Ph.D. program


Ph.D. program

Program Philosophy

It has been long recognized that a country’s economic and social stability is the foundation of sustainable development. The economy of a country must be stable and have sufficient immunity to withstand the volatility of the global economy. Attention must also be paid to the linkages between the domestic and the international economies to ensure a country’s competitiveness. Interestingly, it has been found that higher education is a prominent factor in determining a country’s competitiveness. Higher education does so by training competent scholars, conducting research, and providing various services to the surrounding community. The National Institute of Development Administration has made long-term contributions to Thailand’s competitiveness. The Institute also recognizes that the traditional education system is inadequate for the country’s future competitiveness.
This Doctor of Philosophy in Management program seeks to develop theoretical and methodological sophistication among its graduates so that they can understand important social and organizational problems, develop viable solutions, and contribute new knowledge to the global community of scholars in the field of management. Students are prepared to be scholars, academics, and professionals that aim to pursue careers in colleges and universities, research institutes, and public agencies, as well as industrial and business organizations.
The term “management” covers a variety of activities in directing people to accomplish desired objectives by utilizing available resources efficiently and effectively. Management encompasses those functions relating to planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization for the purpose in accomplishing common goals or objectives. Thus the Program covers diverse disciplines relating to management in the business and public sectors.
Coursework for the Ph.D. in Management ICO NIDA consists of a combination of practical learning of management theories and practices and exposure to various fields of concentration, as well as research methodology courses to prepare students for their dissertations.
Teaching methods include lectures by professors, teachers, and administrators, in-class workshops, case studies analyses, web-based learning and learning through different modes of multimedia, learning through experimentation and hands-on work, and participation in various other activities.
After completing coursework and training in research methodology, students will take a Ph.D. dissertation proposal examination, research and write the Ph.D. dissertation, and take the Ph.D. oral examination. The dissertation must be published or at least in the process of getting acceptance to be published in a journal or an academic publication that is peer reviewed prior to publication and is recognized in that field of study.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. The students should be able to critically apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their primary area of study.
  2. The students should be able to interact productively with people from diverse backgrounds with integrity and professionalism.
  3. The students should be able to pursue research of significance in the discipline or an interdisciplinary or creative project.
  4. The students should demonstrate skills in oral and written communication sufficient to publish and present work in their field of study/research.
  5. The students should be able to apply skills and knowledge in their discipline of research in management to benefit the academy and community at large


Program Structure

Plan 1 (1.1) Total credits for the Ph.D. program for an applicant with an MS/MA are 48 credits including basic courses with no credit counted toward the doctoral degree (optional), and 48 credits for the dissertation.

Plan 2 (2.1) Total credits for the Ph.D. program for an applicant with an MS/MA are 57 credits including, 12 credits for core courses, 9 credits for research methodology, and 36 credits for the dissertation.

Plan 2 (2.2) Total credits for the Ph.D. program for an applicant with a BS/BA are 78 credits including 9 credits for basic courses, 12 credits for core courses, 9 credits for research methodology, and 48 credits for the dissertation.


Program Structure or Components

Courses Plan 1 (1.1) Plan 2 (2.1) Plan 2 (2.2)
A. Remedial Courses Non Credit Non Credit 20 Hours Non Credit
B. Basic Courses 9 Credits
C. Core Courses 12 Credits  12 Credits
D. Elective Courses 9 Credits 9 Credits
E. Dissertation 48 Credits 36 Credits 48 Credits
F. Qualifying Examination Required Required Required
Total 48 Credits 36 Credits 78 Credits

Students enrolled in Plan 1 (1.1) and Plan 2 (2.1) can be requested by the committee to enroll in other courses provided by ICO NIDA or by other schools in NIDA.
Students who cannot pass all requirements of Plan 2 (2.2) and are unable to graduate with a doctoral degree but who would like to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Management have to meet the Master’s Degree requirements for 36 credits of coursework, which include 12 credits of core courses, 9 credits of research courses, and 3 credits for an elective course that can be selected from the courses offered by the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Management (International Program) and approved by the Program Committee, and 3 credits of independent study. They must also pass the qualifying and comprehensive oral examination


Course Structure

1. Remedial Courses (Non-Credit)

Remedial courses are non-credit and course grades will not be included in GPA calculation. Students without the background in areas specified by ICO NIDA must enroll in the following remedial courses: LC 4003 Advanced Integrated English Language Skills Development 3 Credits LC 6000 Advanced Reading and Writing in English for Graduate Studies

1. Conditions for enrolling in English for Graduates courses are in lieu of the criteria set by the School of Language and Communication.
2. Exemptions from any remedial courses are subject to ICO NIDA’s requirements.

