At the Kellogg School of Management we strongly believe in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to PhD study. This approach directly engages our students with the many programs and research faculty found at Northwestern University, one of the nation’s leading private research universities.
The Kellogg PhD is about being steeped in a particular discipline, or combination of disciplines, which address how the world of business works. This training provides a firm foundation from which our students will develop excellent conceptual, analytical, and methodological skills. Students use these skills to advance their own research ideas and research reputation.
Kellogg’s Research Partners
The breadth and depth of expertise between departments – and within each department – provides students with the curriculum and guidance to become leaders in their field. To complement their study of the fundamental disciplines that underlie business research, our students attend classes in communication studies, economics, engineering, law, mathematics, statistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. The richness and flexibility of the curriculum within this collegial environment encourage close working relationships with students and faculty across disciplines, which can bring a unique perspective to the students’ dissertation research.
Additionally Northwestern is a member of the Traveling Scholar Program, which enables students to take classes within the Big Ten consortium and the University of Chicago for credit.
Research Collaboration and Solving Puzzles
There are several experts among the faculty for Kellogg PhD Students to engage with as they begin their dissertation research. We give our students a broad exposure to current thinking at the beginning of their studies so they can shift their focus to one area, thus learning an existing body of research in their specialized field and then trying to expand it by discovering new evidence.
Kellogg faculty and doctoral students, working together, are identifying holes within what is currently known and are seeking solutions to fill those holes – solving those puzzles.
New ideas must be tested and shared among one’s peers; therefore, each academic department sponsors a weekly seminar series. Distinguished scholars from within and outside of Northwestern share their most current research with the Northwestern community and provide opportunities for scholarly discourse and networking – collaborating with those within a particular field. Kellogg doctoral students are also given opportunities to present their research at department seminars and receive thoughtful and constructive feedback.
Kellogg’s Global Presence
Kellogg’s commanding global presence in management education enables us to bring leading academics and practitioners from around the world to campus to share insights on emerging global markets and to address universal, critical issues in finance, healthcare, real estate, private equity and venture capital, technology, manufacturing, marketing and social change. Our business conferences offer rare insights into the work of noted scholars and the practical perspectives of some of the world’s most successful business leaders.