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Description of the Ph.D. program in Management Science/Operations Management

Ph.D. students in Business Administration who specialize in management science/operations management will be attached to the Management Science Group at the Department of Business and Economics. The Management Science Group is located at Odense campus. As of April 2007 the group consists of one full professor, two associate professors and one assistant professor.

Research in the Section for Management Science currently focuses on

  • productivity analysis, especially Data Envelopment Analysis, 
  • network models and vehicle routing, 
  • production planning and Supply Chain Management, and 
  • optimal control theory and differential games.

The research is both theoretically and applications oriented, and typically centres on planning and decision problems occurring in a business, in consideration of its relations to competitors, suppliers, customers, public authorities etc. The focus is on the development of methods as well as the application of existing methods, and the research is characterized by extensive use of mathematical modelling, development and use of mathematical programming (both analytical and numerical methods) as well as use of advanced computational methods.

The objective of the Ph.D. program is to train students to conduct high quality research in management science/operations management. Usually a senior faculty member is appointed as the formal supervisor, but other section members frequently participate on an informal basis. The Management Science Group attempts to provide a challenging and stimulating environment for the development and completion of research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at national and international workshops and conferences.

As part of the Ph.D. program, an individual education programme within the field of business administration has to be completed. The Ph.D. student will attend Ph.D. courses in management science/operations management and other areas of relevance for the research project. Ph.D. students are expected to complete a six-month stay at a reputable research institution abroad and, over the period of the programme, to acquire experience of teaching or other types of presentation. Former students in the program have visited The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Iowa, Georgia Institute of Technology, and HEC Montreal.

Information about the Ph.D. program at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, is available from.

Further information on the Section for Management Science at the Department of Business and Economics: http://www.sdu.dk/osbec/managementscience?sc_lang=en.


Further information on the Ph.D. program in Management Science/Operations Management:

Professor Steffen Jørgensen
Department of Business and Economics
University of Southern Denmark
DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
E-mail: stj@sam.sdu.dk
Tel.: +45 6550 3249

or

Associate Professor Ole B. Olesen
Department of Business and Economics
University of Southern Denmark
DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
E-mail: ole@sam.sdu.dk
Tel.: +45 6550 3254

 

The Ph.D. program in Economics - Department of Business and Economics, Odense

You enter the Ph.D. program either after having finished the Master’s Program (the “5+3 model”) or after having finished the Bachelor (the “4+4 model”). General information on the Ph.D. program is available from the faculty homepage.
 
The aim of the Ph.D. is to bring you to the frontier of research in Economics in order to enable you to contribute yourself to the latest developments in the field. The key ingredient of the program is your Ph.D. thesis – your contribution to economic research. This thesis usually consists of a number of research papers aimed at publication in international peer-reviewed journals. In addition, you complete a course program and are involved in knowledge dissemination activities (e.g., teaching).

A Ph.D. degree in Economics is a prerequisite for a career in economic research. The analytical skills you acquire and document through the Ph.D. degree are also highly appreciated by business consultancies, governmental bodies, the banking system and international economic organizations like the World Bank or the OECD.
 
The program is offered by the Economics Group within the Department of Business and Economics. The research within this group includes all disciplines in economics: international trade, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Our main strengths, however, lie in microeconomics, in particular Industrial Economics and Game Theory, and in macroeconomics, in particular trade and globalization. The major part of our research, particularly the applied research, is carried out in collaboration with researchers from other departments and research institutions.

More information about the research profile, the researchers in the department and our collaborators can be found on the homepage of the Economics Group http://www.sdu.dk/osbec/oekonomi?sc_lang=en.

Your Ph.D. project should fit into our research profile. Ph.D. students carry out their research in collaboration with researchers from the group, and very often also in collaboration with researchers (including other Ph.D. students) from other domestic and international institutions with which we collaborate. Depending on your research interests you may also work with researchers from the department’s other research groups: finance, accounting and auditing, and management science, or with researchers from the departments of Health Economics and Political Science.

The Economics Group hosts only a small number of Ph.D. students (currently: four), and we do not offer specific courses for Ph.D. students. Your course curriculum will hence rather be tailored to your research interests and background. It may include courses offered by foreign universities, and courses offered by the two national research schools in economics, The Danish Graduate Programme of Economics and The PhD School for Applied Economics.

Ph.D. students usually spend at least one semester at a foreign research institution. The Economics Group is internationally well connected and has previously placed students at institutions like Tel Aviv University and the World Bank.

Ph.D. students in Economics meet regularly to disseminate their results and ideas and to discuss topics of mutual interest. Read more about the Ph.D. Group in Economics here: http://www.sdu.dk/osbec/phdoekonomi?sc_lang=en.

