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PhD Program for Executives

The Management Science Faculty of the Open University of the Netherlands offers a unique opportunity.Earn a Doctorate in Management Science - without putting your career on hold!

Since 2010 the Open University offers a part-time Ph.D. program in Management to 25 30 students per year.

Program objectives are:

  • To offer you support and guidance through the entire process from inception to the completion of your doctoral research and dissertation at international standards
  • To enable you to successfully write and defend your Doctoral Dissertation within 4 6 years

Program offerings:

  • Expert academic guidance by your Disseration Chair, a Full-Professor in Management Science
  • Workshops and Academic Presentations
  • Participation in work groups with fellow doctoral candidates
  • Access to the virtual learning environment and the on-line library facilities

Program Structure

The program is a hybrid of traditional and distance-learning. Periodic workshops and meetings are organized to promote dynamic discussions with fellow students, experts and professors. In addition, (virtual) academic communities are formed with similar teams of professors, experts and fellow students within your special area of interest/expertise. Each type of forum enables you to discuss and develop your doctoral research and collaborative endeavors. In combination, these two elements enable you to combine your career and attaining your Ph.D. in a successful, pragmatic and rewarding way.

Research Areas

  • Accounting and Control
  • Financial Management
  • Complexity and Change Management
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • (Inter)organizational Learning and Regional Development
  • Management, Innovation and Supply Chains in Emgerging Markets
  • Business Process Management and Purchasing Management
  • Reversed Logistics

More information

For more information regarding this part-time Ph.D. Program in Management Science please download our brochure or contact:

Prof. dr. Ronald S.J. Tuninga
Professor of International Management, Director PhD Program

Mrs. Chantal Dewitte
Administrative Assistant PhD Program
Telephone number: +31 (0)45 576 2484