EBS doctoral programme in Management aims to broaden our understanding of the world by giving deep knowledge of organisational theories and society while developing critical and analytical thinking and research skills. Upon the successful competition of the programme, one has developed the ability to make continuous and logical arguments and synthesise new ideas. PhD degree in Management offers challenges and career opportunities in the academia as well as raises one’s value on the labour market.
EBS PhD programme that focuses on the research of business, public and civil society organisations is the only doctoral programme in Management in Estonia and offers a comprehensive perspective on management and organisation studies. The programme is taught in English and has an international student body. On-going development activities and quality assurance of the programme is managed by the EBS Research and Development Council.
The total volume of the programme is 240 ECTS, of which the studies give 60 ECTS and research activity 180 ECTS. Studies consist of compulsory and elective courses, doctoral/research seminars and teaching internship. The programme curriculum serves as a guideline for doctoral students, but each student has the right and obligation to put together an individual study plan. Research of the doctoral student is carried out according to individual study plan under the guidance of a supervisor. The progress of a doctoral student is evaluated yearly by the evaluation committee formed by the EBS R&D Council.
All doctoral students have an opportunity to go on exchange with the goal to pass part of their studies or conduct research in a foreign university. To exploit this opportunity is highly encouraged.
The doctoral thesis presented to apply for the doctor’s degree may be in the form of an independent thesis, a series of publications provided with the summarising review article, or a published monograph.
|Compulsory courses||Research Design and Writing - Management Theories - Institutional Economics - Philosophy and Methodology of Science - Qualitative Research Methods - Quantitative Research Methods - Organization Theories: Meta-theoretical Perspectives of Traditional Theories and Alternative Views to Organizational Reality - Contemporary Paradigms of Social Science - Foundations of Teaching - Developing Teaching Skills|
|Elective courses||Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis - Research in Strategy and Innovation - Logic - Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital - Theories of Management of Organisational Changes - Ethics and Responsibility in Management - Cultural Psychology - Cost-Benefit Analysis - Systems Science - Multicriteria Decision Making Methods - Structural Equation Modeling - Values in Theory and Practice|
|Teaching internship||Passing the teaching internship under the supervision of a professor is compulsory for all doctoral students and it takes place at EBS. Aim of this internship is to give the doctoral students the necessary skills and experience of teaching at the university level. The volume and period of internship are set in the individual study plan.|
|Exchange studies||Every doctoral student at EBS has the opportunity to visit a foreign university or research institution with a goal to take courses and carry out research. Hosting institution is chosen by the doctoral student himself or with the guidance of the supervisor, and then coordinated with the home university. The goal of the exchange is to increase the circulation of knowledge and establish academic contacts. Length of the exchange can vary from one to five months.|
Routes to a PhD
There are two different “routes” to obtaining a PhD in EBS. You can either apply for a research fellow position or be admitted as an individual doctoral student. EBS also upon possibility accepts visiting PhD students.
When applying to EBS to become a PhD student with a topic from the „Call for PhD Positions“ section EBS Research and Development Council may offer you an opportunity of becoming a research fellow. The research fellow will work in a research group with a specific research topic. These positions are financed either by EBS or external funding (or in a combination of both). The research fellow is thus employed by EBS but is also a student at EBS being enrolled in the PhD programme. As an employee, research fellow is provided with a workplace, and as a student, teaching and supervision. This scholarship and position include an obligation to contribute to teaching at EBS. The duration of the employment is four years according to the nominal PhD study period. Research fellow positions are limited and offered to exceptional PhD candidates with a similar vision to fit the EBS academic faculty.
Individual PhD student
As there is a limited number of scholarships and research fellow positions EBS also offers the possibility of becoming a PhD student as an individual or independent student. In this position, the student is affiliated with EBS as a student only and must pay tuition fee. Information about tuition fee can be found from tuition and scholarships section. The tuition fee can be funded personally or by an employer or another external funding provider. Independent students have no additional teaching obligation, but they must pass a teaching internship. The requirements for enrolment as an individual student are the same as for research fellows, but as an independent student, you do not have to apply for a vacant PhD position. You can, therefore, choose any research topic within the EBS research field.
Visiting PhD student
PhD students from other institutions, who wish to spend a period of study at EBS, should contact the department they wish to visit. Individual agreements may be made on supervision, participation in courses and a workplace between the student and the department. Information about visiting PhD student scholarships can be found below from the scholarships section.
Prerequisite for applying to the doctoral programme in Management is a master’s degree in social sciences or business administration (or equivalent qualification). Documents can be submitted all year round, but new doctoral students are admitted once a year – in August.
Following documents must be submitted to apply:
- Application form
- Curriculum Vitae
- university diplomas and diploma supplements
- abstract of the doctoral project/proposal
- letter of motivation
- copy of a passport or ID card
The decision of admission is made by the EBS R&D Council based on the research focus of EBS, the motivation of the doctoral student and argumentation presented in the proposal.
Application deadline for non-EU applicants is 1 April 2021.
Application deadline for EU students is 1 June 2021 (inc. Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and countries who do not need a visa to enter Estonia).
At the final stage of admission, you have to make a 5-minute presentation of your research proposal and answer the questions of the admission committee. The presentation can be done via Skype (for the foreign candidates) or in EBS. Next presentations take place on 25 August 2021.
Please contact Kaisa Lindenburg for any questions you may have.
