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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: Unfortunately at the moment we do not enroll new PhD students until 2017.

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 concept program.
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, which is offered in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen.

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 MST research program

More information

For more information regarding this part-time Ph.D. Program in Management Science please contact: PhDprogram.mst@ou.nl

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