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.

Robin (Chenxing) Li Successfully Defends Dissertation

August 27, 2020

We are pleased to formally acknowledge Robin (Chenxing) Li’s successful defence of his dissertation titled “Three Essays on Forecasting Return Distributions with Mixture Modelling”. Robin was supervised by John Maheu and the three other members of his supervisory committee were Narat Charupat, Dean Mountain, and Shui Feng.

Robin came to our PhD program with a Master of Finance from Saint Mary’s University. While enrolled in our doctoral program, he presented papers at many top tier conferences including SBIES, ESOBE and RCEA Bayesian Workshop.

Robin will begin his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Hunan University, China in September 2020.

Please join me in congratulating Robin Li on this major achievement!

Mohammad Hossein Tajvarpour Successfully Defends Dissertation

August 27, 2020

We are pleased to formally acknowledge Mohammad Hossein (Naim) Tajvarpour’s successful defence of his dissertation titled “Success Factors for Crowdfunding Campaigns”. Mohammad was supervised byDevashish Pujari and his supervisory committee members were Ken Deal and Manish Kacker.

Mohammad came to our PhD program with an MBA from Sharif University of Technology. While enrolled in our doctoral program, he presented in R&D management, PDMA and AMA conferences. Mohammad was selected for the Academic Leadership Award. He was also awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in support of his doctoral studies. 

Mohammad will begin his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the State University of New York (SUNY) in September.

Please join me in congratulating Naim on this major achievement!

Maheeya Mujib Successfully Defends Thesis Proposal

August 27, 2020

We are happy to announce that PhD Maheeya Mujib has successfully defended her thesis proposal titled “Looking Through a Parasocial Lens to Understand Effects of User Engagement and Wellbeing on Parasocial Relations in a Social Media Context”. Please join us in congratulating Maheeya for reaching this important milestone. Maheeya is a PhD student in the Information Systems field. Thanks go to her supervisor Milena Head, as well as her supervisory committee members, Norm Archer and Brian Detlor.

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