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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Ph.D. in Business Administration
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Rochester, USA

5 Years


Full time

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Aug 2024

USD 40,626 / per year *


* $40,626 - $54,176 | based on credits taken


The Ph.D. in business administration is designed to inspire and train scholars to identify, investigate, and solve novel business challenges that influence business and society, particularly those triggered by technological changes. Our program has a sharp emphasis on the effects of technological innovation on discipline-based theories and research. Our faculty adopt an apprenticeship model in working with students to become independent scholars, cutting-edge researchers, and well-trained educators at research-oriented universities.

The program offers three areas of specialization:

  • Digital Transformation: Digital transformation emphasizes the integration of digital technologies that have altered the marketing of products and services, as well as the management of information systems. In this area of specialization, you will study the design and development of digital artifacts and their implications for interpersonal interaction, analyze the modes of human information processing in digitally transformed business contexts, and theorize the emergence of new business models and ways of organizing in digitally immersive environments.
  • Strategy and Innovation: A distinct feature of the 21st-century competition is the pivotal role played by technological innovation as a competitive advantage for organizations. In the strategy and innovation specialization, the research emphasizes the growing role of technological capabilities and innovation-based products and processes as a source of competitive advantage. You will acquire knowledge and skills to address novel research questions about firm-level strategy and innovation-related challenges faced by managers and policymakers.
  • Finance and Accounting: The finance and accounting specialization emphasizes new challenges and research areas that have emerged from technological innovations within finance and accounting disciplines. These areas include FinTech, high-frequency trading, alternative trading systems (dark pool and ECNs), crowdfunding platforms, P2P lending platforms, blockchains, cryptocurrencies, data analytic tools in auditing and credit rating, digital transformation of SEC filings, and corporate disclosures. In this area of specialization, you will study the antecedents and consequences of technology in finance and accounting.


At the intersection of innovation, technology, and business, Saunders faculty consistently publish their research in elite journals across the following three Ph.D. specialty areas.

  • Digital Transformation
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Strategy and Innovation


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