PhD Programs

The Research School of Management (RSM) has a PhD program across several management and business disciplines to qualify research candidates keen on investigating and developing new knowledge through substantial specialised research as a contribution to scholarship and business and management practice. RSM has internationally recognised researchers who can supervise doctoral candidates on a diverse range of topics across various disciplines. To complete the PhD program, candidates are required to take four compulsory and two elective courses, be successful in the thesis proposal review process, and write a substantial and high quality thesis is passed by external examiners. 

The Program Learning Outcomes for RSM’s PhD pertinent across its various disciplines are:

  1. Explain their philosophical approach and its incorporation into a significant research journey and the building of their doctoral identity.

  2. Problematise a complex social phenomenon within or across the domains of business and management studies that merits targeted study and research skills to advance scholarship and professional practice.

  3. Identify relevant databases to systematically retrieve applicable and appropriate literature to address research problems and ensuing questions.

  4. Critically and systematically review and discuss the extant body of complex knowledge within a domain to demonstrate the expertise and skills required for scholarly inquiry.

  5. Devise an effective research design, including a justification of the methodology(ies)  developed, adapted and implemented for the scholarly study of the topic of interest.

  6. Actively prioritise the conduct of responsible and ethical research within an environment that promotes scholarship and collegiality

  7. Develop insights into the discipline through expert and specialised analytical, research and technical skills as applied to the research data collected.

  8. Determine the contributions and implications of the research for the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice.

  9. Propose future directions of research in the discipline based on original insights and  knowledge gained through a critical discussion of the findings of the research.

  10. Produce a manuscript in the form of a monograph or collection of scholarly articles to effectively communicate, disseminate and promote new insights within the academic community and society at large. 

RSM staff have diverse research interests and can provide supervision across a range of topics in disciplines such as:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Innovation
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Tourism
  • Indigenous studies

Our school’s research capabilities have been rated as “well above world standard” by Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). Our academic staff and former students have published their papers in such top journals as: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Research, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Operations Management, Marketing Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Production and Operations Management.  

Many of our research students have received recognition for outstanding PhD research (e.g., 3MT People’s Choice Award, Best PhD Proposal Award on Corporate Social Responsibility, ISBM Doctoral Support Award Competition Winner), best paper awards (e.g., Academy of Management, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy, and Australian Industrial/Organizational Psychology Conferences etc.), and published their papers in top journal publications.


PhD ProgramManagements in Research School of Management

The Research School of Management (RSM) has internationally recognised researchers who can supervise doctoral candidates on a diverse range of topics.

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Current RSM PhD Students


Title of Thesis or Research Area

Chair of Panel

Ayeesha Abbassi

Ageing and well-being

Professor Prashant Bordia

Itrat Batool

Product Visual Signalling: Study of Consumption Patterns

Dr Stephen Dann

Linh Bui

Team Process Perspective on Team Performance

A/ Professor Guihyun Park

Yoona Choi Multiple languages in the firm A/ Professor Sarbari Bordia
Hang Minh Dang   A/ Professor Alex Eapen
Catherine Deen My Way or the Highway: Measure Development and Nomological Network of Micromanagement in Organizations A/ Professor Ying-Yi Chih
Puja Dhawan   A/ Professor Patrick J.N. L'Espoir Decosta
Jyotika Gounder Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr Andrew Bradly

Penny Grewal-Sidhu   Dr Gary Buttriss

Tuofu (Charlie) Jin


A/ Professor Alex Eapen

Guy Leedon

Drinking places: industry views of local wine, community and nature

A/ Professor Patrick J.N. L'Espoir Decosta

Chaojun Li

  Dr Alex Richardson

Shen-Yang (Sonya) Lin

Leadership and innovation

Professor Giles Hirst

Chao Ma Perceived Overqualification, antecedents, and outcomes

Professor George Chen

Pengcheng Ma  

Professor Lin Cui

Angela McDonald

Women, work and the menopause

Professor Prashant Bordia

Elham Merikhi Risk-Return Trade-off in Project Appraisal and Selection Professor Ofer Zwikael
Ben Mitchell   A/ Professor Anton Kriz 
Nabila Nisha

Accessibility to Luxury: Does Exclusivity Still Matters?

A/ Professor Patrick J.N. L'Espoir Decosta

Irina Orbes


Professor Lin Cui

Claire Petelczyc

Play at work: When can it help and when can it harm?

A/ Professor Alessandra Capezio

Camilo Potocnjak-Oxman

The Role of Design Thinking in the Emergence of Entrepreneurial Opportunities

A/ Professor Anton Kriz 

Lee Sarandopoulos

Career management strategies for longer lives - narratives of older workers in low-skill occupations

Professor Prashant Bordia

Christopher Seyrl


A/ Professor Patrick J.N. L'Espoir Decosta

Yaxi Shen

What is the motivation and influence of 4A tone (English & Chinese code-switching speaking manner) in China, and what is the public attitudes towards it

Professor Prashant Bordia

Yingnan Shi


A/ Professor Armin Haller

Roshis Shrestha


A/ Professor Patrick J.N. L'Espoir Decosta

Imogen Sykes-Bridge


Professor Prashant Bordia

Olga Vasilyeva

Big Data and Data Analytics: Developing Capability For Successful Implementation

Dr Alex Richardson

Julian Widdup   A/ Professor Anton Kriz 
Ning Xiao Leadership and Creativity

Professor Giles Hirst

Zhejing Xu  

Professor Israr Qureshi

Jihye Yeo

Ties with non-market organizations and firm innovation

A/ Professor Alex Eapen

Mohammad Zainuddin


Professor Israr Qureshi

Wanxian (Viola) Zeng

Adding Dimension to Content: Immersive Virtual Reality for e-Commerce

Dr Alex Richardson

Shuojia Zhang

Attitudes towards Multinational Corporations 

A/ Professor Sarbari Bordia

Zhiwen Zheng   Dr Babita Bhatt