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:

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 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:

Spring semester: 9 credit hours

Summer session

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

Deliverable:

Spring semester: 9 credit hours

Deliverables:

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: 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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