Study type:Part-time Languages: English
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The PhD programme in Management aims to help solve some of the problems managers of today and tomorrow face.

Using management theory as a starting point, the main focus of the course is on change processes and the social responsibility of businesses.
The PhD programme links research on leadership with research into the management tools required for leadership.

The distinction between leadership and management tools illustrates an area between a general management perspective related to visions, attitudes and conduct, and an instrumental handling of administrative routines, procedures and tools in order to realize the business´ assets and objectives.

Objectives and management tools must be adapted to various types of social requirements and change processes related to market, technology, social values, legislation, the power and influence of NGOs, etc.

The PhD programme places emphasis on regarding management as an activity that balances management and change with ethical and value-related reflection on the social responsibility of a business.

Insight and management standards and conceptual basis will highlight and challenge the knowledge regarding various management tools required in developing and running a business. In the same way, development and adaptation of the management tools will be a challenge in practising leadership.

Management is a very comprehensive concept and topic of research and knowledge development, and management theory sources its wealth of information from a variety of disciplines and traditions.

Management is both a normative and descriptive field, which is linked to various functions, roles and management contexts. Determining what the situation in a business "is" and then being able to assess how it "should be" are important concerns in any leadership.

One of the aims of the PhD programme is to develop knowledge and skills that may give a descriptive understanding and diagnosis of what a business and its environment actually are, through using scientific methods to collect, analyse and assess information.

With regard to assessments of what the future development should be, this assumes a different and normative knowledge basis.

Knowledge about effective organization and use of resources must then be weighed against the needs of the society, which are only partly expressed through demand in markets.

One of the aims of the PhD programme is also to give a broad understanding of how management is practised through various market players and contract relations, but it must also create awareness about ethical rationality that may be critical and reflective with regard to financial rationality.

Credibility and trust

Credibility in relations and trust between players form a basis for good leadership. This is the reason why basic values, ethical theories and social responsibility are important elements under the topic of leadership. Such discourse about "market and morals" forms the basis for focusing on the social responsibility of the business.

Application of research-based knowledge about management requires reflection and testing when the knowledge is to be used in a different context and in specific situations. Therefore, the relationship between theory and practice, and between new knowledge and own experience creates a span in all management training.

The PhD programme will facilitate knowledge development in the area between tool and orienteering subjects. Management tools have been based on different subjects required in order to be able to manage, organize and develop a business:

* strategy and planning
* marketing
* business/production management
* technology
* financial management
* health
* environment and safety management
* human resource and competence management and development.

A challenge in exercising a management role is being able to handle known management tools through new measures that are necessary when a business must exercise its social responsibility.

Therefore, exercising management responsibility and management roles assumes knowledge of how to facilitate learning and change in businesses. Such learning and change processes will be an important part of the course, which links leadership and managers´ handling of management tools with the challenges in various management contexts. The research areas overlap each other and allow for combined studies.


The instruction component shall include the academic and methodical training required to carry out work on the dissertation.

The instruction component shall include courses amounting to a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 45 credits. At least 10 of these credits shall include the course(s) in philosophy of science and ethics on the relevant level. At least 20 credits shall be ordinary doctoral courses. The faculties may determine additional regulations for the contents of the instruction component.

The instruction component should be completed at the beginning of the study programme and must be approved before submission of the dissertation. The faculty may grant exemption from part of the instruction component in the event that the student has completed equivalent and approved instruction or courses at another unit or organization.

Instruction component for Management:

The instruction component must amount to at least 40 credits, divided as follows:
Philosophy of science with ethics (10 credits), theories and methods in management (10 credits), research methods (10 credits, qualitative or quantitative) and a minimum of 10 credits chosen among courses within one of the two fields of specialization - Change processes or Social responsibility.


Before you can apply for admission to one of the PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger, certain requirements must be fulfilled.

In order to be admitted to one of our PhD programmes, you need to secure your funding in advance or apply for this along with the application for admission. The most common source of funding is research fellow positions at UiS. These are advertised under "Job vacancies" at the University of Stavanger's web site. You may also apply for scholarships from external sources of funding, such as the Research Council of Norway or relevant commercial or industry companies.
You also need to fulfil the set requirements for previous education (in order to be admitted to a PhD programme applicants typically need to have a five year Master´s degree with an average grade weighted at B or better). Applicants must also write a good project description that falls within the subject area of one of our programmes.
Only applications signed by the applicant´s main supervisor will be considered in full. Applicants who have not found a supervisor at the time of application, but fulfil the remaining requirements for admission, may submit their application form as a preliminary application. If your project description falls within the subject area of one of our programmes, the research training secretariat will be happy to put you in contact with a relevant supervisor.
Applications without enclosed project description, certified documentation of previous relevant studies or a complete plan for funding, will normally be rejected.
There is no deadline for applications to the doctoral programmes. Applicants are admitted continuously.


PhD students who are accepted at one of the UiS PhD programmes can apply for mobility scholarships to finance research visits lasting from three to six months at acknowledged institutions abroad.

The mobility scheme includes all academic programmes at UiS, and the scholarship is calculated according to the Norwegian Research Councils rates for overseas research grants. The scholarship is intended to cover expenses in connection with getting established abroad, as well as additional expenditures. Travel expenses should be covered by the student´s financial resources.

PhD students who submit complete application forms are guaranteed funding for three months, but may apply for extra funding (se below) for extended stays up to six months, or visits shorter than three moths.

Additional funding

Applications for additional funding will be processed at the end of the budget year and are prioritized as follows:
1. Extended stays beyond three months or stays shorter than three months (for students who are unable to go abroad for three months due to family or other social commitments)
2. Application for incoming mobility to UiS (mainly for PhD students who are staying at an institution in a developing country that has a collaboration agreement with UiS)
3. Travel expenses (can only be applied for if your annual capital equipment (30 000 NOK) are insufficient and your travel methods are as cheap as possible).
The Doctoral Committee at the Faculty will consider equal applicants according to progress and relevance in the dissertation work.

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