|Application deadline:||Last day of May|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||October 2013|
|Duration full-time:||48 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|Project type:||Open, Predefined|
SKEMA business school proposes a strong international standard base PhD in Management called KTO (Knowledge, Technology and Organization) PhD. This PhD in Management combines disciplinary breadth and methodological depth. It prepares candidates for research and teaching careers at leading educational institutions where advanced research capabilities are required. The KTO PhD is a full-time programme. It is intensive, with high expectation on independent inquiry, on competences in research methods and on collaboration. Our goal is to place students in top institutions in Europe and in the US.
Why to choose the SKEMA business PhD program in Management?
The KTO PhD program offers:
1. Unique Research capabilities:
* The PhD programme is mostly supported by the Knowledge, Technology and Organization (KTO) research centre. The KTO research centre seeks to contribute to academic and policy debates about management challenges in a global knowledge based economy. The topics covered by the KTO centre include strategy or organization in relation with innovation and knowledge.The KTO centre also investigates various issues in international business, business ethics and emerging countries. The KTO centre organises international research workshops and seminars on a regular basis with the participation of professors from the world's leading universities.
* Professors from the KTO centre have a strong record of publications in recognised international journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change etc. The KTO centre organizes international research workshops and seminars on a regular basis with participation of professors from the worlds leading universities. Visiting professors from top institutions also teach in the KTO PhD programme. It also supports doctoral seminars where SKEMA PhD students and invited students are invited to present their research work.
* The KTO PhD also benefits from the expertise and competencies from other SKEMA business school research centres (e.g., the European Centre for Corporate Control Studies, Innovation and Competition Research Centre). Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty from other centres in methodological courses and during regular common seminars.
2. A truly international PhD:
* The KTO PhD in Management is a truly international programme. All courses and seminars are held in English and students come from all over the world. KTO faculty has demonstrated an enduring endeavour to create opportunities for students to meet, discuss and work with world-class researchers in their field of specialisation.
* PhD students are encouraged to visit foreign universities and to develop research collaboration abroad in their third and fourth years of study.
* SKEMA Business School is a multi-campus international business school located in France (Sophia Antipolis, Lille and Paris), North America (Raleigh, North Carolina) and China (Suzhou). Students will have opportunities to visit other SKEMA campuses when useful for their research project or teaching experience.
3. Excellent working conditions:
* Assistantships are awarded every yearthrough a financial aid package that fully covers tuition and provides an attractive stipend that can continue for up to four years in the programme. This assistantship is yearly evaluated based on the overall student's performance.
* Funding for participation in leading international conferences, seminars, or workshops is available.
* Students have the possibility to access to a large and rich portfolio of databases (e.g., ORBIS, WRDS, Thomson One, etc.)
* The KTO PhD is located in Sophia Antipolis on the French Riviera, one of the most popular science parks in Europe with leading innovation clusters in electronic, aerospace, software, telecommunications, perfume and tourism etc.
4. Learning environment:
From inception, students become involved a research environment. In the first 3 months, each student is assigned a faculty sponsor for the first year and integrated in a department in relation with their area of specialization. Together the student, the director of the department and sponsor develop a plan of study and assistantship experience. Students begin discussing research with their sponsor in the fall of their first year with the goal of initiating a research project by the summer after the first year.
After the end of the first year, both sponsors and students can decide whether they wish to convert the relationship to one of supervisor-supervisee for the purpose of the dissertation. However, students always have the option to choose another supervisor. Students are also encouraged to find a co-supervisor in the course of their research project in particular when an external specific competence may be beneficial to the students advancement.
Finally, all along their PhD years, students are proposed to teach in undergraduate or graduate programs to get a real teaching experience and practices. They further attend and contribute to KTO and department meetings as members of SKEMA faculty.
The Knowledge Technology Organization PhD in management is a four-year programme. In their two first years students attend basic courses. Each course/module is evaluated separately with a final exam.
* Requirements to move to the second year:
* Attendance at each course/module examination
* At least C in each course of the methods section
* at least B in each course of the fundamental section
* Requirements to move to the third year:
* At least B in Strategic and Organization Courses
* A successful defense of the student's research proposal
The research proposal is presented before a committee by the end of the second year. Together with their sponsors and the Ph.D. coordinator, the members of the committee decide whether the student is allowed to continue in the third year. This decision is based on the basis of courses and examination completion, on the evaluation of the research proposal and on the evaluation of the ability of the student to design and engage in an academic career. Its evaluation is made on the following criteria:
* Understanding of the academic standards (writing, consistency, structure)
* Publication and intellectual contributions potential of the research project
* Pass the final exam at the end of the second year.
If the requirements for the completion of the second year are not met, an MSc in Research is awarded as long as the student obtains satisfactory results.
* The Third and fourth year are dedicated to completing the thesis and developing academic papers that will be presented in conferences.
* Seminars and workshops:
* KTO weekly seminars series: KTO runs a seminar combining presentations from KTO faculty members and world-class guest speakers.
* Doctoral workshops: PhD students are invited to present their research work or project.
During the courses of the programme, students are invited to attend events such as teaching seminars and publication workshops.
Attendance at courses, seminars and workshops is mandatory throughout the programme.
* Assistantship/teaching requirements for funded students.
Yearly evaluation of grants based on overall student's performance.
Finally the PhD is awarded at the end of the fourth year once the thesis is defended before a jury composed of the scientific committee and the student thesis supervisor.
Admission to the KTO PhD programmeis highly competitive, with the number of qualified applicants always greatly exceeding the number of available places. Typically 5-6 students are admitted each year and 2-4 are going through the second year. Meeting the requirements listed above does not guarantee admission.
Admission decisions are made by a recruiting committee and rely on a number of factors including academic background (e.g., grades and training in mathematics, statistics and social sciences), research experience, test scores, aspirations, and fit with the research interests of KTO research center and its members. Pre-selected applicants are interviewed via telephone; local applicants may be invited to visit the campus.
Applications must contain a photocopy of the passport or identity card of the candidate.
Applications handed in or posted after the deadline will not be considered.
Application must include:
* The application form (clearly typed or printed),
* The candidates citizenship
* A handwritten motivation letter explaining the candidates objectives and research interests
* A detailed curriculum vitae
* Copy of diplomas and grading
* A photocopy of the official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or of the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) for applicants whose native language is not English (unless the Master was delivered in English)
* GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is highly appreciated
* Two (or more) letters of recommendation (preferably academic references)
* Two photos
* A publication relevant to the candidates evaluation (e.g. an article, report or thesis written by the applicant) and a list of these publications.
* The name of the university and the (expected) degree conferral date
* The Registration fees: 120 Euros
When processing the enrolment application, the SKEMA administration must check that:
1. The applicant has the necessary academic qualifications to complete the degree programme
2. The student has secured adequate funding
The SKEMA administration cannot be held responsible for the lack of notification resulting from inaccurate or delayed information, or changes regarding permanent and mailing addresses provided by candidates. Nor can SKEMA be held responsible for postal or telegraphic delays not caused by the Business School.
A number of Assistantship awards are made to the most highly qualified candidates.
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