Creating Impact through Rigorous Research

The Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) is the oldest school at LUMS, established in 1986. The school introduced the case method of teaching, keeping in mind the need for a challenging and relevant curriculum. SDSB at LUMS, in keeping with its goal of becoming an internationally renowned center of research in the field of management, is offering a course-based PhD programme in three specialisations:

Overview & Areas of Specialisation

The SDSB PhD Management Programme offers a unique opportunity for higher studies in Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, and Finance. The Programme has been designed to ensure that doctoral students have the full range of necessary research and teaching competencies, skills, and sufficient knowledge of their subject area essential for designing and executing research at the highest standards of academic excellence. It aims to do this by combining structured course work with supervised research study. The Programme design has been made in line with international standards and satisfies HEC guidelines for PhD Programmes. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is conferred upon such candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research. They have shown, to the satisfaction of SDSB, their command over their subject of interest, and their capacity to contribute to the frontiers of knowledge. PhD candidates are fundamentally driven by their desire to advance the state of the art, and to discover new phenomena, theories and applications that were previously unknown. The LUMS PhD Programme in Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, and Finance puts emphasis on rigorous coursework and high quality research that should be published in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. A PhD student is encouraged to tackle both coursework and research in parallel; success in both these components is a requirement for the award of the PhD degree.

Why PhD Management at SDSB

  • SDSB ranked among top 300 business schools by QS Rankings by Subject 2017
  • Fully funded programme with substantial monthly stipend
  • 46 faculty members with PhDs from world-renowned international universities teaching at SDSB
  • 21 journal articles published in 13 ‘A’ ranked journals by ABDC and ABS
  • Graduates working in reputable national and international universities

 

Organisational Behaviour and Strategy (OB&S)

OB&S enables students to gain insight into the functioning of complex and evolving organisations. It principally trains students in the theory and methods of disciplines such as Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Strategy/Organisation Studies.

Current Research Topics:

  • Industrial Clusters & Competitive Strategy
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Leadership & Organisational Change
  • Negotiations
  • HRM in Developing Countries
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics and CSR
  • Organisational Justice & Abusive Supervision
  • Emotions at Workplace

 

Operations Management (OM)

OM deals with configuring people, materials, machines and methods for optimal benefits. Characterized by a blend of theoretical and applied research, OM draws upon a wide range of disciplines including Mathematics,Economics and other Social Sciences.

 

Current Research Topics

  • Mathematical Modelling/Optimisation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Enterprise Modelling
  • Operations Strategy
  • Technology/Innovation Management
  • Product/Process Development
  • Value Stream Management
  • Business Analytics & Business Intelligence

 

Finance

Finance focuses on current research topics in Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, Investments, Financial Institutions and Islamic Finance. The coursework offers a variety of theoretical and empirical research topics for students, training them for high quality research and preparing them for careers in finance with leading academic and research institutions.

Current Research Topics

  • Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions
  • Regulatory Framework and Role of Financial Institutions
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • International Finance and Banking
  • Portfolio Diversification, Investments and Financial Markets
  • Financial Risk Management and Contingent Securities
  • Corporate Finance and Investments in Emerging Markets
  • Behavioural and Experimental Finance
  • Theory of the Firm, Agency Problems, Corporate Governance and other institutional issues

 

Academic Experience: 

Table 1: Roadmap of PhD Management Programme (Organisational Behaviour & Strategy)

PhD Management

YEAR-I

YEAR-II

YEAR-III

YEAR-IV

 

Fall Semester

Research Methods—2 credit hours
Applied Statistics-3 credit hours
Applications of Psychology in Management-3 credit hours
Economic Theory-3 credit hours

Pedagogy—2 credit hours
Philosophy of Administrative Sciences—2 credit hours

Seminar in Human Resource Management-3 credit hours
Seminar in Strategic Management-3 credit hours

Work on Dissertation Proposal

Work on Dissertation

 

Proposal Defence (Deadline: 31st December)

 

Spring Semester

Seminar in Organisational Theory-3 credit hours
Seminar in Organisational Behaviour-3 credit hours
Advanced Research Methods-3 credit hours

Preparation for Comprehensive Exam–B

Work on Dissertation

Work on Dissertation

 

Comprehensive Exam–II (Deadline: 30th May)

 

Summer semester

Comprehensive Exam–A  (Deadline: 15th July)

 

Dissertation Defence

 

Note: All courses are 3 credit hours (45 hours) unless otherwise stated.

Total credits required for graduation: Coursework = 30 credit hours, Research Work = 30 credit hours.

Core courses are bold, Area courses in italic and other are Support Area courses.

 

Table 2: Roadmap of PhD Management Programme (Operations Management)

PhD Management  YEAR-I YEAR-II YEAR-III YEAR-IV
Fall Semester Research Methods—2 credit hours
Applied Statistics-3 credit hours
Seminar in Operations and Supply Chain Strategy-3 credit hours
*Economic Theory-3 credit hours
*Mathematical Modelling-3 credit hours  
Pedagogy—2 credit hours
Philosophy of Administrative Sciences—2 credit hours
Seminar in Supply Chain Analysis-3 credit hours
 Seminar in Technology and Innovation Management-3 credit hours 
Work on Dissertation Proposal Work on Dissertation
Proposal Defence (Deadline: 31st December)
Spring Semester Seminar in Production Analysis-3 credit hours
Decision Behaviour-3 credit hours
Advanced Research Methods-3 credit hours 
Preparation for Comprehensive Exam–B Work on Dissertation Work on Dissertation
Comprehensive Exam–B (Deadline: 30th May)
Summer Semester Comprehensive Exam–A (Deadline: 15th July)   Dissertation Defence
Note: All courses are 3 credit hours (45 hours) unless otherwise stated.
*OM students need to take one of these courses as a Support Area course and Audit the other.
Total credits required for graduation: Coursework = 30 credit hours, Research Work = 30 credit hours.
Core courses are bold, Area courses in italic and other are Support Area courses.

 

Table 3: Roadmap of PhD Management Programme (Finance)

PhD Management  YEAR-I YEAR-II YEAR-III YEAR-IV
Fall Semester Research Methods—2 credit hours
Econometrics and Research Methodology I-4 credit hours
*Economic Theory-3 credit hours
*Mathematical Modelling-3 credit hours 
Pedagogy—2 credit hours
Philosophy of Administrative Sciences—2 credit hours

Seminar in Islamic and Corporate Finance-3 credit hours
Seminar in Financial Intermediation and Regulatory Framework-3 credit hours
Work on Dissertation Proposal Work on Dissertation
Proposal Defence (Deadline: 31st December)
Spring Semester Econometrics and Research Methodology–II-4 credit hours
Corporate Finance-3 credit hours
Investment Theory and Financial Markets-3 credit hours
Preparation for Comprehensive Exam–B Work on Dissertation Work on Dissertation
Comprehensive Exam-B (Deadline: 30th May)
Summer Semester Comprehensive Exam–A  (Deadline: 15th July)   Dissertation Defence
 
Note: All courses are 3 credit hours (45 hours) unless otherwise stated.
Total credits required for graduation: Coursework = 30 credit hours, Research Work = 30 credit hours.
Core courses are bold, Area courses in italic and other are Support Area courses.