The Ph.D. Programme in Management at the University of Bologna is a 4-year full-time program offered in English. The Ph.D. Programme offers specialization in two tracks: "Management" and "Accounting, Banking, and Finance".

The Ph.D. Programme offers candidates a broad and interdisciplinary education in the fields of business, management, and finance. It provides them with strong theoretical foundations in social sciences and a thorough knowledge of research methods applied to management and financial problems.

Doctoral students are expected to have full-time status, attend core and elective courses, participate in research projects coordinated by faculty members, and present their works at research seminars, international conferences, and international journals. All courses are in English, and our students are immersed in an international research environment, wherein several seminars, summer schools, and workshops are organized with the participation of internationally renowned scholars. 

During their training, Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to spend a period as visiting scholars abroad in a university that fits their research interests. Candidates can attend courses and seminars offered by the hosting institution, establish stronger links with international faculties, and develop international research collaborations for their dissertations. To fund their stay abroad, Ph.D. candidates can eventually apply for the Unibo Marco Polo scholarship. 

Some of the institutions that have hosted in the past visiting students from the Ph.D. Programme include, but are not limited to: the Carnegie Mellon University, Cass Business School (City University London), Copenhagen Business School, Haas School of Business, HEC Paris, Imperial College London, Indian Institute of Management, INSEAD, London Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Stern School of Business (New York University), Texas A&M University, Tuck School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, University of Edinburgh, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and the Wharton Business School. 

Most of our doctoral graduates have been employed as post-docs and faculty members in top universities worldwide have received best paper awards at several conferences. Their research outcomes have been published in top international journals including: the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Management Studies, Marketing Science, Organization Science, Psychological Science, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and many others.

The Ph.D. benefits from close relations with the Bologna Business School (BBS), which offers doctoral candidates the opportunity to be part of an international community of post-graduate and executive masters students, get in contact with research and innovative firms, and attend talks given by internationally renowned managers and entrepreneurs. 

The Ph.D. Journey

To understand how the program is organized and how activities follow one another throughout the years explore the boxes below.

The First Year

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The Second Year

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The Third & Fourth Year

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Towards the Defense

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