Research Tracks, Coursework and Workshops

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RESEARCH TRACKS, COURSEWORK AND WORKSHOPS

MSc Program

Classes begin in the first semester, and the course lasts no more than 21 months, divided into four quarters during which students must obtain 26 credits (the equivalent to 12 30-hour courses/ 2 credits each plus Graduate Seminars I, II, III and IV). Subsequently, students must obtain 2 credits by completing the Supervised Research Seminars, their thesis project must be approved (until the end of the 5th quarter) and the Master’s thesis defended (until the end of the 7th quarter). In addition to these courses, students are expected to engage in research projects with professors at the School.

The MSc students must attend the following courses in order to complete the program: 

Methods Courses Research Track Courses Elective Courses Graduate Seminar Supervised Research Seminar
Statistics IA;
Statistics IB; and
Qualitative Data Collection & Analysis or Comparative-Historical Methods;
4 courses of the student’s chosen Research Track (to be chosen by the student); 5 elective courses (related to any research track offered by the program) I, II, III and IV (equivalent to one 30-hour course / 2 credits); 2 credits

PhD Program

Classes begin in the second semester, and the course lasts no more than 48 months. During the first eight quarters, students must obtain 30 credits (the equivalent to 15 30-hour courses / 2 credits). Besides, students must obtain 2 credits by attending the Graduate Seminars I, II, III and IV from the 1st to the 4th quarters, and 4 credits by completing the Supervised Research Seminars between the 5th and 8th quarters. Subsequently, students must submit a conceptual paper, which must be approved (until the end of the 8th quarter); submit and present the dissertation proposal (12th quarter) and finally present and defend the doctoral dissertation (until end of the 16th quarter). Additionally, students must engage in research projects with professors at the School in order to strengthen their skills and enhance their academic records.

The PhD students must attend the following courses in order to complete the program:

Methods Courses Research Track Courses Elective Courses Graduate Seminar Supervised Research Seminar
Machine Learning in Business Research,
Panel Data Analysis +
4 methods courses (chosen by the student);
5 courses of the student’s chosen
Research Track (to be chosen by the student);
4 courses
(related to any research track offered by program);
I, II, III and IV
(equivalent to one 30-hour course / 2 credits);
4 credits;

RESEARCH TRACKS

The MSc and PhD include four research tracks, namely:

  • Behavioral & Decision Sciences: Focus on individual decision making processes.
  • Strategy, Management & Organizations: Focus on processes at the organizational level.
  • Finance: Focus on business economics, asset pricing, corporate finance, banking and financial decision making.
  • Institutions, Policy and Government: Focus on the institutional level and policy-making processes.

Each student must follow one of the tracks and may select as electives the mandatory courses from other tracks, as well as the list of elective courses available. The conceptual knowledge obtained in each of the tracks may be used in the Public and Business Administration fields. Similarly, qualitative and quantitative methods can be applied.

COURSES BY RESEARCH TRACK

Methods courses 

MSc & PhD courses

Course Hours Professor
Statistics IA 30 Rafael Goldszmidt
Statistics IB 30 Cesar Zucco Jr.
Machine Learning in Business Research 30 Fabio Caldieraro
Panel Data Analysis 30 Rodrigo Leite
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis 30 Gregory Michener
Comparative-Historical Methods          30 Octavio Amorim
Advanced Survey Methods 30 Rafael Goldszmidt
Experimental Design & Analysis 30 Rafael Goldszmidt
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 30 Alketa Peci
Introduction to Efficiency Analysis in R 30 Peter Wanke
Behavioral & Decision Sciences

Track Coordinator Prof. Ishani Aggarwal

The Behavioral & Decision Sciences track consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and courses whose main purpose is to better understand how individuals and teams make decisions in contexts relevant to business and governments.

