Jon Johnson
Department Chair
Willard J. Walker Hall
jjohnson@walton.uark.edu

Jason Ridge
Ph.D. Program Director
Willard J. Walker Hall
jridge@walton.uark.edu

Degrees Offered:
Ph.D. in Business Administration (BADM)

Program Description: The primary objective of the Ph.D. program in Business Administration with an area of study in Strategy and Entrepreneurship is to prepare candidates for careers in university research and teaching. The program of study is designed to ensure that students receive an exposure to the broad areas of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, develop the conceptual skills and methodological tools necessary to design and conduct independent research, and develop the skills and experience necessary to teach at all levels of higher education.

Requirements for Ph.D. in Business Management (Strategy and Entrepreneurship)

Admission Requirements: Applicants for graduate study in Strategy and Entrepreneurship must meet the requirements of the Graduate School and be accepted by the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation. The requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade-point average (see the Graduate School minimum requirements) and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Additionally, the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Ph.D. program requires an educational background in business, sociology, political science, or economics. Students without this educational background may also be admitted but may be required to take up to 3 master’s level courses in one of these areas.

Program of Study: The nature of the program of study will vary somewhat depending upon the objective of the prospective candidate, but it will consist of a minimum of 72 graduate semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and 42 graduate-only semester hours beyond the master's degree. Program requirements must balance credit hours for required coursework, research, and dissertation preparation. The primary objective of the Ph.D. program in Strategy and Entrepreneurship is to prepare candidates for careers in university research and teaching. The program of study is designed to ensure that students receive an exposure to the broad areas of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, develop the conceptual skills and methodological tools necessary to design and conduct independent research, and develop the skills and experience necessary to teach at all levels of higher education.

For a complete list of University Graduate School and International Education degree requirements, please visit the Objectives and Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses: 13
Seminar in Entrepreneurship Research
Seminar in Strategy Research
Seminar in Non-Market Strategy Research
Seminar in Business Administration Teaching I
Choose one of the following two courses:
Seminar in Organizational Behavior
Seminar in Human Resource Management
Supporting Fields:12
Supporting courses can include the below options or equivalent courses as approved by the Ph.D. Coordinator.
Choose four courses from the following:
Advanced Social Psychology
Seminar in Personality and Social Psychology
Special Investigations
Theory in Supply Chain Management
Theory Development
Graduate Colloquium
Special Problems in Management repeatable for 12 hours total within the degree program
Special Topics in Strategy and Entrepreneurship repeatable for 12 hours total within the degree program
Seminar in Human Resource Management
Seminar in Organizational Behavior
Courses for the supporting fields requirement are selected in consultation with the student’s Ph.D. Advisory Committee. All courses taken for the Supporting Fields must be at the graduate level and/or taken for graduate credit. In certain circumstances, and with the approval of the student’s advisor and Ph.D. coordinator, a student may request and be granted permission to substitute a graduate course not listed here.
Research Requirements:18
Research methods courses can include the below options or equivalent courses as approved by the Ph.D. Coordinator.
Seminar in Research Methods
Seminar in Applied Research Methods
Choose 12 hours from the following:
Seminar in Research Methods
Inferential Statistics for Psychology
Advanced Descriptive Statistics for Psychology
Qualitative Methods in Communication
Quantitative Methods Analysis
Mixed Method Research Design
Emerging Topics
Qualitative Research
Advanced Multivariate Analysis
Advanced Research Methods in Political Science
Multiple Regression Techniques for Education
Special Problems in Management (repeatable for 12 hours total within the degree program)
Special Topics in Strategy and Entrepreneurship (repeatable for 12 hours total within the degree program)
Courses used to meet the Research Requirements will be selected in consultation with the student's Ph.D. Advisory Committee and should support the student's program of study. The courses should provide the student with a knowledge of advanced descriptive and inferential statistics, research design, and research methods. In certain circumstances, and with the approval of the student's advisor and Ph.D. coordinator, a student may request and be granted permission to substitute a graduate course not listed here.
Candidacy Exam
Students will be required to take a candidacy examination in the summer following the second year coursework as a requirement of the Ph.D. program. The exam will cover the student's major and minor content areas as well as research methods. Successful completion of all parts of the candidacy exam are required to begin dissertation research.
Dissertation18
Doctoral Dissertation
Total Hours61

Graduate Faculty

Amerine, Jeff, M.S. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (U.S. Naval Academy), Instructor, 2009.
Anand, Vikas, Ph.D. (Arizona State University),M.B.A. (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade), M.Sc. (Birla Institute of Technology), Professor, 1999, 2005.
Chen, Diana, Ph.D., M.S. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Colorado State University), Lecturer, 2020.
Ellstrand, Alan E., Ph.D. (Indiana University at Bloomington), M.B.A. (North Illinois University), B.S. (University of Illinois-Urbana), Professor, 2000, 2002.
Goforth, Sarah, M.A. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), B.A. (Hendrix College), Instructor, 2017.
Grandy, Jake, Ph.D. (University of Southern California), M.A. (University of New Mexico), B.S. (University of British Columbia), Assistant Professor, 2020.
Johnson, Jon, Ph.D. (Indiana University at Bloomington), M.B.A., B.S. (University of Arkansas), Professor, Walton College Professorship in Sustainability, 1996, 2007.
Mlakar, Paul Francis, M.B.A. (University of Arkansas), Lecturer, 2019.
Reeves, Carol, Ph.D. (University of Georgia), M.A. (University of South Carolina), B.S. (Georgia Southern College), Professor, Cecil and Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professorship in Entrepreneurship, 1990, 2012.
Ridge, Jason, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. (Oklahoma State University), Associate Professor, 2015, 2017.
Rodeffer, Carolyn, M.B.A. (University of Chicago), B.A. (University of Maryland), Instructor, 2015.
Sadeghi-Jourabchi, Ali M., M.S. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Oregon State University), Lecturer, 2015.
Spenser, Brooke, M.B.A. (Indiana University at Bloomington), B.S. (University of Oklahoma), Instructor, 2021.
Worrell, Dan, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. (Louisiana State University), Professor, Corporate Responsibility Professorship in Management, 2005.
Zweig, Mark, M.B.A., B.S. (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), Lecturer, 2005.