2. Basic Courses–9 Credits for Plan 2(2.2)

DM6000 Management Theory and Practices 3 Credits
DM6001 Organization and Human Resource Management 3 Credits
DM6002 Strategic Planning and Risk Management 3 Credits
DM6003 Managerial Information Technology 3 Credits
DM6004 ASEAN Studies 3 Credits
DM6005 Governance, Ethics, and Sustainable Development 3 Credits
DM6006 Economics for Management 3 Credits

Remarks: The availability of basic courses is subject to ICO NIDA’s scheduling.


3. Core Courses–12 Credits for Plan 2 (2.1) and Plan 2 (2.2)

Core courses aim to provide students with theoretical knowledge, concepts, and tools to analyze management problems. The schedule for opening core courses will be subject to final arrangement by ICO NIDA. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) from the following core courses:

DM8001 Advanced Theory of Management 3 Credits
DM8002 Microeconomic Theory for Management 3 Credits
DM8003 Theory of Human Capital Management 3 Credits
DM8004 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 Credits
DM8005 Seminar in International Management 3 Credits
DM8006 Public Policy Theory and Management 3 Credits
DM8007 Seminar in Management for Development 3 Credits

Remarks: The availability of basic courses is subject to ICO NIDA’s scheduling.

4. Research Course–9 Credits for Plan 2 (2.1) and Plan 2 (2.2)

DM8101 Advanced Research Methods in Management 3 Credits
DM8102 Quantitative Research Methods in Management 3 Credits
DM8103 Qualitative Research Methods in Management 3 Credits

5. Dissertation

DM9900 Dissertation (Plan 2 (2.1)) 36 Credits
DM9900 Dissertation (Plan 1 (1.1) and Plan 2 (2.2)) 48 Credits

6. Qualifying Examination


Courses Course Descriptions

1. Remedial Courses (Non-Credit)

LC 4003 Advanced Integrated English Language Skills Development
Course contents and teaching activities focus on the integrated skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with particular emphasis on academic writing. Students will also work in small groups, practicing paper presentation techniques, précis writing, and research writing.

LC 6000 Advanced Reading and Writing in English for Graduate Studies
This course reviews essential reading and writing strategies required to read and write academic English. Course contents include work on sentence structures, vocabulary, and recognition of major thought-relationships in paragraphs, as well as practice in reading and writing academic English.

2. Basic Courses

DM 6000 Global Management Practices
This course is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of the roles and functions of a manager as well as to explain the principles, concepts, and techniques used by managers in carrying out their functions. A central concept of the course deals with the general framework for understanding management that applies to managers in all organizations–large or small, public or private, product-oriented or service-oriented. Topics covered include values and ethics, communicating, planning, decision making, organizing, leading, controlling, and innovating. The course is also designed for persons that presently hold, or desire in the future to hold, management responsibilities in an organization or enterprise. The course emphasizes the skills needed to apply management principles and concepts to real-life situations.

DM6001 Human Capital and Organizational Management
This course explores problems within organizations, organization theory, and methods of intervention in organization development. It examines the process of planning and implementing interventions to create interpersonal, group, intergroup, or organization-wide change. Moreover, human resource management is the part of management (or the function of management) concerned with the “people” dimension, including those functions relating to staffing, training, developing, motivating, and retaining employees. The content of the course includes the recruiting and selecting of staff as well as determining job duties, remuneration, and career paths and job opportunities. The course also examines such issues as equal employment opportunity, employee safety and health, and employer-labor relations.

