Business Administration (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Business & Entrepreneurship


The philosophy of the programme is to provide graduate education and training in business administration, which develop and deepen the spirit of enquiry and responsibility in the students, to take on teaching, research in higher institutions, as well as management responsibilities in public and private sectors of the national and global economies.



The objectives of the programme are to provide training in business administration  research for those whose future careers lie in teaching and research at the University and other tertiary institutions and for those who may have to operate in research and development environments; in core and specialized areas of business administration  that would equip graduates to provide quality consultancy services to both local and international clientele; and aimed at providing critical manpower in the area of business administration needed for national development.


Duration: minimum 48 months maximum 84 months

Course Descriptions

MGT 900 - Management thought and Philosophy

This course examines the idea and evolution of management as a field of endeavour.


MGT 901- Seminar in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Students will gain a well-developed understanding of business enterprises and the entrepreneurial and strategic thinking that drives them in a dynamic, competitive regional, national, and global economy. Students will learn to apply entrepreneurial and strategic management practices (e.g., using case analysis) to organizations of varying sizes. An integral component, futures studies, shall involve an introduction into thinking about the future, the foundation of the field, its methodologies, link to planning, decision-making, strategy and public policy. The relationship between core competences (at the company level) and key success factors at the industry shall be examined. The students are expected to present seminar work on sector, industry and company strategies.


MGT 902 - Advanced Research Methodology

The objective of this course is to deepen the understanding of the students, of the traditional scientific research methods. Topics to be discussed include Research in Social, Physical and natural sciences; problems of research in developing countries; common errors in research; types of research; and research in practice: selecting a topic, problem and hypotheses formulation, research design, instruments and data collection data analysis and interpretation, research report, etc

The objective is for students to gain confidence in the applicability and relevance of quantitative and non-quantitative methods in our research environment, where the tradition of believing in "objective measurement" is strong. Qualitative research methods open up for us a class of research questions that is not accessible within the "normal" scientific method. That is, as researchers, we can ask new questions if we have a richer repertoire of tools, both the qualitative and the quantitative from which to choose.

Topics to be discussed include the basics of qualitative research methods and research approaches. Some qualitative research approaches, such as phenomenography, activity theory and ethnography, data collection methods such as interviews, field studies and rapid rural appraisal, and observations evaluating collected data.


MGT 903 - PhD Seminar

This seminar introduces students to the most recent research in the area of business administration, management and organizational analysis, examining current issues and trends. Students have an opportunity to present and discuss their own research and actively engage in the analysis and discussion of the work of others. Each student is expected to make at least one presentation during the course, focusing on the formulation, design, execution, and results of his or her research.


MGT 904 - Imperatives of Globalization

Globalization Overview: Why has the global economy grown so rapidly? How is it affecting the environment, local economics, and social and cultural customs throughout the world? ; Questioning Free Trade: What are the positive and negative impacts of free trade? ; Economic globalization and technological changes: these processes are examined in relation to the national development or under-development. It also examines multinational companies, their histories, the reasons for these companies' spatial mobility and the impact on developing world; Globalization and the Environment; Social Equity: Is social equity relevant to trade issues?; What is gained and lost through the gradual homogenization and distortion of cultures as a result of globalization? The course examines impact of globalization on Nigeria, particularly using various relevant global socio-economic indices.


MGT 905 - Advanced Qualitative Techniques

It is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore more advanced quantitative techniques for decision-making in general and research in particular. Emphasis will be on multivariate statistical methods, advanced topics in optimization techniques and stochastic models.


MGT 999 - Dissertation/Research Project: The research project is designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake rigorous independent scholarly research in any area of business, to gain in depth knowledge of a self-chosen subject in a relevant area of business, to develop and master the ability to express their ideas as independent scholar-practitioners.




MGT 906 - Seminar in Business Environment

This seminar introduces students to the most recent research in the area of HRM, examining current issues and trends. Students have an opportunity to present and discuss their own research and actively engage in the analysis and discussion of the work of others. Each student is expected to make at least one presentation during the course, focusing on the formulation, design, execution, and results of his/her research.

MGT. 907 - Management of Change

Management of change is designed to acquaint participants with the issues, techniques, and strategies for the management of change. The first part of the course concentrates on developing expertise in predicting relevant changes in the organization's task environment and making sure that change initiatives are in harmony with environment. Techniques for environmental scanning and task forecasting will be explored and useful models analyzed. Students will also discuss and make presentations on current issues such as employee ownership, team-based management, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational renewal, etc. By course end, participants will understand the techniques for creating a change, managing resistance, and applying change models to various industries and situations.

MGT. 908 - Government Business & Society

This course examines the area of government business and business-society relations as one of the critical areas where the general manager spends a considerable amount of time. The responsibilities of the firm in these areas, the role of the general manager, the skills needed and ethical and philosophical issues will be discussed.


MGT. 909 - Seminar in Public Enterprise Management

MGT 910 - Multinational Enterprises

MGT. 911- Advanced Conflict Management

This course is designed to provide an understanding of intercultural management useful for international management and trade negotiations. Participants are expected to study the different ways various cultures think, communicate and behave, particularly within business contexts, in order to develop a necessary level of cross-cultural competency. Today’s global business implies co-operating, coordinating, negotiating and supervising, using management processes appropriate to the cultural context. The student will explore cultural implications in those management processes, as well as its impact on team-building, ethics, conflict resolution and creative problem-solving. Students will also study their own culturally-based perceptions, patterns of thinking and behavior, communication styles, values and how they can be adapted to an intercultural context. Although the course will primarily deal with cultural differences in national culture context, it will also address cultural differences in gender and in organizational level as long as they affect the global business environment. Foundations and Theories of Conflict: Theories of Conflict Resolution - An interdisciplinary approach to examination of conflict and conflict resolution theory;

Responses to Conflict - An examination of the different approaches to conflict resolution represented by two party negotiation, facilitative processes such as mediation, the various evaluative processes, adjudicative processes such as litigation and binding arbitration, and the various hybrid processes; Negotiation; Mediation Skills Clinic - A basic introduction to mediation skills, theory, and ethics; Interpersonal and Intergroup Conflict - An in depth study of the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict.

Organizational and Community Conflict - An exploration of the dynamics of conflict in organizations and the community; International and Cross-Cultural Conflict - an examination of the practical negotiation skills central to the resolution of situation-specific international and intercultural conflict.

Methodology of Conflict Resolution Research - an introduction to a range of qualitative data collection methods with particular focus on techniques used in research on conflict and conflict resolution, including participant observation, content analysis, behavioral mapping, and nonintrusive measures, as well as a review of relevant research literature in the field.

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