PhD Program

The PhD program in Business Administration at DeGroote offers students the opportunity to study and conduct leading-edge research with some of the top researchers in their fields. Students develop the theoretical and methodological expertise required to create original research that makes a significant impact on the business community.

Graduates of DeGroote’s PhD program have moved on to academic roles in schools across the globe as well as lucrative consultant and analyst positions.

McMaster’s Three-Minute Thesis Award

March 28, 2018

We are happy to announce that Armagan Ozbilge, our second year PhD student in the Management Science Field, has won this year’s McMaster’s Three-Minute Thesis Award! The award comes with a prize of $500. This is a university wide competition where graduate students from all faculties create one slide summarizing their research and present it. Armagan’s presentation was titled “Donate More to Earn More” which summarizes part of his PhD thesis research on perishable food supply chains. While food banks seem to be struggling to collect fresh food, the perishable food supply chain is throwing tons of food as waste every year. Armagan developed a quality-dependent demand model which takes true (effective) quality of the product into account and showed that it is possible for retailers to donate fresh food, reduce spoilage and at the same time increase their earnings.

Congratulations Armagan!

Congratulations! Thesis Proposal and Dissertation Defences from Summer and Fall 2017

October 17, 2017

We would like to acknowledge the following students who successfully defended their thesis proposals or their thesis in the end of the summer and the fall of 2017.

Thesis Defences

Name Field Title Supervisor
Hao Luo Finance Three Essays on Asset Pricing Ronald Balvers
Jennifer Miele Finance Three Essays in Behavioral and Corporate Finance Richard Deaves
Jia Liu Finance Advancing Financial Market Volatility Measurement and Forecasting John Maheu
Sophia (Liufang) Yao Management Science Three Essays on Product Recall Decision Optimization Mahmut Parlar
Mohamed Abouzahra Information Systems Exploring the Continuous Use of Knowledge-Based Clinical Decision Support Systems and its Relationship with Knowledge Transition Joseph Tan
Raymond Chiu MOBHR Beliefs that Matter: Workplace Religiousness and Spirituality Across Cultures Rick Hackett
Saeed Shekari Marketing Product Performance and Contracts in Multi-component System Industries: Theory and Evidence Sourav Ray
Yi Liu Accounting Three Essays in Bank Financial Reporting Justin Jin

Thesis Proposal Defences

Name Field Title Supervisor
Afif Nassif MOBHR Heterogeneity and Centrality of “Dark Personality” Within Teams, the Emergence of Shared Leadership, and Team Performance: Test of a Moderated-Mediated Model Rick Hackett
Farhad Sadeh Marketing Three Essays on Voluntary Disclosure of Performance Metrics in Marketing Channels Manish Kacker
Javier Mella Barahona Finance Three Essays on Partisan Politics and Stock Returns Ronald Balvers
Kamran Eshghi Marketing Distribution Channel Conflict: Implications for Channel Governance, and Performance Sourav Ray
Morteza Mashayekhy Information Systems Developing Social Capital Through Using Professionally-Oriented Social Network Sites: An Integrative Model Milena Head
Nicole O’Brien Information Systems How does Social Networking Sites (SNS) Usage by Older Adults Reduce Loneliness? Yufei Yuan
Samira Farivar Information Systems Understanding Human Biases in Decision Making Yufei Yuan
Sepideh Ebrahimi Information Systems Demographic Transparency to Combat Data Analytics Discriminatory Recommendations Khaled Hassanein
Seyed Davod Hosseini Management Science Analytical Approaches to Risk Assessment and Management for Railroad Transportation of Hazardous Materials Manish Verma
Seyed Pouyan Eslami Information Systems Understanding Users’ Acting on Data Analytics Recommendations: An Agent-Principal Perspective Khaled Hassanein

Please join us in congratulating all of these students for reaching these important milestones!

Elly (Zhaocheng) Zeng Successfully Defended Dissertation

February 10, 2017

We are pleased to formally acknowledge Elly (Zhaocheng) Zeng‘s successful defence of her dissertation titled “A Systematic Analysis of Entrepreneurial Learning: Practice and Effects”. Elly was supervised by Benson Honig and her supervisory committee members were Vishwanath Baba and Willi Wiesner.

Elly joined our PhD Program after completing McMaster’s Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She earned her Bachelor of Engineering from Sun Yat-sen University in China. While in our PhD program, Elly published two book chapters as well as an article in CJAS. She presented papers at the ASAC conferences in 2013 and 2014, the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference in 2015, the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2015 and. the Academy of Management Meeting in 2016.  Elly also served as a sessional lecturer at DeGroote for Com. 2BC3 in Fall 2016 term.

Please join us in congratulating Elly on this major achievement!

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