Welcome to the PhD Preparation Program of Open University the Netherlands (OU). The program consists of different modules and will be taught during a number of sessions. By the end of the program, the participants have written a research proposal under supervision of a supervisor from RU or OU. The program goals are:

  • Learning to formulate a scientifically relevant research proposal related to one of the research topics of Management and Science (OU)
  • Developing academic skills and an academic attitude, necessary for conducting PhD research

PhD candidates can be employed fulltime by the faculty, but the faculty also offers aspirant PhD candidates who are employed elsewhere the opportunity to get their PhD parttime. These so called external PhD candidates are not a part of the faculty but their projects are supervised by our Faculty professors. Your research question for a PhD should match one of the areas of interest of the research programme of the faculty.
External PhD candidates can do their PhD research as a regular external PhD student of the OUNL in which case they do their research mainly by distance learning, of course in close collaboration with their supervisor and promotor. Once admitted as an external PhD student, they become a member of the OUNL Graduate School.
The faculty also offers the possibility to choose the parttime PhD program in management. The parttime PhD program combines distance learning with periodic inhouse workshops and meetings. 

PhD program

Program objectives are

  • To offer you education to equip you for a doctoral research at international standards
  • To provide guidance to successfully write and defend your Doctoral Dissertation within 4-8 years
  • To participate in a dynamic research community.

Program offerings

  • Expert academic supervision by your Dissertation Chair, a Full-Professor or Associate Professor
  • A Pre-PhD program and a Capita Selecta educational program
  • Participation in international research networks
  • Access to on-line library facilities and online communities with fellow doctoral candidates

Program structure

The program is a hybrid of traditional and distance-learning. Periodic workshops and meetings are organized to promote 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. In combination, these two elements enable you to combine your career and attaining your Ph.D. in a successful, pragmatic and rewarding way.

As a rule, students start with a Pre-PhD program comparable to a Pre-Master. We offer an intensive education on methods, literature review, academic and other relevant topics writing to equip you for the actual research.
Please find the PhD Preparation Program of Open University the Netherlands.
The Pre-PhD program lasts 1 year and is finalized with a research proposal. Formulating and writing this proposal is supervised by your intended promotor(s). This proposal is assessed and based on this assessment, a 'go -no go' decision will be made. In case of a positive outcome the student can proceed with the actual PhD project. This is called phase 1.

Here conducting the research and writing the dissertation key, but a number of capita selecta courses will be available. This is referred to a phase two which last 3-7 years.

Research areas

Research Areas

  • Accounting and Control
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • (Inter)organizational Learning
  • Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Information technology/computer science
  • Information System
  • Strategy and business models


Selection criteria:

  • Maximum enrollment 10 candidates per year program wide
  • Master degree officially acknowledged by Nuffic
  • Good command of English language
  • Travelling distance < 5 hours (pre-phd only)
  • Your research topic must fit Management and Science research program

Note: an application interview will be held only with the most promising candidates. Your intended promotor should be convinced of your research skills and makes the final decision.

More information

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

Prof. dr. ir. Harold Krikke
Professor of Supply Chain Management, Director of PhD Program

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

Ms. Danielle Tissingh
Administrative Assistant PhD Program
Telephone number: +31 (0)45 576 2877