The PhD Program currently offers specialization in the following four major areas:
The field of Management and Organization is typically considered as comprising a division between a more macro orientation geared towards studying organizations and their higher level aggregates as well as the more micro-level concerns focusing on individual and group behavior within organizations. The Management and Organization specialization within the PhD program at Sabancı University can accommodate students who wish to pursue any one of these lines of research as well as those who may wish to seek ways to integrate the two.
The curriculum of the Management and Organization program firstly provides a strong background in conducting scholarly research. Building on this, students then take courses that specifically focus on organization theory, strategic management, organizational behavior and cross-cultural psychology. Students are then provided with the opportunity, through elective courses, to pursue their specific interests and develop a research agenda to be examined during dissertation work.
Due to an increasing presence of Big Data in our lives and the endless possibilities to make humanitarian and commercial use of it through data-driven business decision-making, companies and institutions are more and more inclined to invest in R&D in the areas of Business and Data Analytics. Our Business Analytics PhD program, another first by Sabancı University in Turkey, is specifically designed to address the human resources need for researchers and analysts, through its rigorous curriculum, opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders in Analytics and a unique opportunity to conduct applied research with real-world datasets at SU Behavioral Analytics & Visualization Lab, a joint venture of Sabancı University and MIT Media Lab.
The Business Analytics PhD program, added as an area of specialization among School of Management doctoral programs, offers full scholarship to candidates with excellent prior academic performance. Upon successful completion of the program, students may expect to continue their academic career in a top research university, or pursue a business career in corporate R&D units as well as Analytics service provider companies as Analytics Experts. The flexibility of choosing a curriculum with cross-discipline courses not only increases the variety of academic exposure in this field, but also prepares our students in the most extensive and effective ways for their future careers.
Operations Management, one of the basic functions in organizations, consists of all activities that are directly related to producing goods or providing services. Operations Management is a field that has emerged from the need of explicitly addressing the decision-making issues that managers confront regarding the operations function of their organizations. With its continuously evolving nature, it has expanded from its foundations in production engineering to include a wide array of subjects such as operations and manufacturing strategy, service operations, product and process design, innovation, quality management, process reengineering, as well as supply chain design and management. This spectrum addresses the whole value chain in which an organization operates taking into account all the involved parties from suppliers to customers and their interactions.
The Operations Management specialization within the PhD program at Sabancı University accommodates students who wish to carry out their studies in one of these areas using the most appropriate research methodology. The diversity of the subject area calls for a base of different research methodologies founded in various disciplines. The curriculum has been designed so that the students are exposed not only to traditional research foundations rooted in operations research and statistics but also to research methodologies from other management disciplines such as organization studies. Given this perspective, students are then provided with the opportunity to focus on their specific interests and develop a research agenda to be examined during their dissertation work.
The PhD specialization in Finance emphasizes rigorous analytical training and prepares students to pursue careers either in the academia or in the financial industry. Research in the field of finance generally starts with economic models. The chief goal is then to explore important questions faced by the industry using these models.
Typically, these problems are concerned with the management and the allocation of capital, risk, and rewards in the economy.
The curriculum stresses financial theory as well as tools widely used in academic research as well as in the financial industry. In particular, empirical work widely uses the tools of financial econometrics. Mathematical tools are also important as they provide efficient tools to understand complex models that reflect, as closely as possible, the important features of the market.