Diverse majors with hard-to-find concentrations
- business process innovation
- information systems
- international business specialization
- organizational behavior & human resources
- real estate
- risk management & insurance
- Students play an active role in the design of the program of study during the coursework phase of the program.
- Students take 15 hours of research methods courses, 18 hours of discipline-specific coursework within their major, and nine hours are dedicated to a secondary area of interest.
Research is the main component of the PhD program. Students are mentored by highly research productive faculty and are strongly encouraged to publish in scholarly journals and present research papers at national and regional conferences. Students are also encouraged to attend Robinson’s Research Workshops. Robinson's PhD program aims to graduate individuals who are sought after for faculty positions in research-oriented universities.
Dr. François Neville is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. Located in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada), McMaster University is Canada’s most research-intensive university (per Research Infosource) and currently ranks 2nd worldwide in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. François’ research interests reside in the area of strategic leadership and corporate governance, which generally seeks to understand how strategic leaders (e.g., CEOs, executives, and/or entrepreneurs) influence firm strategies and performance. His current research agenda focuses on how a firm’s strategic leaders shape a firm’s stakeholder strategy; represented by such outcomes as corporate misconduct, corporate social performance, and receptivity to stakeholder activism. His work is forthcoming or published in leading academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Business Venturing. His research has been generously funded by various sources, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, for a cumulative total exceeding $150,000. François has also been recognized for his dissertation work through receiving the Best Dissertation Award from the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division of the Academy of Management and being named a finalist for the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition.
How RCB prepared me…
The training I received while in the PhD program at Robinson was instrumental in providing me with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies that have allowed me to succeed in my career to this point. The PhD program at Robinson effectively balances rigor, relevance, and flexibility in such a way that doctoral students acquire necessary skills and are also empowered to become independent scholars. Finally, the faculty at Robinson are truly world-class experts in their respective fields and extremely approachable and adaptable to students’ individual needs and career goals. With ample faculty support and a generous funding structure, the Robinson PhD program also enables doctoral students to engage in critical developmental activities, such as attending conferences and workshops, that are essential for establishing a professional network and fostering collaborations with other doctoral students and faculty at outside institutions.
- “Founding Family Ownership and Firm Performance: Evidence from the Evolution of Family Ownership and Firm Policies,” by Chip Ryan of the Department of Finance and former doctoral student Huimin Li, has been accepted by the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.
- Sarang Sunder, a marketing Ph.D. graduate in 2015, has been announced as Best 40 Under 40 professor.
- Cazembe Monds a doctoral student in the Institute of International Business was awarded the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics' Student Research Award for his study titled: "Content Analysis on Marketing Campaigns: Instances of Bounded Rationality, Bounded Awareness, and Decision Making."
- Jamie Chung has accepted an offer last Fall to join University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Business Administration as an assistant professor of finance and real estate.
- Sarah Ku has accepted a tenure track faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Sustainability, with a secondary appointment in the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. Sarah will be contributing her research and teaching expertise of inclusive sustainability at a large private research university in a global city.
- Liuming Yang has accepted the offer to join Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as an assistant professor of real estate. CUHK Business School is among the best in Asia. Recent UTD research ranking places CUHK business school No 1. in Asia. Their MBA, EMBA and MSF have been consistently ranked among top 2 in Hong Kong and top 5 or 10 in Asia.
- Ph.D. candidate Rongen "Sophia" Zhang has received the 2021 Association for Information Systems (AIS) Doctoral Student Service Award.
- “Cherry-Picking Industrial Properties in Opportunity Zones,” by Jon Wiley of the Department of Real Estate and doctoral student Hana Nguyen, has been accepted by Real Estate Economics.
Recipients of the Provost's Dissertation Fellowship Award (2022)
- Jamie Chung, PhD student in real estate
- Sarah Ku, PhD student in international business
- Rongen (Sophia) Zhang, PhD student in computer information systems
Recent placements include:
- Auburn University
- Baylor University
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Iowa State University
- Lehigh University
- Michigan State University
- Pepperdine University
- Texas A&M
- Texas Christian University
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Denver
- University of Leeds
- University of Ottawa
- Virginia Tech
Location, location, location
Both of our campuses are in the middle of Atlanta’s professional districts — an ideal location for the study of many business-related topics.
Most classes are held downtown. A few classes are offered in Buckhead.
Typically 5 years
Students typically receive tuition waivers and stipends to cover living expenses.
Downtown or Buckhead
Check with your coordinator.