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KNOXVILLE — Applications are being accepted for the University of Tennessee’s new doctorate program in Organizations and Strategy, offered through the Department of Management in UT’s College of Business Administration.

An information session for interested students will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Room 402 of Stokely Management Center.

“We are excited about the new doctorate in Organizations and Strategy, which is much needed in the state of Tennessee,” said Program Director Donde Plowman, Flaskerud Professor of Strategic Management. “There are similar programs in the state, but none with the strategy focus that ours will have.”

The new program trains students for careers as researchers and teachers at major research universities.

That’s important, Plowman said, because the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has said the most critical problem facing business schools today is the insufficient number of new Ph.D.s being produced worldwide. The annual U.S. production of business doctorates decreased by 19.3 percent between 1995 and 2000, and only 62.1 percent of those Ph.D.s planned to teach at a university.

The new program’s curriculum will study organizations from the perspective of general management and focus on the decisions and actions that define an organization and what it seeks to become in the context of the larger social and economic environment.

Courses will include seminars on organizational theory, macro organizational behavior, strategic management, managing the strategic process and addressing contemporary and global strategic management issues. In addition, each student completes a set of research methods courses as well as courses in a minor area.

The information session will include a description of the program and its requirements, information about entrance requirements and instructions on how to apply. Faculty will be available to answer questions about the program.

The Organizations and Strategy faculty include: Russell Crook, assistant professor of management; Dennis Duchon, Stokely Professor of Human Resources; Detelin Elenkov, associate professor of management; Alex Miller, William B. Stokely Professor of Management; Anne Smith, associate professor of management; Mike Stahl, Distinguished Professor of Management; and Donde Plowman.

Interested applicants should contact Plowman at dplowman@utk.edu or (865) 974-3575.

Information is also available at http://bus.utk.edu/mgt/orgstrat_phd_intro.html.