Overview of the dissertation

Expected key features

The Program promotes Doctoral Dissertations (DD) that are based on research connected to the international academic context that contributes clearly to scientific knowledge within a specific entrepreneurial field.

This contribution can consist of, for example,

  1. a rigorous and analytical description of a lesser-known business reality (realities which are by nature changing over time, and vary from one country to another)
  2. an explanation of an observed entrepreneurial phenomenon or aspect of behavior (i.e. verifying the different hypotheses, assessing explanatory factors of certain entrepreneurial behaviors)
  3. identifying better management and organization practices or success factors

The external factors that favor business creation and development are also part of the Program’s research fields. Consequently, government policies aimed at promoting entrepreneurship —as well as the relationship between a country’s business fabric and its economic development— are also recommended research issues.

Therefore, doctoral candidates are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective amongst the different areas in the fields of entrepreneurship and economy, and management and administration of firms. They are also encouraged to place this research work in a Digital Document Repository: thus contributing to the body of business knowledge and making useful, non-trivial, contributions for identifiable social groups. We understand the following to be examples of such contributions.

  • Results which allow improvements to decision-making, working, and developing the efficiency of particular type of enterprise from specific countries
  • Results which allow improvements to governments’ policies related to the former
  • Contributions that improve the explanatory models that allow university teaching to convey entrepreneurial reality in all its complexity, or help the scientific community to offer a better explanation about these matters
  • Rigorous descriptions of certain non-trivial aspects of business/entrepreneurship, which may be useful for future research oriented towards objectives like the ones above.



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