The Binghamton University School of Management doctoral program offers concentrations in the areas of finance, leadership & organizational science, management information systems (MIS) and marketing.


Coordinator: Murali Jagannathan

The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to train our students to become high-quality academic researchers in finance. A significant part of the program requirements involve pursuing and presenting original research, even during the first years of study. 

Our current finance faculty members conduct empirical research that can be classified under two broad areas: Corporate Finance and Investments. Topics of research interest include Capital Structure, Payout Policy, Corporate Governance, Voting, Treasury Auctions, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Short-Selling, and Empirical Asset Pricing. The faculty have published articles in leading journals, such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Management Science, Journal of Future Markets, and the Journal of Empirical Finance.

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Leadership & Organizational Science

Coordinator: Francis Yammarino

Seminars focus on both micro and macro perspectives on industrial and organizational effectiveness. Individual, dyadic/interpersonal, group/team, and organizational/systems behavior are examined with a particular emphasis on leadership in and of organizations. Seminars have been taken by students from organizational studies, accounting, marketing, systems science, psychology, sociology, and political science.

The core faculty are also research fellows in the Bass Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary research center. As such, seminars and faculty research often include direct and indirect linkages with leadership studies. Students are educated about theory, research, practice, and teaching of organizational behavior, strategic management and leadership.

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Management Information Systems (MIS)

Coordinator: Surinder Kahai

The doctoral program in MIS aims to train students to become high-quality academic researchers in their respective areas. MIS seminars cover a broad range of research streams related to individual, group, and organizational consequences of information systems. Some of the current research interests of the MIS faculty include information systems alignment, information systems leadership, virtual teams/computer-mediated communication, social networking, and online learning. MIS seminars are supplemented with seminars in related disciplines as well as multiple research methods seminars.

During the first two years of course work, it is expected from students to have the ability to a) critique theoretical and methodological approaches taken by the respective authors of the assigned readings, and b) formulate their own researchable propositions on a self-selected or faculty-guided topic of interest. At the end of the course work, students should be able to compare and contrast the major research streams in MIS literature and have a strong comprehension of the research methods available for MIS research. It is also expected from students to have a high-quality research in progress with multiple conference and/or journals.

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Coordinator: Subimal Chatterjee

The marketing faculty has a wide range of research interests in behavioral and quantitative marketing spanning across functional areas (e.g., marketing/finance interface) and disciplines (e.g., marketing/judgment and decision making). Some of the current research interests include studying moral judgments, emotions and decisions, evaluating risk and uncertainty, branding and innovation adoption, marketing and finance interactions, relationship marketing and strategic alliances among firms, and competitive marketing strategy with standard competition. The marketing faculty are well-published and their work has appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Journal of Consumer Psychology. They have also published in leading journals outside of marketing, such as Production and Operations Management and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

We expect our doctoral students to develop independent research skills and therefore emphasize strong quantitative orientations and adequate training in experimental design and analysis. In their major area, students take seminars in Judgment and Decision Making, Consumer Choice Models, Consumer Behavior, Empirical Marketing Models, and Managing Inter-Firm Relationships. In their minor area, students are free to design their minor to complement their major field of study, and these are typically in areas outside of marketing (e.g., leadership, social psychology, econometrics and experimental methods). At the end of their first year, all students are required to make a presentation of their summer research that is supervised by two faculty members. Students may not be allowed to advance to their second years courses unless their summer research is deemed satisfactory by the marketing faculty.

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