PhD Program


PhD Program

The curriculum of the PhD program is designed to develop theoretical competencies both in information services as well as a complementary functional area impacted by digitally-enabled process innovations (e.g., marketing, strategy, operations).  In consultation with the PhD coordinator and other faculty, students configure a program of study that will provide them with the theoretical and methodological background for the multi-disciplinary investigation of process innovations.  This program of study will include subject-matter seminars offered both by the Center for Process Innovation and other functional departments in the Robinson College of Business (e.g., CIS, Management, and Marketing).  In addition, the program of study includes a rigorous sequence of courses in alternative research methodologies and a course in university teaching.  Teaching competence is developed through the University teaching seminar, GLA assignments to support a professor, and GTA assignments to deliver complete courses.

The type and focus of the dissertation research will be shaped by opportunity and fit. Some may work with a company, while others will do NSF-style funded field research or some other type of empirical or qualitative research. In the end, it is about producing the highest quality research results given the capabilities of the student, the skills of the faculty supervisor and opportunities present at the time the student chooses his/her dissertation focus.

A collaborative, mentoring approach is used for the ongoing development of PhD students.  From the start of their program, students work closely with one or more faculty members.  They interact regularly with faculty and other PhD students to develop their research and publication capabilities in tandem with the knowledge and skills developed through coursework.   They participate in a year-round research seminar series that feature accomplished researchers from around the world.


PhD students are supported with tuition remission and a stipend through the first four years of the program. Support for a fifth year will depend upon both the student’s progress and the availability of funding. The student is expected to teach one or more course sections after his/her third year as part of the program. Additional teaching for extra compensation is possible, although not encouraged.


Application material can be obtained from the Doctoral program office, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303.  CEPRIN accepts either GRE or GMAT exam scores from its applicants.  CEPRIN is especially interested in students who have an ability to interact with organizations to investigate problems pertaining to process innovation. A multi-disciplinary background with strong communication, project management and skills related to investigating problems by deep immersion in an organizational setting is desirable although not required.

Interested students should contact the CEPRIN Admission Coordinator, Ms Vanessa Browne at vbrowne@gsu.edu


Weifang Wu

  • Visiting Date : Jan 2016 – Current
  • Supervisor: Arun Rai
  • Research Project Title:  IT Strategy for Business Model Innovation

Xixi Li

  • Visiting Date : Jan 2012 – Jul 2013
  • Supervisor: Arun Rai
  • Research Project Title: Designing and Implementing Cost-Effective Telemedicine for Rural Areas in Developing Countries
  • Current Placement: Tsinghua University
  • Initial Placement: Tsinghua University



Current PhD Students



Recent PhD Graduates