This list below is a representative sample of doctoral courses and may change without notice.
Introduction to Accounting Research
Introduction to basic tools in financial accounting and managerial accounting research; domain of accounting research and research methods employed; using computerized databases in large sample financial accounting studies; basic managerial accounting modeling tools.
Contemporary Accounting Topics
This course, required of accounting doctoral students, introduces several fields of contemporary accounting research and research methodologies which are not covered in the financial accounting, managerial accounting, and research methods seminars. This seminar is also intended to provide an opportunity for students to study interdisciplinary research involving accounting.
Financial Accounting Research
This course, required of accounting doctoral students, covers contemporary research in financial accounting, reviewing major trends and addressing methodological issues in such research. The course emphasis is on development of skills in designing and executing research projects involving financial accounting.
Managerial and Cost Accounting
This course, required of accounting doctoral students, covers contemporary research in managerial accounting. We review major trends in analytical and empirical research, including agency theory. Students are required to design a research project around a managerial accounting question.
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Perspectives on Information, Organization and Strategy
The focus of this course will be on information, how it is shared and assessed across a variety of actors and how value can be generated by it in organizational and market contexts. The perspectives on information will be anchored by two disciplinary positions: economics and organization theory. The goal of this will be to bring a strong disciplinary approach and contrast to information and apply to classic challenges for organization and strategy (markets). The course will consist of a variety of readings as well as guest speakers representing these perspectives. The output of the course will consist of short ?reaction? papers as well as a final paper where the students states perspective on information and apply it to the primary research question(s) that is driving their graduate studies. Open to all PhD students at Boston University. Also open to MBA students with faculty member's consent.
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Seminar in Consumer Behavior
This course is designed to familiarize students with the current major theoretical streams of research in consumer behavior. It is meant to instill in the student not only a knowledge of the current "state of the art" in consumer behavior research, but also an ability to apply behavioral science theory to consumer behavior research issues. It is expected that students will develop and refine the ability both to critically evaluate the theoretical contribution of articles in consumer behavior and to formulate theory-based hypotheses capable of advancing the discipline's understanding of consumer behavior.
Mathematical Modeling in Marketing
There are many decision problems in marketing that require mathematical modeling, using operations research/ management science approaches. This type of modeling is distinct from "statistical modeling;" this latter type of modeling is very worthy of study, and is heavily covered in various other courses you will take or have taken (e.g., QM915: Multivariate Analysis). The course consists mainly of discussing a variety of assigned journal articles in the various area of management, with the plurality illustrating marketing applications. The articles focus on optimization models. There are also lectures on the major optimization techniques (e.g., calculus, linear programming, decision analysis) emphasized in the course. The grading is based half on class participation and half on a required paper. Open to MBA students with instructor's permission. Must meet with faculty member to discuss course content and goals.
Career Management & Work-Life Integration
This seminar will examine major theoretical models and research on the process of how careers unfold in and out of organizations. It will examine both the more traditional issues of career dynamics in organizational settings (e.g., internal labor markets, tournament mobility systems, organizational socialization) as well as emergent issues of boundary-less, protean, or "free agent" career processes, such as career transformation, career networks, developmental relationships, adult development, and emotional competencies.
Seminar in Micro Organizational Behavior
Micro organizational behavior is the study of individual behavior and social processes in organizations. The goal of this doctoral course is to familiarize students with major conceptual frameworks, debates, and developments in the field of micro organizational behavior. This course will review the key literature in the study of individual behaviors, interpersonal relations, and group dynamics in organizations. The readings and discussions will focus on core topics in the field, such as personality and individual differences, work attitudes, motivation, leadership, groups, and socialization. This course is required of all first year doctoral students in Organizational Behavior and is open to other doctoral students with permission.
Seminar in Macro-Organizational Behavior
This course examines theory and research about organization design, relations between organizations and environments, and inter-organizational relations. The emphasis is on the behavior of organizations as systems themselves and on their relations with the larger context in which they are embedded. The course examines topics such as: organizations as open systems, as institutions, as elements in ecological systems and other perspectives on large scale organization theory and dynamics. The course is a basic survey of theory and research on macro-organizational theory.
Field Studies Seminar
As management researchers seek to understand questions of 'how' and 'of what ' in addition to the more traditional question of 'how many,' qualitative methods are taking a central place in our field's methodological practice. One indicator is the publication of qualitatively based articles by major journals in the sub-disciplines of organizational behavior, information systems, strategy, accounting and marketing. This doctoral-level seminar has two objectives: to explore the range of methodological practices and processes associated with conducting and composing high quality qualitative research, and to draw particular attention to the important processes of observing, discovery, justification and writing.
Seminar in Management of Technology
Globalization, technology trends, innovation, and reliance on information are raising new types of operational challenges in a variety of industries. Students in this seminar survey classic operations and technology strategy frameworks. Research themes address the linkage and consistency in operations and strategic decisions; productivity and performance measures; sourcing, staffing and learning strategies; investments in capacity, flexibility, time-based competition, and new product development; product and process architecture; technological and organizational disruptions; simultaneous management of product, process and supply chain technologies. Implementation issues are explored with tasks, projects, processes or firms as the unit of analysis. OM920 is open, with faculty member's consent, to any MBA student who has taken OM725/726 (OTM Core course). It is suitable for MBA students who wish to get into supply chain/ product portfolio management related consulting practice based on use of analytical tools.
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Research Seminar in Technology Strategy and Innovation
This doctoral seminar serves as a survey course to the broad area of technology and innovation management. We will review and critique a large and diverse body of literature that can be considered "core" to the field. We will place emphasis on both classic theories and seminal contributions as well as on recent research that builds upon or extends the established theories. One key differentiator of this research seminar is that five professors actively doing research in the field will teach it. While having multiple instructors brings some coordination challenges (these are less critical in doctoral seminars than they are in masters level classes), it has one major advantage: it allows each faculty to lead those sessions that deal with topics of her or his direct research expertise. Students can expect to cover each topic with researchers that have been important contributors to the intellectual debate in the topic they teach. The seminar will cover key issues in the management of technology and innovation including innovation definitions and patterns (e.g. industry life cycle), entry timing strategies, platforms and standards, networks, dynamic capabilities, organizing for innovation, open and community-based innovation, licensing & patenting, technology diffusion, geography of innovation, and science and innovation policy. SI917 provides a solid base to critically explore many key topics of research in technology and innovation management. It is therefore aimed at doctoral students who plan to do research in technology and innovation management, or those who need a solid exposure to these topics to inform their research in related areas.
Organizations in Strategy and Economics
This doctoral seminar will compare and contrast ideas about organizational design and the performance consequences of organizational decisions from the closely related fields of Strategy and Economics. The first half of the semester will focus on the role of organizations (typically firms) in several schools of thought within Strategic Management. The second half of the semester will cover similar topics from an economic perspective, which places more emphasis on incentives, formal contracts and specific kinds of information problems (i.e. moral hazard and adverse selection). At the end of this course, students should be able to explain how the role of organizations differs across several key theoretical lenses used in Strategic Management (e.g. the Knowledge Based View vs. Strategic Human Capital Theory). Identify the core incentive and informational problems that underpin most economic models of organization. Articulate areas where Strategy and Economics have reached a consensus on the key drivers of organization, as well as questions where the two fields make different assumptions and/or reach different conclusions and describe key empirical regularities and associations that have informed organizational theory-building efforts in both strategy and economics.