PhD in International Business


The PhD Program in International Business is designed to prepare highly qualified individuals for academic and corporate careers. Students acquire extensive theoretical knowledge, and develop independent research capabilities in International Business through a research oriented curriculum.  Theoretical International Business Seminars are complemented by quantitative methods courses to build a strong foundation in academic research.  Students also select a minor area of specialization in which is they develop a functional expertise. We particularly emphasize one-to-one student-faculty interaction and encourage student-faculty research collaborations.

The program strives to meet the interests and needs of full time as well as part-time students, and is flexible enough to accommodate the professional life circumstances of the adult learner. The program is also geared toward international students who are interested in teaching, research, and corporate careers in their own countries.

Program requirements for entering the dissertation stage

Students must have completed course work equivalent to that required for the Master of Science in International Business Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Students with master's degrees from other institutions must discuss their academic and professional backgrounds with faculty advisors to determine prerequisite course work.

Doctoral students must complete two advanced research methods courses, INT 880 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis I and INT 881 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis II.

Minor field of specialization: Students and faculty mentors design a minor area of specialization that must include at least four upper-level courses. These could include such fields as finance, information technology, marketing or business strategy.

Comprehensive examination: Upon the completion of all course work, doctoral students must sit for a series of comprehensive examinations in international business, research methodology and their minor fields of specialization.

Dissertation Stage

Students enroll each term in the doctoral dissertation colloquium. The dissertation is based on a student's research interests and is expected to make a contribution to his or her field of study. Each student chooses their committee which normally is comprised of a minimum of four faculty members; at least three from the International Business Department including the Committee Chair.

Doctoral Colloquiums

Doctoral colloquiums provide a forum for students to discuss their dissertation research and help monitor their progress in completing their dissertations. Once a student completes the research and the final draft and receives approval from the chair of his or her committee, he or she will give an oral defense to the committee and any other interested individuals. Students must receive approval from all members of their dissertation committees in order to successfully complete the doctoral program.

Required Doctoral Courses

INT-800: Foreign Direct Investment
This course is an examination of direct investments made by a company or entity based in one country, into a company or entity based in another country. Entities making direct investments typically have a significant degree of influence and control over the company into which the investment is made. Key topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to: the foundations of FDI; the impact of location on FDI; FDI and Technology; FDI under Uncertainty; Risk and Profitability of the multinational corporation; and Political Risk Analysis. This is a research and writing intensive course.
INT-810: Privatization, Economic Reform and Globalization in Emerging Markets
This seminar has been designed to introduce the students to the theoretical and applied literature on economic reform and globalization nexus in the emerging markets context. Another purpose of the course is to enhance student's appreciation of research process and help development of a research agenda in subjects related to macro and micro integration of emerging markets to the global economic system. More specifically the course focuses on transition from centrally planned or government dominated economic systems to market economy and its micro and macro implications. A particular emphasis is placed on the international expansion of emerging market companies. Students are expected to acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge on issues surrounding economic reform, privatization, economic integration and internationalization/globalization and to be able to conduct original research.
INT-820: Seminar in Multinational Finance
This course is devoted to the study of advanced topics and current research being employed in the field of multinational finance. The course provides an opportunity for students to explore their area of interest in this field.
INT-830: Theories of Globalization
This doctoral seminar presents globalization as the central issue that influences the practice of international business and internationalization processes of the FIRM and vice versa. Keeping the firm at the core, the course takes up globalization from various points of view, such as world economy and finance, geo-strategic and geo-political concerns, regionalism, institutions, global and corporate governance etc., which reflect opportunities and prosperity as well as big challenges facing international business theory, practice and research. The course enhances students' cognitive, heuristic, analytical and philosophical thinking process. It also creates the prospect for students to better their research, teaching, and communicative skills (writing and presentation skills).
INT-840: Seminar in Multinational Marketing
This seminar will include extensive reading in the international Marketing/Business literature. Major seminar topics will include (but will not be limited to): countertrade, tariff and non-tariff barriers, cultural differences among market segments and global vs. multinational marketing strategies. The case method will be utilized. Class discussions will center around the literature via assigned journal articles. Class preparation and presentation will be individual and group. International market access will include the Internet.
INT-850: Seminar in Global Business Strategy
This seminar is designed to allow doctoral students to explore the complex problems of international business strategy from multiple levels of analysis using both contemporary and historical materials. The course will include a literature review, area studies and specialized case analysis as appropriate to illustrate specific problems characteristic of the discipline. Various theoretical methods will be compared and contrasted in order to evaluate their ability to solve problems of particular interest and intractability as defined by the major authors and practitioners in the field.
INT-880: Advanced Quantitative Methods/ International Business I
This is an advanced course in building binary and continuous response regression models using cross-sectional, time series and panel data with applications to business. It includes selection of variables and form, testing hypotheses, diagnosing problems, and implementing remedial measures using EViews and other software. The course requires the students to apply the regression techniques to a research problem in international business.
INT-881: Advanced Quantitative Methods/ International Business II
This is an advanced course in multivariate analysis methods with applications to business. It includes ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, Principal Component Analysis, Discriminant Analysis, Cluster Analysis, and System Dynamics using SPSS, VENSIM and other software. The course requires the students to apply one or more multivariate analysis techniques to a research problem in international business.