PhD PROGRAMS - Message from Program Director

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Message from Program Director

Welcome to the Ph.D. program website! I am delighted to know that you are interested in our Ph.D. program/students. Despite its short history (HKUST Business School being established in 1991; our first batch of doctoral student graduating in 1997), HKUST Business School's Ph.D. program has distinguished itself from many others by emphasizing creation of new knowledge through research (cf. We are committed to developing scholars who will become future leaders in their fields of research. As a doctoral student at HKUST Business School, you have the opportunity to interact with top scholars in the field and to equip yourselves with up-to-date and in-depth knowledge in your chosen field, rigorous research methodology, critical thinking skills, and communication skills that enables you to present research results with clarity and vigor, attributes that have a long lasting impact on your future career development and success as a scholar. You also have the opportunity to develop such skills in a rigorous but supportive research environment.

Please read through this website to learn more about our programs as well as our doctoral students/graduates. If you are interested in joining our Ph.D. program, you can be part of the vibrant and exciting story of HKUST Business School's remarkable achievement. I look forward to meeting you on our campus in the near future.

If you have any feedback that you would like to share with me regarding the information included in this website, please send me an e-mail at

Best wishes,

Riki Takeuchi
Director, PhD/MPhil Programs 
Full Professor of Management
Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal