Design & Innovation Background

The PhD program in the Department of Design & Innovation seeks to develop scholars who challenge conventional wisdom, think critically and creatively, are skilled in rigorous research methods that transcend the qualitative/quantitative divide and desire a career addressing significant organizational problems.

We value thought and action that betters the lives of people, contributes to a just society and maintains a sustainable environment. Our objective is to be recognized globally as a distinctive force in management research that is founded on interdisciplinary, outward-looking faculty collaboration, and that addresses deep problems confronting today’s organizations.

The Department of Design & Innovation offers a PhD in management that builds upon our school's history of firsts. Among Weatherhead's innovations in doctoral education are:

The PhD program within the Department of Design & Innovation takes as inspiration our school's tradition of breaking new ground to launch a distinctive, one-of-its-kind doctoral program dedicated to rigorous scholarship at the nexus of intelligence, innovation and customer interactions both external and internal to the enterprise.

PhD students will generally engage with problems grounded in practice, building on traditions in the disciplines of information systems, strategy and marketing. A belief that informs the program is that action underlies inquiry, strategy informs action, and innovative action creates customer value. The fundamental units of action are the ongoing relationships between the enterprise and its varied stakeholders, and the fundamental metric of action is the creation and capture of customer/stakeholder value. Therefore, the PhD program encourages a hands-on education, broad exposure to technique, close association with industry and intensive workshops with senior faculty.