Designing Sustainable Systems (PhD)

Case Western Reserve University

Date Posted: Jan. 11, 2019
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Doctoral Degree


The PhD track in Management: “Designing Sustainable Systems” program is designed for DM students who want to build on their DM research and produce a doctoral dissertation that meets academic quality standards of a traditional PhD degree. The program and its stream of independent student study is devoted to significantly extend student’s knowledge in salient theories that prepare the student to write a doctoral thesis in some field of management. The track also advances student’s research skills with the expectation that the student can publish in relevant academic and practitioner-focused journals. In this regard, the track prepares the student for an academic career involving teaching and research.

The PhD track in Management: ‘Designing Sustainable Systems” includes 18 credit hours of independent academic research defined by student’s doctoral committee. The committee consists of a chair and three faculty members. In general, the research conducted within the track incorporates perspectives from thinking about design, sustainability, and complex systems as they relate to management in a global environment. Candidates are also expected to be established in a specific domain of management scholarship through their PhD study. At the same time transdisciplinary research is the main focus of student’s experience within the track.

The second year of the PhD program is organized as a series of five research workshops where students present and discuss their thesis work. The program also includes independent study of relevant research literature as recommended by the student’s dissertation committee and a formal thesis review.

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