MSc & PhD courses

Course Hour Professor
Consumer Behavior       30 Eduardo Andrade
Organizational Behavior 30 Ishani Aggarwal
Advanced Theories of Leadership 30 Filipe Sobral
Drug Policies & Behavior 30 Eduardo Andrade
Teams in Organizations 30 Ishani Aggarwal
Political Psychology and Behavioral Public Policy 30 Daniela Campello
Contemporary Issues in Accounting 30 Ricardo Lopes Cardoso
Individuals in Organizations   30 Ishani Aggarwal
Social Networks 30 Francisco Polidoro
Strategy, Management & Organizations

Track Coordinator  Prof. Olivier Bertrand

The Strategy, Management & Organizations research track strives to understand management phenomena in organizations at the public and business levels. The topics discussed in this Research Track include Organizational Theory, Competitive Strategy, Internationalization, Governance and Control, Organizational Culture and Management Processes.

MSc & PhD courses

Course Hour Professor
Innovation Management 30 Paulo Figueiredo
Global Strategy & International Management 30 Ronaldo Parente
Information, Organizations & Society 30 Luiz Antonio Joia
Teams in Organizations 30 Ishani Aggarwal 
Organizational Theory 30 Alexandre Faria
Organizational Behavior 30 Ishani Aggarwal
Strategic Management      30 Olivier Bertrand
Business Economics      30 Fabio Caldieraro
Advanced Theories of Leadership   30 Filipe Sobral
Individuals in Organizations 30 Ishani Aggarwal
Social Networks 30 Francisco Polidoro
Corporate Finance 30 Lars Norden
Financial Accounting and Analysis 30 Ricardo Lopes Cardoso
Sustainable development: Concepts and Practice 30 José Antonio Puppim
Public Management 30 Alketa Peci
Military Organizations: Culture, Strategy, and Innovation 30 Octavio Amorim Neto
Finance 

Track Coordinator  Prof. Lars Norden

The Finance track consists of a set of courses ensuring in-depth studies of essential issues in Corporate Finance, Banking, Asset Pricing, Accounting and Financial Decision Making. There are also courses on key econometric methods, specialized workshops and research events organized by the Center for Banking and Finance Research in Rio (CBFR).

MSc & PhD courses

Course Hour Professor
Transparency and Good Governance 30 Gregory Michener
Corporate Finance 30 Lars Norden
Asset Pricing 30 Rodrigo Leite
Advanced Corporate Finance 30 Murillo Campello
Financial Accounting & Analysis 30 Ricardo Lopes
Business Economics 30 Fabio Caldieraro
Contemporary Issues in Accounting 30 Ricardo Lopes
Institutions, Policy and Government

Track Coordinator  Prof. Carlos Pereira

The Institutions, Policy & Government track covers the study of political institutions, public policy and government in comparative perspective. The key issue addressed by this track is: How and when do political institutions affect government, policy-making, and public policy outcomes? Theoretical and methodological tools related to comparative political economics are used to investigate the functioning of political institutions, political systems and the policy-making process, as well as their effects on public policies and economic performance.

MSc & PhD courses

Course Hour Professor
Political Economy of Development                    30 José Antonio Puppim
Checks & Balances and Regulatory Policy 30 Carlos Pereira
Comparative Political Institutions 30 Cesar Zucco
Political Psychology and Behavioral Public Policy 30 Daniela Campello
Sustainable Development: Concepts and Practice 30 José Antonio Puppim
Transparency and Good Governance 30 Gregory Michener
Drug Policies & Behavior 30 Eduardo Andrade
Public Management 30 Alketa Peci
Information, Organizations & Society 30 Luiz Antonio Joia
Military Organizations: Culture, Strategy, and Innovation 30 Octavio Amorim Neto
Innovation Management 30 Paulo Figueiredo

Graduate Seminars

All MSc and first-year PhD students must sign up for Graduate Seminars I, II, III & IV. During these seminars, researchers are invited to present and discuss their recent research projects. The Graduate Seminars are held throughout the academic year, depending on the availability of guest researchers. More information.

Workshops

As well as elective courses, the program offers workshops – intensive fifteen-hour courses taught by well-known professors from Brazilian and international institutions. More information.

Supervised Research Seminar

Sessions in which students and their academic advisor discuss the development of the research project and other subjects related to students academic activities.