Call for PhD Positions for study year 2021/2022
Tuition & Scholarships
Doctoral students who are not applying for a research fellow position but wish to enrol as individual/independent PhD students have to pay tuition fee. The tuition fee for students is credit point-based: the fee for one credit point is 120 €, the fee for the supervising, co-supervising and consulting of the Doctoral thesis is 1350 € in 1st - 4th semester and 2250 € in 5th - 8th semester, and fee to cover the expenses of the defence of the Doctoral thesis is 2800 €.
All doctoral students independent from their status can equally apply for several additional one-time scholarships aimed to enhance research activity. More information on financing your studies and research scholarships can be found below and asked the study consultant.
Financing of research fellows
Research fellows are exempt from tuition and employed by EBS.
EBS internal scholarships
Doctoral students who have shown notable results in research or development activities can apply for EBS scholarships that either partially or fully cover their tuition. Scholarship decisions are made by the EBS R&D Council based on the application by doctoral students, supervisor’s recommendation and the results of last scheduled evaluation by the end of September.
Doctoral studies regulations
ERF Dora Plus programme
Dora Plus programme offers several research-oriented scholarships with the aim to enhance the circulation and creation of knowledge. Dora Plus programme is financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme offers the following scholarships for master and doctoral students, and young researchers.
Upcoming Doctoral Courses
Spring semester 2020/2021 courses:
Course started on February 1, 2021 online
Monday, March 8 at 10:00-11:30
Tuesday, March 9 at 14:00-15:30
Wednesday, March 10 at 10:00-11:30
Friday, March 12 at 10:00-11:30
Monday, April 19 at 14:00-17:15
Tuesday, April 20 at 14:00-15:30
Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00-11:30
The course covers the following topics: (a) the scope and history of (new) institutional economics; (b) methodological approaches used by institutional economists; (c) game theoretic tools for enabling to study institutions from rational choice perspectives; (d) introduction of the fundamental concepts and topics of the NIE, such as transaction costs, property rights, and the theory of the firm. In addition it covers the determinants of institutions, i.e. how institutions are shaped and/or defined by social and political processes (and history) and why the resulting institutions are not necessarily efficient (and not benefit whole society).
Quantitative Research Methods 3 ECTS
Faculty: Prof Kaire Põder
Monday, March 8 at 11:45-13:15
Wednesday, March 10 at 11:45-13:15
Friday, March 12 at 11:45-13:15
Monday, April 19 at 11:45-13:15
Wednesday, April 21 at 11:45-13:15
Thursday, April 22 at 14:00-15:30
The course covers the following topics: (a) data visualization and descriptive data analysis; (b) linear regression, (b) the problem of causality, (c) binary regression models, (d) non-linear regression techniques, and (f) panel data. Course is introducing applied research methods, problems and techniques that have been discussed and introduces in last decades in all social sciences in modelling micro data (individual based observations). We use free software R studio . There is no any prerequisites for participating in the course, however knowledge of basic statistics and/or research methodology can help.
Monday, March 8 at 14:00-17:15 (online)
Friday, March 12 at 14:00-17:15 (online)
Monday, April 19 at 14:00-17:15 (online)
Friday, April 23 at 14:00-17:15 (online)
This course provides students with a set of conceptual and methodological tools to navigate these difficult theoretical and practical problems. We will learn concepts and tools from philosophy of social sciences that will help us understand and assess intra and interdisciplinary differences, debates and disagreements. We will particularly focus on different models and explanatory practices, and the role of values and human interests in social sciences. During the course, students will have the opportunity to focus on their own research area and rethink their research projects using the tools of philosophy of social sciences that will be introduced in this course.
While in the Foundations of learning (1/2) concentrated on the individual’s perspective (how does learning happen on an individual’s level), the Foundations of teaching (2/2) will concentrate on how to consider the individual’s perspective when designing and conducting courses, when supervising and guiding someone else’s learning. Learning and teaching are different sides of the same coin. We have all been taught by someone, formally and informally, explicitly as well as implicitly. In addition to the level of understanding or skill, our teachers have had an impact – among other things – on our values, self-worth, doubt, and on how we teach others. Current course is designed to bring together one’s experiences as a learner as well as a teacher, evidence-based approaches to designing coursework and teaching, as well as cognitive learning mechanisms. The composition of the included perspectives is intended to provoke fruitful reflections in building, updating, and solidifying teaching competences.
The course opens with a general introduction to logic. In particular, it introduces techniques on how to make definitions. Then, the course offers the analytic tools to recognize and assess arguments. Visual methods will help students to recognize and build structures of arguments and is expected to enhance students’ writing and reading skills. Students are also invited to detect fallacies found in common arguments. Then, the course surveys some techniques in formal logic to make and evaluate arguments. Finally, the course introduces students to the basic themes of inductive logic and its critical investigation.
The course consists of overview lectures, consultations and workshops. The focus is on personal-, social-, political-, and economic values in theory and practice. What are values? Values are principles or standards of behaviour, one’s judgment of what is important in life. Or in other words, the inner ground rules that will drive behaviour and the glue that keeps everyone together.
Wednesday, May 5 at 9:00-14:30 (online)
Thursday, May 6 at 9:00-14:30 (online)
Friday, May 7 at 9:00-12:15 (online)
This course provides an overview of and experience with qualitative research methods. You will be introduced to a wide variety of qualitative methods and philosophies of science usually applied in qualitative business studies. The course covers the structure of a qualitative research process, including the assessment of a study’s knowledge needs, the formulation and selection of a research topic, question, design and strategy, the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data, the development of the critical and analytical thinking, reading and writing skills and the ethical and quality evaluation of qualitative research.
Students of EBS can register through ÕIS. Doctoral students of other universities should contact
Triin Sillaots (email@example.com).