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! 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!

Congratulations! Recent Thesis Proposal and Dissertation Defences

February 8, 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 2016.

Thesis Defences

Name Field Title Supervisor
Mike Dohan Information Systems The Importance of Healthcare Informatics Competencies (HICs) for Service Innovation in Paramedicine: A Mixed-Methods Investigation Joseph Tan
Hesam Shahriari Finance Three Essays in Industrial Organization, Law and Finance Trevor Chamberlain
Adam Stivers Finance Three Essays on Predicting the Equity Premium and Asset Returns Ron Balvers
MirHossein Tabatabaeilotfi MOBHR Poverty, Stress, and Happiness: Examining the Moderating Role of Psychological Capital on the Relation between Poverty and Happiness among Farmers and Fish Farmers in Ghana Rick Hackett
Alireza Tajbakhsh Management Science Sustainability In Supply Chains: Models and Metrics Elkafi Hassini


Thesis Proposal Defences

Name Field Title Supervisor
Jia Liu Finance Advancing Financial Market Volatility Measurement and Forecasting John Maheu
Megan Murphy MOBHR Mentor Effectiveness in Formal Mentoring Programs: Facilitating Psychological Contract Development and Maintenance Catherine Connelly
Fariba Nosrati Information Systems The Use of Digital Storytelling for Impression Management by City Cultural Organizations Brian Detlor
Azam Shamsi Finance Three Essays on Dynamic Density Estimation in Finance John Maheu
Sophia (Liufang) Yao Management Science Three Essays on Product Recall Decision Optimization Mahmut Parlar

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

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