About the Program
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business with a concentration in Information Systems at Auburn University prepares you for a career in research and teaching by providing the depth of knowledge, skills and attitudes required to conduct world-class research on the most relevant issues in business, effectively analyze that research, and present those findings in world-class scholarly presentations and publications. The small size of the program not only provides you an opportunity to work with senior faculty on research projects but allows greater opportunities for discussion and the exchange of ideas through various doctoral seminars.
The concentration in Information Systems provides you with a technical grounding in business processes. Students can choose from three areas of specialization, including use and management of information systems in organizations, information systems in support of supply chain management, and business analytics to support decision-making. The program places emphasis on using information technology to facilitate business operations (e.g., supply chain requirements) and enhance business performance (e.g., analytics).
What to Expect
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business with a Concentration in Information Systems program is a four year, full-time program. The bulk of coursework is completed in the first two years. This includes a mix of research and methodology courses (including statistics) as well as the required core classes within your chosen area of specialization.
Throughout the program, consistent, active participation not only in course work, but also in doctoral seminars, on-campus colloquia, collegial discussions and other processes designed to encourage creativity is expected. Auburn University requires that your major professor be able to certify that you have actively engaged in such activities.
You will devote your third year to two required research papers and development of your dissertation proposal. In the first paper, you will report the results of an empirical, data-based research study that you designed and conducted. In the second paper, you may choose from an empirical study (using data collected by you or secondary data), a conceptual piece (e.g., a comprehensive, critical literature review, development of a theoretical framework, or a meta-analysis), or a legal case analysis or case study. After your two papers are accepted by your professor and approved by the paper committee, you will work on your dissertation proposal.
The fourth year is dedicated to dissertation research. Your dissertation should be original research, which contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of study. Completion of the dissertation and its defense is the final hurdle for completion of the Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in Information Systems.