PhD in Management

Academic Year 2021-2022
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Riccardo Fini
Language English
Duration 4 years
Positions 9 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Expired)
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2021
Operating centre
Bologna
Main Department
Department of Management - DiSA
Mobility abroad
3 months
Research topics

The PhD Programme in Management covers several fundamental research domains: strategy, organizational behavior, marketing, innovation management and entrepreneurship, finance and financial intermediaries. The 4-year Programme offers specialization in two major areas: Management and Banking & Finance. Besides a series of common courses, candidates take specialized courses from one of the two areas.

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
In line with the placement performance of past PhD alumni, we expect that our future PhD candidates will mostly find an occupation in universities and public research centers, in Italy and abroad. Only a minority of our candidates will probably enter the business sector, especially in services and finance. Several former alumni have become leading scholars and serve as post-doc or as faculty at top-rated universities abroad such as City University London, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, HEC Paris, HEC Lausanne, IESEG Paris, Imperial College London, INSEAD, ISG Paris, Universidade Catolica de Lisboa, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Lugano.
Admission Board

Surname Name University/Institution Role email
Barbi Massimiliano Università di Bologna Member
Fini Riccardo Università di Bologna Member
Russo Marcello Università di Bologna Member
Valentini Sara Università di Bologna Member
Montaguti Elisa Università di Bologna Substitute
Orsingher Chiara Università di Bologna Substitute
Pizzi Gabriele Università di Bologna Substitute
Scarpi Daniele Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The PhD Programme in Management offers to candidates a broad and interdisciplinary education in the fields of business and finance studies and management research. It provides candidates with strong theoretical foundations in social science disciplines and a deep knowledge of research methods applied to management, banking and financial problems. It offers specialisations in two major concentration areas: General management and Banking & Finance. Doctoral candidates are expected to have full-time status, attend core and elective courses, participate in research projects conducted by faculty members, present their works at international conferences, and publish in international journals. The Programme offers the opportunity to acquire knowledge and advanced research methodologies in the scientific areas described above. It requires the production of an original research contribution. PhD candidates acquire competencies that can be used both in the academic and business sectors.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
During their first year, candidates of both courses attend two compulsory courses: Research methods and Econometrics.
The compulsory courses for first-year candidates in Management are: Introduction to statistics, Strategic management, Quantitative Research Methods, Consumer Behavior, Organizational Behavior, Research in Accounting, Qualitative methods, and Economics & Management of Innovation.
The compulsory courses for first-year candidates in Banking & Finance are: Microeconomics and 2 courses: Seminars in Corporate Finance 1, Seminars in Corporate Finance 2, Seminars in Banking, Intertemporal Asset Pricing, and 1 course between: Research in Accounting, Corporate Governance, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Financial Market regulations, Financial Mathematics and Big Data.
During the second year, candidates in Management must attend 3 elective courses: Arts, History and Management, Consumer Behavior/Marketing Strategy, Technology Management & Entrepreneurship and Research in Strategic Operations. Candidates in Banking & Finance must attend 2 compulsory courses: Econometrics 3 and Advanced Micro Panel Models, and 2 optional courses from the list of courses described in the first year.
In addition to these courses, all candidates take the seminar "The Art and Craft of Managing the Peer Review Process". During the second year, doctoral candidates attend two types of "lunch seminars" (at least 22 compulsory). The first type is called "My cup of tea". During these seminars, one member of the Faculty of the Department meets all the PhD candidates to present his/her research field. The second type is the "lunch seminars" organized by the Department featuring international scholars that give a talk on their research.
Finally, doctoral candidates, in collaboration with Bologna Business School, participate in the training on writing case studies and, guided by a professor of the school, complete the drafting of a case study.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
During the first three semesters PhD candidates learn the analytical tools for theoretical and empirical research in various sectors of economics and management. They will also attend summer schools and methodological seminars at the Department, other research centers of the University of Bologna or other universities. All the courses require the preparation of research notes. At the end of the first year research all candidates prepare a research paper under the supervision of a faculty member. During the third semester of the II year candidates prepare their thesis proposal which is presented at a department seminar. The thesis will be supervised by one main advisor (among members of the Academic Board). All PhD candidates normally are involved in research projects carried out by the Department and have to joint the 'lunch seminar' organized monthly by the Department. The University takes care of delivering basic courses (candidates are invited to attend) on 'research management and how to participate to EU projects and being aware of other research collaborations opportunities', 'Intellectual Property Management' and 'Entrepreneurship'. On top of basic courses, more advanced courses on these topics can be attended. The PhD coordinator suggests attendance to specific events (conferences, workshops, schools), based on the research projects of individual candidates.
Internationalization features
The entire PhD Programme is thought in English. Specifically:
- all courses are held in English;
- our candidates are immersed in an international research environment, wherein several seminars, summer schools and workshops are organized with the participation of internationally renowned scholars;
- the calls for applications are regularly published on the websites of international associations and job market platforms specialized in management and economics (e.g., INOMICS, EIASM, SSRN, AKADEUS, Academy of Management);
- our Programme attracts candidates from various countries including: Brazil; Russia; Turkey; Serbia; Ukraine; Albania; Indonesia; China; Romania; Lithuania; Pakistan; India; Iran; Tunisia; Iceland; Nigeria; Philippines, Portugal;
- Various foreign PhD candidates have also spent research periods at our Department (e.g., from Brasil, China, Germany, Spain and Norway) or have attended our PhD Programme under international mobility Programmes (e.g., Alban, Erasmus Mundus, World Bank).
- several former alumni have become leading scholars and serve as post-doc or as faculty at top-rated universities abroad such as City University London, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, HEC Paris, HEC Lausanne, IESEG Paris, Imperial College London, INSEAD, ISG Paris, Universidade Catolica de Lisboa, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Lugano.
Expected research results and products
Presentation of papers to national and international workshops, conferences and seminars during the PhD studies and submission of articles for publication in (mostly international) scientific journals during the PhD studies and immediately after graduation. Final thesis in the form of a monograph or a collection of three papers.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Name Surname University/Institution Qualification
Maria-Gabriella Baldarelli Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Massimiliano Barbi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Mascia Bedendo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Massimo Bergami Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cristina Boari Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Simone Ferriani Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Riccardo Fini Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Rosa Grimaldi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Marco Maria Mattei Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Stefano Mengoli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Elisa Montaguti Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Federico Munari Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Chiara Orsingher Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Emanuele Padovani Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Gabriele Pizzi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Manuela Presutti Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Marcello Russo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Daniele Scarpi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maurizio Sobrero Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Giuseppe Torluccio Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Salvatore Torrisi Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca Professore Ordinario
Laura Toschi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Sara Valentini Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Luca Zan Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario