Designing Sustainable Systems Option for DM Alumni

In keeping with its history of educational innovation, Weatherhead recently developed the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program. Admission to this new and innovative PhD track is open to those who have graduated from Weatherhead’s pioneering Doctor of Management (DM) program. The new track builds on and advances the essential foundations and goals of the original doctoral program for senior practitioners, launched as the Executive Doctor in Management (EDM) in 1995.

The Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program represents a new model of doctoral education in management. It takes a broader, evidence-based approach to management issues. The research in this track incorporates perspectives from new thinking about design, sustainability and complex systems as they relate to management in a global environment. EDM/DM research puts strong emphasis on integrative knowledge and on methodologies that synthesize concepts, research and experience. Like the EDM/DM, the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program places a premium on:

  • The use of multiple theories that stretch the issue beyond the boundaries of a single perspective
  • Efforts that synthesize prior work from several disciplines
  • Translation of previously-produced academic knowledge into terms that can guide policy and practice
  • Proposals that integrate theory and experience
  • Research that draws upon multiple methods and knowledge paradigms

This track in the PhD in management contrasts with the single-discipline focus of most currently available PhD programs, which typically attract students with limited managerial experience. It differs from traditional PhD programs in three respects:

  • The research is transdisciplinary and integrates concepts, theories and methods from design, sustainability and systems thinking
  • Combining rigor, relevance and research in a manner that is useful to practitioners as well as the academy, the program addresses the need for a new kind of practical and experienced academic educator who takes a broad, crossdisciplinary approach to management issues and who addresses research questions that derive from practice. Research methods are applied to complex managerial problems, generating knowledge that makes a contribution to managerial action as well as to scholarly literature
  • It is residency-based, enabling participants to maintain their employment and direct connection to practice while in the program

The Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program represents the next advancement in management education. It offers a unique and exciting educational opportunity for current students and graduates of the EDM/DM program to enhance their intellectual achievement and to extend and deepen their contributions to managerial knowledge.

Curriculum

EDM/DM alumni enrolling for the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program will devote two years to seminars and research, thereby expanding their research portfolio and preparing them for an academic career.

Year One

Fall semester: 9 credit hours

Deliverable:

  • Personal study plan: includes classic and new readings in the candidate’s chosen discipline and/or courses recommended by the committee chair and advisors

Spring semester: 9 credit hours

  • MGMT 664 – Knowledge Dissemination to Influence Managerial Practice
  • MGMT 677 – Designing Sustainable Systems
  • MGMT 602 – Special Topics OR other elective course

Summer session

  • Two-day workshop
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Defense of dissertation proposal

Although transdisciplinary research is the main focus of this track, students in the PhD in management: Designing Sustainable Systems track are also expected to be grounded in a disciplinary field as demonstrated by successfully passing a comprehensive examination in their chosen field. A required comprehensive examination at the end of the first spring semester is based upon the selected research topic and the research approach.

Year Two

Fall semester: 9 credit hours

  • Dissertation research (includes participating in two research workshops/seminars)

Deliverable:

  • A manuscript presented and defended in a research workshop

Spring semester: 9 credit hours

  • Dissertation research (includes participating in two research workshops/seminars)

Deliverables:

  • A summary of the thesis or a specific paper presented and defended in a research workshop
  • PhD dissertation submitted and defended

Admission Requirements for DM Alumni

In order to be eligible for the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program, the applicant must have successfully completed all first- and second-year courses in the DM program OR be an alumnus or alumna of the DM program.

Required Materials

Applicants should submit an online application to the School of Graduate Studies which includes the following items:
  • Official transcripts
  • Four essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of assessment by subject area advisor
  • Application fee of $50
  • International students require evidence of financial support for studies
The application deadline for fall 2014 is July 15, 2013.

Tuition

The current total tuition and fees for the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program is $25,000 per semester. Tuition covers university fees, instruction and some meals. Candidates are responsible for all other costs such as books, lodging, and transportation to and from the on-campus residencies.

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