PhD in Management


Program Description

The LUISS Ph.D. Program in Management is a disciplined – but not disciplinary – learning path for high potential doctoral candidates. It offers concentrations in strategy, organization, innovation and entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, and corporate finance. Primary areas of faculty research include business model innovation; corporate governance; finance for innovation; project-based organizing, technology transfer, and IPR management, international management; new venture formation, growth, and corporate entrepreneurship; organizational learning and adaptation; public management and accounting; social capital and innovation; and word-of-mouth-led innovation.

Faculty focuses on diverse empirical contexts ranging from the aerospace, creative and telecommunications industries to the health service and the public sector. LUISS faculty has published papers in Administrative Science Quarterly, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of Marketing Research, Organization Science, Psychological Science, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal.

The Ph.D. program is comprised of four years of full-time study. The overall path consists of research and teaching training, a visiting period abroad, and dissertation preparation.

The first two years are dedicated to coursework. Year 1 consists of disciplinary courses in management and research methods. Year 2 is dedicated to courses on a chosen field of specialization, concluding with the development of a research proposal.

Years 3 and 4 are devoted to research and to dissertation preparation, culminating in the submission and defense of the thesis. Along the entire learning path, students are also exposed to seminars and workshops on publication strategies and approaches to the international job market.

The Ph.D. training courses are also open to students enrolled in Ph.D. programs of other universities, upon payment of a fee.

Application and admission

LUISS invites outstanding candidates to apply for the PhD Program in Management. The Ph.D. is an intense and rigorous program that equips students with the research skills to become world-leading experts in the chosen field of studies. Under the guidance of an internationally renowned faculty, students conduct independent field-based research in strategy and organization, innovation and entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, corporate finance, and business ethics, responsibility and sustainability.

All classes are taught in English. Graduating students find placement primarily in the world of research, both academic and non-academic, as well as in large consulting organizations and firms.

LUISS offers up to seven fellowships to attend the PhD. Admitted students are offered a financial support package which includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of € 15,343.28 gross per year to cover living expenses during the 4 years of the degree. Additionally, students have access to funding for research trips as well as a grant increment if they spend a visiting period at a prestigious international university.

Applications are due by 12th April 2019 at 16 (CEST), UTC + 2

To develop a program suited to their interests, students are encouraged to gain research experience by closely working with the LUISS faculty and to spend at least one semester at an internationally renowned research university.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli – is an independent university. It was created out of a pre-existing Roman institution, Pro Deo, between 1974 and 1978.

LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli – is an independent university. It was created out of a pre-existing Roman institution, Pro Deo, between 1974 and 1978. Read less