PhD in Management

The Department of Management is calling for expressions of interest from exceptional candidates who would like to conduct research into one of the following areas:

  • employee wellbeing
  • labor migration and refugees
  • organisational behaviour and leadership
  • human resources management
  • sports management
  • ethics and corporate social responsibility.

We are seeking applicants who hold a prior research degree with an 80% average, and who want to be part of a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment supported by world class facilities.

Experienced supervision

The Department of Management comprises of 60 faculty staff with education and research strengths spanning six core sub-disciplines:

  • organisational behaviour
  • leadership and management education
  • human resource management and industrial relations
  • international business management and strategy
  • sport management and marketing
  • arts and cultural management.

In addition to research activities in the six core sub-disciplines, faculty staff have research strengths in domains including workplace mental health, leadership, employee voice and participation, strategic HR management, cultural intelligence, integration of refugees in workplaces, sport management and marketing, and evaluating socio-cultural impacts of arts and cultural activities.

As part of the Business School’s commitment to the recruitment of world-class researchers, the department has hired academics who hold a PhD degree from renowned universities, including University of California, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Leeds University. More information about our academic faculty members can be found on the Department of Management staff listing. The department has also hired Professorial Research Fellows who further strengthen the department’s supervisory and research capability, including Professor Andreas Hirschi from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Published research

Faculty staff regularly publish their research in leading management journals, including:

  • Academy of Management Journals
  • Academy of Management Annals
  • Academy of Management Perspectives
  • Management Science
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Journal of International Business Studies

Program outline

Applicants who gain entry into our program will receive:

  • rigorous coursework training
  • supervision from at least two experienced academics (a principal and an associate supervisor), who will help you develop your PhD thesis
  • funds to support research activities, including conference attendance and data collection
  • funds to facilitate post-PhD placement in an academic institution
  • funds to support international relocation
  • publication incentives for publishing research in top academic journals
  • access to Faculty research training workshops and seminars.

Students in the Department of Management will be required to complete a coursework component to provide them with a strong foundation in research philosophy and methods. The coursework component of our program consists of completing four units (subjects) in the first trimester of candidature. Deakin University operates on a trimester system (three teaching terms each year). These units are:

Plus ONE unit from your chosen discipline:

Plus TWO units from:

Additional training components can be built into your PhD program via Deakin University’s PhD Xtra.

Teaching and internship opportunities

Depending upon ability and performance in the program, students will be given the opportunity to develop the practical application of their academic skills by ongoing training and experience of undergraduate teaching whenever feasible as well as internships at leading companies in the industry. Please note that scholarships are offered on a full-time basis and scholarship holders must be physically based at the University for the duration of the scholarship. This is a mandatory requirement and is non-negotiable, as are all other terms and conditions.

Applicant Characteristics

You will be an ideal candidate for a PhD in Management if you have these attributes:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Strong academic background of theoretical and methodological frameworks in Management, while also demonstrating potential to complete PhD-level courses to a high standard
  • Strong referee letters that are able to rank the candidate relative to their peers and also relative to previous cohorts
  • Ability to clearly articulate contributions and gaps in one’s own research work as well as the research work embodied in key papers in the academic literature within one’s field of interest.


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