Programme structure

Degree programme phases

The degree programme is organised in two sections. The first is structured into a set of curricular offerings. In this preparation phase, methodical and subject competencies are further expanded. The doctoral students prepare a preliminary study, or research plan, for their dissertation, to be presented in a colloquium. The preliminary study must be approved before continuing the programme.

The second section of the degree programme is the dissertation phase. Research is carried out independently, and the results are presented in the form of a dissertation. Seminars or colloquia relating to the dissertation must be attended. The dissertation is concluded with a disputation, or oral defence. The dissertation must be published before the academic degree can be awarded. 



The contents of the course of study are oriented to the programme objective. The course of study can focus on the following subject areas:

- Entrepreneurship and Management
- Information and Process Management
- International Financial Services

Modules of the preparation phase include:

- Research Design and Management (5 ECTS)
- Scientific Writing (5 ECTS)
- Theory of the Firm (5 ECTS)

and one of the following modules:

- Research Methods in Entrepreneurship and Management (5 ECTS)
- Research Methods in Information and Process Management (5 ECTS)
- Research Methods in International Financial Services (5 ECTS)

The doctoral advisor can also stipulate the attendance of additional modules. The preliminary study represents a research plan. The research question, methodology and method of execution are developed in this stage.

In the dissertation phase, two seminars (for example a doctoral consortium and summer school) are to be attended in the respective focal area. The topic of the dissertation is geared to the selected focal area. It can be written as a monograph or as a cumulative dissertation.