PhD Management, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 09, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016


The Management Area within the Business School of the University of Mannheim (Brauer, Biemann, Helmig, Lin-Hi,Woywode) covers the fields of corporate social responsibility, human resource management, international management, public and non-profit management, and small- and medium-size enterprises. Research in these fields shares a strong methodological basis with the social sciences. Many challenging research questions in this field require an interfunctional and interdisciplinary approach within business administration, economics, and social sciences. Insights are frequently obtained from industrial practice and therefore survey design and data collection methods play a prominent role in research in business strategy and management.

Fields of Research

The members of the area management conduct fundamental research as well as research on the frontier to industry. They produce a substantial yearly amount of research contributions. A dynamic research environment is indispensable for excellent study conditions since state-of-the-art teaching is impossible without a profound research background. The area covers a wide spectrum of research fields.

Research interests of the Chair of Strategic and International Management center mainly on strategic corporate transformation and restructuring, corporate strategy and governance, management of growth, effectiveness of management tools and practices in strategy formulation and implementation,  and on strategic decision-making.

Main research fields of the Chair of Human Resource Management and Leadership are primarily in leadership, strategic and international human resource management, careers and career patterns, methods in management research, and knowledge transfer in teams.

The Chair of Public and Nonprofit Management aims to develop and improve management concepts and instruments for public administrations, state-owned enterprises and private nonprofit organizations. Important research fields are strategic management, human resource management and organization for public and nonprofit organizations.

The main research interests of the Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility are the relationship between CSR and firm success, CSR management in profit und nonprofit organizations, social and working standards in developing countries, and sustainability in supply chain management.

Focal research fields of the Chair of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship are management concepts in small and medium-sized businesses, information and communication technology in small and medium-sized businesses, family businesses, self-employment, and entrepreneurship.

lAdmission to the CDSB Program

General Information

PhD programs at the CDSB:

  • The application deadline is March 31, 2016 for the fall 2016 intake. Applications can be submitted from November 2015, and there is an early admission deadline on January 31, 2016.
  • Applications from candidates who are not accepted in the early round will be reviewed again with all other applications after March 31.
  • The prerequisite for admission is a master’s degree or a four year bachelor's degree in the respective field or equivalent.

Business Research programs at the CDSB:

  • The application deadline is March 31, 2016 for the fall 2016 intake. Applications can be submitted from November 2015.
  • The prerequisite for admission is an enrollment in the Mannheim Master in Management of the Business School at the University of Mannheim and average grades of all master courses of the first semester: 2.0 or better.

We solely offer online application and applicants must submit their information and documents through our online application portal. Applications sent in via mail will not be considered.

Admission is based purely on academic performance and potential.

Application Documents

The following information is required for an application:

  • Personal data
  • Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the PhD program in Business. Discuss your study plans and your fields of interest. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 700 words.
  • Certificates and transcripts of grades: A transcript from each college or university is required. The degree certificate is not sufficient. The transcript should show courses, grades and degrees received, mentioning rank or distinction if applicable. A translation is required for any transcript in a language other than English or German. At this stage of the application process it is not necessary to notarize or apostil the translations. If you are accepted we need notarized translations. An apostil is not necessary. If you have not yet finished your current degree, please attach a preliminary grade report (again in English or German).
  • GMAT (or GRE): All applicants must enter or upload test scores on the online application. While GMAT is the preferred test, adequate GRE scores may be handed in alternatively. There is no minimum required score. Ask the GMAT Customer Service to report your test scores using the following program code: VLC-95-89 (or the Educational Testing Service using the program code: 0933).
  • Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty who are able to assess your academic ability and potential.
  • Writing sample: Please attach a writing sample in English or German, e.g., a paper you have written during your studies.
  • Any supplementary information relevant to your application.

Online Application

In order to make the application process as convenient as possible for you, we offer an online application portal, which is available from November 2015, on.

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