curriculum (minimum of 90 hours)
Business Foundation Courses (minimum of 12 hours)
These courses provide a foundation in basic business topics such as economics, marketing, finance and accounting. These courses may be waived for students with master’s degrees in management or other academic backgrounds that provide an equivalent foundation.
PhD Core Courses (18 hours)*
- OB 7300 Organization Theory
- MAS 8v42 Organizational Behavior
- IMS 7300 International Management
- IMS 8v40 International Business
- BPS 7300 Strategic Management
- MAS 8v51 Advanced Strategic Management
Advanced Seminars (9 hours)*
Advanced seminars are offered on topics in organization theory, organizational behavior, strategic management and international management. These courses provide an opportunity for students to explore areas of study in greater depth, develop short-term research projects and develop working relationships with faculty members with a view toward research publications and a dissertation.
- MAS 6V03 Management Scholarship
- MAS 6V04 Social networks
- MAS 6V05 Decision making
- OB 7310 Group dynamics
Research Methods (15 hours)*
- OB 7303 Research Design
- EPPS 6313 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- EPPS 6316 Applied Regression
- EPPS 7344 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
- OB 7306 Macro-Organizational Empirical Investigation
*Students are encouraged to take additional methods courses consistent with their research interests.
**Students desiring a methods sequence with a greater emphasis on mathematical statistics may substitute OPRE 6330 or STAT 5351, STAT 5352 and MECO 6320 for these three courses.
Directed readings and independent research courses (21 hours)
Students may take further courses with selected faculty members to develop more specialized knowledge in their areas of research interest before and after the comprehensive exam.
Dissertation (minimum of 15 hours)
The PhD degree is conferred after the dissertation is successfully defended.