Doctor of Management

Program Overview

Business leadership is increasingly required to integrate multiple sources of knowledge, understand the perceptions of diverse parties and put human values into action. Executives are challenged to create social, intellectual and economic value for their organizations and for society at large based on rigorous and sound evidence. Recognizing these challenges, the Weatherhead School of Management offers two doctorate degrees in management for working professionals: the Doctor of Management (DM) and the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management.

The DM is a three-year lockstep program with an option to pursue the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management. DM students’ research projects are evaluated by a faculty review committee over the course of the program at critical research milestones.

Doctor of Management (DM)

Year One
  • Identify problem of practice
  • Understand & synthesize relevant literature
  • Complete conceptual paper
  • Initiate qualitative research project
Year Two
  • Complete qualitative research paper
  • Develop theoretical model
  • Initiate quantitative research project
Year Three
  • Complete quantitative research paper
  • Complete dissertation composed of qualitative and quantitative research projects
  • Integrate research projects into dissertation

PhD in Management, Sustainable Systems

Additional Year
  • Directed independent research
  • Attend Research Workshops
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Proposal Defense
  • Dissertation Defense

Expert Assessment of the PhD Program

Is This Program Right for Me?

The purpose of the DM program is to develop thought leaders for the advancement of business and society. A Weatherhead DM student combines a disciplined approach to scholarship with a focus on compelling problems of practice.

Candidates conduct several rigorous studies during the program that introduce them to the theories, practices and techniques of evidence-based management. The DM experience is intended to equip graduates with the requisite skills to apply evidence-based management in their organizations, to apply research to practice, to engage and prepare for self-directed lifelong learning in management research, to continue research dissemination, and to cultivate a broad profile for scholarly teaching. DM students also may apply to the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in management program, thereby extending their coursework an additional year. This fourth year is dedicated to independent doctoral studies and research workshops that permit students to meet the requirements of a PhD in management offered by the School of Graduate Studies. During both the DM and PhD programs students are required to prepare and submit their research papers to appropriate high-quality academic conferences for review and presentation. A core goal for both programs is for students to make original intellectual contributions while enrolled in the programs.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What is the value of participating in a DM program

We are often asked what is the value of the DM program? What is the ROI on my investment? Though this cannot be estimated exactly but only in rare cases we will offer below several benefits as reported our current students and alumni. Most of our alumni indicate that their study in the DM program has materially and directly impacted the way they work and think. Moreover, their ongoing research often informs their practice immediately. The research they do in the program often has generated findings that they can use in their workplace to guide action. Many times it has resulted in IP that has been patented or trademarked or lead to new and different consulting engagements. Moreover, learning how to do research enables students to engage in new research in the workplace and expand it. We provide below testimonials that have been collected over the years from students about the impact of the program on their work, career and management practices.

Benefit to Participants

Our DM offers experienced executives unparalleled benefits:

Value to Organizations

To compete effectively in today’s complex world, organizations require leaders who:

Weatherhead’s unique practitioner-scholar orientation will allow you to:

Weatherhead DM Blog

Hear from current DM students, alumni, and faculty about recent findings and applied research.

Read the DM Blog