The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Management is the first program of its kind in Oman. In the pursuit of the strategic national development objectives, the program aims to align the research output with Oman Vision 2040. The goal of the program is to develop high-performing researchers who can work both independently and collaboratively leading teams in conducting research with significant social impact and policy implications. The first cohort of doctoral students was accepted in Fall 2021.
The program is benchmarked with internationally recognized universities in Western Europe and North America that offer similar degrees. The program places a special emphasis on the research proposals related to business strategies enabling organizational transformation, new themes in entrepreneurship, family business, organizational behavior, human resource management, and sustainability related management practices addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The program has a rigorous selection process that assesses candidates based on their probability to complete the degree successfully and become independent researchers. An experienced team of faculty members with a rich research profile supervises doctoral students.
In terms of learning outcomes, the program enables students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of research methods and conduct their own research while developing a set of portable and versatile professional skills. The program starts with a short taught component followed by a longer research period. Through their thesis, the research students will be able to demonstrate their skills in collecting and interpreting research data, and creating new knowledge. Doctoral students will learn how to analyze a range of data using a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques and be able to describe theories underlying various approaches to management research. By the end of the program, doctoral students will know how to discern, define, and solve management problems using advanced research tools and methods. They are expected to be able to formulate policy implications from their research projects and communicate these to policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders in a focused, coherent, and comprehensible manner through peer-reviewed journal publications.
Potential future careers for doctoral students include academic and organizational research for businesses and educational national and international organizations, teaching in institutions of higher learning, delivering research-based management consulting projects, and working for government organizations to support policy making and regulatory functions. After graduation, doctoral students are expected to attain a deep understanding of contemporaneous management problems and be able to take the leading role in the relevant societal debates.