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Track in Management

Ph.D. in General Management – Track in Management

The Track in General Management of the Ph.D. in Management of the University of Bologna intends to train brilliant researchers in the fields of management, by offering courses in several areas such as business strategy, research methods, organization theory, social network analysis, marketing, and innovation management. 

The Track in General Management aims to:

  • offer a broad-based and inter-disciplinary education in the field of business studies and management research;
  • provide candidates with strong theoretical foundations in social science;
  • provide candidates with deep knowledge of research methods applied to management problems;
  • offer the possibility to specialize in the main business disciplines in a truly international environment;
  • prepare the candidates to generate cutting-edge research in management and to disseminate it to managers and organizations. 

The Track in General Management includes the following courses offered by the Department of Management:

Core courses common to both tracks

Crash course in statistics 1
Research Methods: Introduction 1
Strategic Management 1
Econometrics 1


Core courses designed for this track

Quantitative Methods for Survey Based Research 1
Qualitative Research Methods 1
Organizational Behavior 1
Marketing (Marketing strategy or Consumer Behavior - these two courses rotate each year) 1
Economics and Management of Innovation 1


Elective courses designed for this track

Students will be required to select three elective courses from the following list:

Research Methods: Meta-Analytic Procedures for Social Research 2
Social Network Analysis 2
Arts, History and Management 2
Marketing strategy or Consumer Behavior (the two courses rotate each year) 2
Technology Management and Entrepreneurship 2


Upon approval of the Doctoral Programme Committee, elective courses can be taken from other Ph.D. and MSc programs of the University of Bologna or from Summer Schools offered by our University or other universities

In addition to core and elective courses, students will be required to attend several Department seminars held by internationally renowned scholars. At the end of the third semester, Ph.D. students should present and discuss a doctoral dissertation proposal describing the objectives, theoretical background and research design of their dissertation work. The enrolment in the third year of the program is conditional on the approval of the research proposal by the Doctoral Committee. The third and fourth years of the program are devoted to preparation and writing of the doctoral thesis.


Chiara Orsingher

Professoressa associata confermata

Dipartimento di Scienze Aziendali

Via Capo di Lucca 34

Bologna (BO)

tel: +39 051 20 9 8061

fax: +39 051 237265