Ph.D Program

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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 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.

Courses Plan 2 (2.1)
   A. Remedial Courses                                                      . Non Credit
   B. Core Courses 12 Credits
   C. Research Courses 9 Credits
   D. Dissertation 36 Credits
   E. Qualifying Examination Required
   Total 57 Credits

       Students can be requested by the committee to enroll in other courses provided by ICO NIDA or by other schools in NIDA.

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

     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 Theory of Management 3 Credits
   DM8002 Econometrics 3 Credits
   DM8003 Theory of Human Capital Management 3 Credits
   DM8004 Strategy and Sustainability Management 3 Credits
   DM8005 Seminar in International Management 3 Credits
   DM8006 Budgeting and Financial Management 3 Credits
   DM8007 Managerial Decision Making 3 Credits

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

3. Research Course–9 Credits for Plan 2 (2.1)

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

4. Dissertation

   DM9900 Dissertation (Plan 2 (2.1))                       . 36 Credits

5. 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. 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 Econometrics
The course aims to provide the student with a solid knowledge of the most commonly used econometric estimation techniques. The course allows students to bridge theory about economic behavior both at the macro and the micro levels and measurement that is the quantification of some observable phenomena. The contents of the course included statistical instruments, probability and inference, and apply them to the workhorse of econometrics, i.e., the linear regression model, panel data methods, instrumental variables, simultaneous equations models, regression discontinuity designs, and matching methods.

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 Strategy and Sustainability 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. The course aims to draw knowledge from multiple disciplines, including engineering, management and sustainability sciences, students gain knowledge on underlying principles and visions as well as theory and tools that support the formulation and assessment of resource-efficient and circular measures.

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 Budgeting and Financial Management
Budgeting and financial management concepts and techniques are essential to the successful operation of government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. This course includes the theory and practice of entire budgeting process, including budget formulation and execution, budget strategies such as activity-based costing, and revenue forecasting. Financial management and decision-making in terms of cash management, capital budgeting, and debt financing are also in focus

DM8007 Managerial Decision Making
Development programs address various issues for both public and private sectors, such as company investment plan, 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.

3. 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. However, in exceptional circumstances, an extension may be requested and granted at the discretion of the President. 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. Doctoral candidates are required to write a Ph.D. dissertation proposal and a Ph.D. dissertation.