PhD in Information Systems and Technology Management

The Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM) program investigates behavioral, design, and economic issues related to the use and impact of information technology. Examples of focal research themes are analytics, behavioral security, consumer and firm behavior in the digital age, digital platform strategy, health care systems, human factors in information systems design, IT governance, and software product development and services delivery. Through coursework, research seminars, and participation in faculty research projects, our students gain the core theoretical and methodological skills needed to conduct independent research and to answer meaningful research questions.

Mentorship, Research, and Publications

We actively collaborate with our PhD students. Our faculty members frequently work with students to co-publish aricles in top journals. View a list of collaborative research by ISTM faculty and PhD students.

According to a 2011 paper in Communications of the AIS by Clark et al., our graduates ranked 4th out of 109 PhD programs studied when considering the top 6 journals (as defined by the AIS Senior Scholars). Our faculty ranked 6th out of 109 schools studied when considering the same target journals.

Katz offers a breadth of research topics–many students can find a home here. Recent PhD dissertation topics have included e-commerce, online communities, project management, IS security and trust, knowledge management, user participation, digital-goods economics, and software measurement. Of course, your thesis topic is limited only by your imagination and drive.

Faculty

Ruba Aljafari
Dennis F. Galletta
Zia Hydari
Chris F. Kemerer
Laurie Kirsch
Narayan Ramasubbu

Placements

We are a leading program with respect to placement. Over the last decade 100 percent of students who actively sought university positions obtained them, and our recent alumni were placed as faculty members at University of Arizona, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Maryland, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and University of Texas. Visit our PhD placements page for a full list.

Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum: Fall Term

An exploration of critical thinking.

Course
BMIS 3 Katz PhD Seminar in Major Area
Research Methods Course
Research Methods Course

Year 1 Curriculum: Spring Term

A thorough examination of research methods.

Course
BMIS 3 Katz PhD Seminar in Major Area
BMIS 3 Katz PhD Seminar in Major Area
Research Methods Course
Research Methods Course

Year 1 Curriculum: Summer Term

Research paper with faculty guidance.

Course
Major Course Choic3

Year 2 Curriculum: Fall Term

A continued study in critical thinking and research methods.

Course
BMIS 3 Katz PhD Seminar in Major Area
Major Course Choice
Research Methods Course
Research Methods Course

Year 2 Curriculum: Spring Term

A further dive into major concentrations, critical thinking, and research methods.

Course
Major Course Choice
Major Course Choice
Research Methods Course

Year 2 Curriculum: Summer Term

A comprehensive independent study.

Course
BMIS 3010 Independent Study in Strategy

Year 3 Curriculum: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms

Fully concentrated work on dissertation and service as teaching assistant.

Course
BUSADM 3199 (9 Dissertation Credits)
FTDF 0000 Full-Time Dissertation Study

Curriculum: Years 4 and 5

Teach and enter the job market to defend your dissertation.

Course
FTDF 0000 Full-Time Dissertation Study