The Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management (ISOM) consists of two divisions: Information Systems and Operations Management. The Department is internationally recognized for its authoritative research and ranked among the Top 20 in the world and No. 1 in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the University of Texas at Dallas’s survey (2009-2013) of the premier ISOM journals: Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, and Operations Research.

Faculty members of the Information Systems (IS) division are on the editorial boards of the top IS journals. Our students have gone on to academic positions in Australia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore, UK, and the USA. Some are now full professor/associate professors and on the editorial boards of the top IS journals.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme in Information Systems (IS) is a research-oriented degree that aims to prepare students for a research and teaching career in universities, research institutes, governmental or business organizations. The programme has a technology management perspective with a focus on economic modelling and behavioural research into the management, design, use, and socio-economic impact of information technology on individuals, organizations, and societies. The PhD (IS) programme is intended to be taken as the follow-up part of the MPhil (IS) programme.

Research Foci

The two key areas of research focus in the IS division are as follows:

Behavioural Research: Our primary interest is in studying the management of information technology (IT) and the use of IT for managerial and organizational purposes. Our research examines more than just technological systems or social systems – it investigates the phenomena that emerge when the two interact. Examples include human-computer interaction, user acceptance of IT innovations, IT strategy, electronic communities, e-government, e-commerce, and telecommunications policy. The methodologies employed include surveys, experiments and field studies. PhD students will need to take courses in psychology, organizational behaviour, survey design, experimental design, multivariate statistics, etc. Prospective students with excellent analytical ability and good proficiency in English are preferred.

Analytical and Empirical Modeling: Economics has contributed to the theoretical richness and methodological rigour of IS research. Examples include information economics, the economics of electronic commerce, economic models for the impact of IT on organizations and markets, and supply and demand of IT. This interdisciplinary collaboration has the potential to help resolve many difficult IS issues. PhD students interested in this area need to take courses in game theory, industrial organization, price theory, econometrics, etc. Prospective students with a strong quantitative academic background are preferred.

Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

ii. English Language Admission Requirements

You have to fulfil English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:

  • TOEFL-iBT 80
  • TOEFL-PBT 550
  • TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.5 & All sub-scores: 5.5

*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.

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