The PhD Program follows a strong research-intensive tradition on the North American model. It is designed to enable students to gain a deep knowledge of management in general, to develop a concentration in a specialized field, and to provide opportunities for students to do significant original research in their chosen area. PhD students are offered intensive and targeted research training and exceptional collaboration opportunities with faculty to prepare them for their future careers in teaching and/or research in universities, research institutes, governmental or business organizations. It has a technology management perspective with a focus on economic modeling and behavioral research into the management, design, use, and socio-economic impact of information technology on individuals, organizations, and societies.
Non-MPhil holders may be admitted through an integrated MPhil and PhD program study scheme.
On successful completion of the PhD program, graduates will be able to:
- Have up-to-date and in-depth IS knowledge of their areas of specialization, leading to independent substantive scholarly research.
1.1 Demonstrate a sound grasp of IS literature in their specialization.
1.2 Apply their specialized knowledge to solve IS-related business problems in an innovative fashion.
- Have an in depth understanding of contemporary business and organizational issues, within their area of specialization.
2.1 Demonstrate a broad based knowledge of core business functions in IS.
2.2 Integrate functional knowledge to solve IS-related business problems within their area of specialization.
- Equipped to perform all aspects of the role of faculty in academia, including pedagogical skills.
3.1 Teach independent courses or lead lab/tutorial sessions effectively.
3.2 Present their discipline knowledge in IS area clearly to layman.
The program is offered by the Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management which comprises two divisions: Information Systems and Operations Management. The following are the research foci in the Division of Information Systems.
There are two key areas in the division of Information Systems:
(1) Business IT
- Fintech: Big data analytics, AI, text and sentiment analysis, blockchain and cryptocurrency
- IT strategy and organization: Technology use and implementation, human computer interaction
- IT policy: cybersecurity, privacy, technology regulation
(2) Digital Platforms
- Crowdsourcing: Crowd funding, innovation contests, idea competitions
- Social media: Online sales and advertising, online communities, user generated content
- Electronic commerce: platform economics, mobile commerce, two-sided markets
To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
1. General Admission Requirements of the University
- Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.
2. English Language Admission Requirements
Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:
- TOEFL-iBT: 80*
- TOEFL-pBT: 550
- TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
- IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5
* refers to the total score in one single attempt
Applicants are not requried to present TOEFL or IELTS score if
- their first language is English, or
- they obtained the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.
3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
- A satisfactory score in GMAT or GRE