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.

Congratulations Fariba on her acceptance to ICIS 2018 Doctoral Consortium

August 30, 2018

Please join me in congratulating Fariba Nosrati, Information Systems student supervised by Dr. Detlor, on her acceptance to the ICIS 2018 Doctoral Consortium to be held in Pacific Grove, CA this December. The consortium runs in conjunction with the prestigious International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) annual conference.


Back in the Spring, the IS faculty at DeGroote selected Fariba’s proposal for nomination to the consortium (each university could only nominate one student). From there, Fariba competed against candidates from around the world for one of only 40 spots available world-wide. All candidates had to submit proposals outlining and describing their dissertation research. Fariba’s research proposal, entitled “The Use of Digital Storytelling for Impression Management by City Cultural Organizations,” investigates the use of digital storytelling by city cultural organizations for the purpose of impression management. ICIS doctoral consortium reviewers (a panel of renowned IS faculty experts) stated that Fariba’s research promises to make significant theoretical and practical contributions.

Fariba’s representation of the DeGroote School of Business at this event continues our tradition of successfully sending IS doctoral students to this renowned international event.

Congratulations again to Fariba!

Ali Vaezi Successfully Defended Dissertation

August 2, 2018

We are pleased to formally acknowledge Ali Vaezi’s successful defence of his dissertation titled “Risk Mitigation and Management Strategies for Routing Hazardous Materials over Railroad Network in Canada”. Ali was supervised by Manish Verma and his supervisory committee members include Elkafi Hassini and Kai Huang.

Ali came to our PhD program with a M.Sc from Politecnico di Milano and a B.Sc from Sharif University of Technology. While in our PhD program, Ali published in Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management (2017) and Journal of Transport Geography (2018). He presented at POMS, CORS, IFORS, and ASAC. Ali also served as a sessional lecturer at DeGroote for COM 2OC3.

After graduating, Ali has now accepted an assistant professor position at Brock University.

Please join us in congratulating Ali on this major achievement!

Sepideh Ebrahimi Successfully Defended Dissertation

August 2, 2018

We are pleased to formally acknowledge Sepideh Ebrahimi’s successful defence of her dissertation titled “Demographic Transparency to Combat Discriminatory Data Analytics Recommendations”. Sepideh was supervised by Khaled Hassanein and her supervisory committee members include Milena Head and Yufei Yuan.

Sepideh came to our PhD program with a M.Sc from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and a B.Sc from Amirkabir University of Technology. While in our PhD program, Sepideh published at Journal of Strategic Information Systems. She also presented at multiple ICIS conferences and HCI workshop. Sepideh taught multiple sections in the undergraduate program as well as a workshop on SAP Certification at DeGroote. Sepideh was awarded multiple scholarships including SSHRC, OGS, Robert C. Joyner Doctoral Student Publication Prize, and The Norm Archer Endowed Prize.

After graduating, Sepideh has now accepted an assistant professor position at York University.

Please join us in congratulating Sepideh on this major achievement!

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