For further information on the Ph.D. program in Economics you may contact:

Professor Birgitte Sloth, e-mail: bsl@sam.sdu.dk, tel.: +45 6550 3341.
Ph.D. student Sanne Schroll (4+4), e-mail: sas@sam.sdu.dk, tel.: +45 6550 2077.
Ph.D. student Claus Aastrup Jensen (5+3), e-mail: caj@sam.sdu.dk, tel.: +45 6550 2109.
Ph.D. student Stephanie Ropenus (external), e-mail: str@sam.sdu.dk, tel.: +45 6550 3270.

 

Description of the Ph.D. program in Accounting

Ph.D. students in Business Administration who specialize in accounting will be attached to the Accounting and Auditing Group. The group is part of the Department of Business and Economics and it consists of two full professors, two associate professors, one assistant professor, and one Ph.D. student.

The research concerns accounting as a source of information and the connection between three fundamental roles of accounting information:

- assessment of the performance of employees – decision influencing role
- decision support for management – decision facilitating role, and
- communication of information between the firm and external stakeholders.

The objective of the Ph.D. program is to train the students to conduct high quality research in accounting. With regard to the training of Ph.D. students the program has been highly successful. Counting only publications by European based authors in the period between 1999 and 2005, researchers from the group in Odense published 30% of all research in the premier journals in accounting: The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research and Journal of Accounting and Economics. Furthermore, all Danes who have published work in these three premier accounting journals have been enrolled in the Ph.D. program in accounting in Odense. The remarkable success of the relatively minor research program is founded in a conscious focus on formalized training of Ph.D. students and on conducting research at the highest international level. Over the years valuable contacts with the best research institutions in the US and Canada have been established. Researchers in the group are currently collaborating with researchers at Copenhagen Business School, The University of Aarhus, The University of Copenhagen, The University of Florida, The Ohio State University, The University of British Columbia, The University of Houston, The University of Alberta, Columbia University, and Yale University. Former Ph.D. students are or have been employed at London School of Economics, The University of Washington, The University of Florida, The University of Houston, The University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Columbia University.

Usually a single senior faculty member is appointed as the formal supervisor, but other group members frequently participate in the guidance of Ph.D. students. The group provides a challenging and stimulating environment for the development and implementation of research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at both national and international workshops and conferences. As a part of the Ph.D. program students attend Ph.D. courses in accounting and other areas of relevance for their research projects and careers. Group members actively participate in the EDEN European Programme in Accounting, which offers five regular courses:

- Analytical Accounting Research
- Management Accounting Research
- Empirical Financial Accounting Research
- Audit Research
- Organizational and Social Research in Accounting

In addition, a seminar in accounting research is offered continuously.
 
An integral part of the formalized training takes place at premier research universities abroad (typically in the US and Canada) where students are expected to spend approximately six months. Current and former students in the program have visited Stanford University, The University of British Columbia,
The University of Florida, The Ohio State University, Northwestern University, The University of Washington, and Yale University.

Further information on the Accounting and Auditing Group:
http://www.sdu.dk/osbec/regnskabogrevision?sc_lang=en.

Further information on the Ph.D. program in accounting:
John Christensen, Professor, Ph.D.
Department of Business and Economics
University of Southern Denmark
DK-5230 Odense M,
E-mail: jcn@sam.sdu.dk.

 

Description of the Ph.D. program in Finance

Ph.D. students in Business Administration who specialize in finance will be attached to the finance section, which is part of the Department of Business and Economics. The finance section is located at the Odense campus and as of March 2007 it consists of one full professor, one associate professor, one assistant professor, and one Ph.D. student.

The finance group conducts research in asset allocation, the term structure of interest rates, derivatives, general asset pricing, capital structure, real options, incentive problems, and optimal compensation of management. The research is primarily theoretical and based on mathematical or statistical models, but it may also comprise empirical analyses. It is the ambition of the group to produce research of international standards through regular publications in well-reputed international journals and presentations at international conferences. The three professors are members of the national research network The Danish Center of Accounting and Finance and all have international research contacts.

The objective of the Ph.D. program is to train the students to conduct research in accordance with the research goals of the finance section. Usually a single senior faculty member is appointed as the formal supervisor, but the other section members frequently participate in the guidance of Ph.D. students. The section offers a challenging and stimulating environment for the development and implementation of research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at both national and international workshops and conferences.

As a part of the Ph.D. program students attend Ph.D. courses in finance and other areas of relevance for their research projects. Section members actively participate in the Danish Doctoral School of Finance, which offers four regular annual courses:

  • Asset Pricing 1
  • Asset Pricing 2
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Corporate Finance

In addition, a number of intensive one- or two-week courses are offered on an ad-hoc basis with prominent guest lecturers. Ph.D. students in the finance program are expected to spend approximately six months at a reputable foreign university. Current and former students in the program have visited e.g. Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Berkeley, the Wharton School, University of Chicago, and London School of Economics.


Further information on the finance section and the department: http://www.sam.sdu.dk/osbec?sc_lang=en.

Further information on the Ph.D. program in finance:

Professor Claus Munk, Ph.D.
Department of Business and Economics
University of Southern Denmark
DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
E-mail: cmu@sam.sdu.dk


 

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