DM6002 Strategic Planning and Risk Management
This course is concerned with the strategic planning process that enables an organization to shape and guide its overall business objectives to achieve a preferred future. The course examines effective planning in order for the organization to create a framework for developing, adapting, and aligning its organizational vision, mission, beliefs, and goals to achieve and sustain a strategic advantage. In addition, the course also examines key concepts in the understanding and management of risk in an organizational environment. The course will help students to develop an understanding of the key elements in business continuity and crisis management, and the role of risk managers and their organizations in ensuring business continuity. The course also covers those areas related to risk evolution, tools and techniques, project vulnerabilities, uncertainty modeling and risk software.

DM6003 Managerial Information Technology
This course provides students with an understanding of the role of information technology in management and aims to develop the student have set of conceptual frameworks of information technology management and a critical view of both strategic and tactical levels of information technology management. The course addresses the value and importance of information technology from strategic and tactical perspectives, as well as the challenges of information technology management in managing people, processes, and technology. The course features a basic foundation in IT, including technology, general organizational challenges (i.e., governance, sourcing), specific skills in managing IT projects, the broader view of significant management challenges, management information system (MIS) applications, the analysis of information system change, and leadership strategies.

DM6004 ASEAN Studies: Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural Forces
This course provides an overall understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shape ASEAN. The course contents consist of four aspects of ASEAN: the analysis of the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that have shaped Southeast Asia; a number of issues and key components regarding political, economic, social, and cultural issues, and the assessment of institutional arrangements; changing policy agendas and governance issues in ASEAN in the contemporary period; and the comparison of the key characteristics of ASEAN with analogous developments in regional associations.

DM6005 Governance, Ethics, Sustainable Development, and Social Responsibility
This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and key skills necessary for governing authorities across private, public, and voluntary sectors. The course assists students in developing a sound understanding of corporate governance laws and practices in a national and international context. It will also help students to appreciate the importance of the development of good governance and stakeholder dialogue throughout the organization, irrespective of sector, and to be aware of legal obligations and best practices. The course also focuses on the different roles of both public and private institutions in society and the role that personal values plays in determining the conduct from a multidisciplinary perspective, as well as all aspects of governance obligations of organizations and the applicable and recommended standards of best practice.

DM6006 Managerial Economics
The course introduces students to principles of economics analysis used in managerial decision-making. Topics include both microeconomic and macroeconomic principles, including consumer choice, production, market structure, strategic interactions, game theory, input market, and public policy and externality. This course also covers principle models of macroeconomics such as macroeconomic indicators, national income, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, and exchange rates, and fiscal and monetary policy. The course also utilizes different economic cases and problems in order to provide an understanding of various economic tools and how these tools can help solve problems in the real world.

3. Core courses

DM8001 Theory of Management
This course examines the intellectual history of management theory in both business and the public sector. Management philosophies, theories, and techniques are examined by doctoral students in management. Participants will acquire a broad and deep understanding of management concepts, values, and ethics at play in management.

DM8002 Economic Theory for Management
This course covers Economic Theory and Industrial Organization Theory to study firms, markets, and their impacts under managerial decision-making and public policy frameworks. Topics include imperfect competition, pricing, advertising, entry and exit, industry evolution, cartel formation, vertical integration, mergers, antitrust and regulation, and externality.

DM8003 Theory of Human Capital Management
Human capital management (HCM) is an approach to employee staffing that perceives people as assets (human capital) whose current value can be measured and whose future value can be enhanced through investment. This course provides empirical research and economic theory related to human capital management (Personnel Economics) and organization management issues such as recruitment, compensation, promotions, performance evaluation, selection, training, and knowledge management (KM). The course provides a rigorous theoretical framework and the statistical tools needed to analyze human capital policies under varying institutional and competitive environments. It highlights the importance of information and incentives in the modern economy.

DM8004 Seminar in Strategic Management
This course allows students to engage in research that addresses fundamental problems related to management strategy formulation, its implementation by managers, and firms’ responses to their environment and competitors, with a focus on innovation. It combines strong theory development with rigorous empirical methods to develop cutting-edge research in the important question of strategic management, including competitive strategies, innovation, intellectual property, non-market strategy, and global strategy. Strategic decision making involves mathematical modeling by firms and individuals and involves economics, decision analysis, behavioral decision making, and game theory.

