Overview and description of the elective courses in Ph.D. program


This course emphasizes academic study of the management discipline using research tools and techniques to formulate knowledge about the management of organizations. Key topics include: Management structures; management theories; management styles; change management; leadership; and stakeholder management.

Strategic Management

This course integrates the study of strategy and strategic frameworks to enhance insights about an organization's strategic leaders and management. Key topics include the process of developing and executing a strategic framework, the role of strategy in organizational and success, and various strategic management theories and tactics.

Crisis Management

This synthesizes contemporary theory for leading and managing organizations during periods of crisis into a strategic framework for crisis management. Key topics include conceptual frameworks for managing crisis and turbulence, systems for recognizing and addressing crisis, and the role of strategic management during crisis.

Global Marketing

This course explores the conceptual frameworks and theories of the marketing discipline in the global environment. Key topics include the strategic approach to global market selection and entry and frameworks and theories for marketing across cultures and locations.

Marketing Communication

This course appraises the strategic foundations of marketing communication as the basis for marketing processes, campaigns and operations. Key topics include communication theory for marketing, communication and the marketing mix, and the emerging interactive role of marketing communication

Media Communication

This course assesses and expands the theoretical basis for messaging and interaction with the public and private media. Key topics include communication theories for messaging, factors that influence media coverage, and communication practices for digital and social media.

Project Management

This course examines the academic literature on project management in order to develop metrics and tools that improve project management effectiveness within organizations. Key topics include project management theory and research related to techniques, tools and metrics that enhance project progress and success.

Process Management

This course assesses the conceptual foundations of process management and its practices in organizations. Key topics include research on process management theory, tools, frameworks and metrics, process development, process modeling and the interaction between process and strategy

Team Management

This course combines research into project management and team dynamics to develop roles and practices for managing teams within organizations. Key topics include group communication processes and theories for teams, team leadership frameworks, along with research on organizing and managing teams and improving team performance.

Financial Management

This course reviews the theories, conceptual frameworks and metrics used in the financial management of organizations and nations. Key topics include analysis of the finance function in a contemporary economy and in individual organizations, the role of financial reporting and metrics for maximizing financial effectiveness.

Risk Management

This course examines the scholarly basis for risk and risk management in order to evaluate risk management tools, processes and techniques. Key topics include risk and risk management theory for financial, physical and intangible risk, risk management strategies, and concepts and frameworks for managing risk.

Financial Reporting and Analysis

This course investigates the theoretical framework for financial reporting, analysis and valuation in organizations. Key topics include financial statement analysis, asset valuation, risk assessment and forecasting, reporting techniques and cost analysis.

Human Resource Management

This course reviews the conceptual foundations of the human resource function in organizations. Key topics include the history and scholarship dedicated to human resource management, recruitment and training, human resource strategy, performance management and career development.

Planning and Development of Human Resources

This course develops theories for securing a stable, sustainable and productive human resource capacity. Key topics include the conceptual foundations for various human resource functions and their role in strategic planning for recruiting, retention, training and talent development.

Recruitment and Selection

This course aligns the conceptual grounding for employee recruitment with frameworks for recruitment and selection processes, tools and metrics. Key topics include planning for strategic hiring, recruitment and selection processes and tools, and the ethical core of sustainable hiring practices.

Change Management

This course develops the conceptual basis for managing organizations during periods and through processes of change. Key topics include scholarship dedicated to the nature of change, change management, risks from change and adaptability during times of rapid and complex change.

Corporate Social Responsibility

This course examines the theoretical and sociological framework for corporate social responsibility on the part of organizations in the private and public sectors. Key topics include the theoretical grounding for corporate social responsibility to various stakeholders, socially responsible policies and behaviors and metrics for social responsibility.

Digital Communication

This course investigates the role and impact of digital tools and processes on the communication function. Key topics include the conceptual foundations for digital communication and the use of digital communication techniques, tools and process in organizations.


This course examines the theoretical foundations of digital and internet-based commerce and their impact on organizations and industries. Key topics include the impact of e-commerce on business operations, the research basis for e-commerce practices and tools, e-commerce metrics and trends in internet-based business models.

Financial Markets and Investments

This course synthesizes the literature on financial markets in a global economy in order to analyze conceptual tools and practices for investing and financial management. Key topics include the conceptual foundations of financial markets, research models for various markets, tools and systems, and the role of investing in financial management.

International Business

This course investigates the scholarly foundations of business in the global environment in order to develop new approaches to international business. Key topics include the theoretical framework for international business including cultural, economic and financial, geographic and logistical considerations.

Managerial Accounting

This course develops a theoretical framework for accounting, its practice and tools used in the management and leadership of organizations. Key topics include the research frameworks for managerial accounting, the use of accounting methods to evaluate managerial decisions and accounting for cost control and budgeting.

Strategic Management of Sales

This course examines the theoretical basis for sales strategy and studies its role in the overall success and effectiveness of an organization. Key topics include scholarly research on developing sales strategy, strategic sales and sales management approaches, sales planning and forecasting and strategic sales growth. 

Strategic Communication and Public Relations

This course investigates the research framework for the public relations function in organizations. Key topics include the scholarly basis for successful communication through media channels, media relations, integrating public relations with corporate strategy and trends in public relations.

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