DM8005 Seminar in International Management
This course discusses a series of influential and innovative studies in empirical international management research. International Business (and the study of Multinational Corporations) is an interdisciplinary field that spans a number of different theoretical and empirical approaches in international contexts. Seminar discussions will focus on identifying and developing interesting research questions raised by this interdisciplinary literature, which offers many opportunities for systematic empirical study. The discussion will focus on different schools of thought, approaches, and techniques, as well as the use of data analysis in different managerial contexts.

DM8006 Public Policy Theory and Management
This course aims to enhance the theoretical and practical understanding of future public policymakers and policy analysts by familiarizing them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principals involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. The course will equip students with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making in democracies, including the changing nature of governance and theoretical, practical, and ethical questions. The course is also highly interdisciplinary, which provides students with the opportunity to address some of the key issues of contemporary governance, value, and ethics. Such issues include, for example, questions of the appropriate design of institutions, management of contractual relationships, and the design of regulatory mechanisms and economic approaches to policy evaluation.

DM8007 Seminar in Development Management
Development programs address various issues, such as poverty reduction, demographic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, environmental and energy programs, and human development. This course deals with research topics in which management tools are used to satisfy development goals. It covers the coordination and management processes of development programs and projects. The dominant paradigm in development management is intervention in the form of a transfer of aid by an external agency/donor and oversight of the related project cycle, i.e., project identification, project planning (formulation and appraisal), implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. Research to provide a structured method of project cycle management for development programs will be discussed in class with the objective of identifying strategies for the optimum use of limited resources in manpower, finance, material, and time, as well as determining how to make an effective contribution to the clarification and reformation of policies and objectives.

4. Research Courses

DM8101 Advanced Research Methods in Management
This course provides an in-depth method of preparing and conducting research in management. It is an introduction to doctoral research methods in management that aims to enhance a student’s skills and body of knowledge of how to conduct research, including ideas that students can work on toward their dissertation. Basic issues involved in conducting empirical research for publication in scholarly management journals will be examined. Framing of research questions, research structure, theory development, the initial choices involved in research design, data collection, and basic concerns in empirical testing, and research ethics will be discussed during the course. This course also considers these issues in the context of different modes of empirical research (including experimental, survey, qualitative, archival, and simulation).

DM8102 Quantitative Research Methods in Management
Quantitative research methods use applied statistics, which include statistical methods and statistical tools and techniques. The course also introduces applied econometrics by covering the theory and application of multivariate estimators and the linear, nonlinear, and structural models for cross-sectional, panel data, limited dependent variables, and time series.

DM8103 Qualitative Research Methods in Management
This course introduces students to a range of qualitative research methods and theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on the role that theory plays across the different stages of the research process. It examines the underlying philosophical assumptions of qualitative research methods and the implications that these assumptions have for framing a research problem, data collection, analysis, writing, and other dissemination strategies. It also provides some basic opportunities to attain practical, hands-on experience with developing research questions, techniques for data collection, and data analysis.

DM9900 Dissertation
All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must have an advisor, who can be either fulltime or visiting faculty of the International College of NIDA. The advisor is considered the primary reader of the dissertation. The defense must be open to the academic community of the university and be publicly announced at least one week beforehand. The Dissertation Committee is appointed by the Program Committee. The Defense Committee consists of at least three persons. The outside members may include graduate faculty from other NIDA schools or from outside NIDA, in which case the member must meet equivalent academic standards.

To qualify for the Doctor of Philosophy in Management, candidates must meet the following requirements:

1) Successfully complete all assigned program courses and the pass a qualifying examination, as determined by ICO NIDA.
2) Pass a qualifying examination upon completion of all coursework within two years after admission for Plan 2 (2.1) and three years for Plan 2 (2.2). However, in exceptional circumstances, an extension may be requested and granted at the discretion of the President with the recommendation of the Dean of the School of Human Resource Development. The qualifying exam includes a broad inquiry into the student’s preparedness to conduct research and provides an opportunity to discuss the proposed dissertation.
3) Pass a Ph.D. dissertation proposal examination, complete a Ph.D. dissertation, and pass an oral examination on the Ph.D. dissertation within six years after admission for Plan 2 (2.1) or within eight years for Plan 2 (2.2). Doctoral candidates are required to write a Ph.D. dissertation proposal and a Ph.D. dissertation.

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