Below please find the 2017-2018 program requirements for a DBA in Technology & Operations Management. Students in TOM generally complete the program in four to five years.

Prerequisite Coursework

 

Introduction to Probability and Statistics: All doctoral students enrolled in the TOM DBA program are required to have completed one undergraduate or graduate course in introductory probability and statistics. If this requirement has not been fulfilled prior to matriculation, then an equivalent course will be required in the first term of the student's doctoral program.

Doctoral Coursework

A minimum of 13 semester courses at doctoral level, plus unit seminars are required. Each semester students will consult with the Technology and Operations Management DBA faculty coordinator and/or advisor to receive approval of their course selections. Pre-approval by the TOM DBA faculty coordinator is required if a student wishes to fulfill these requirements with alternative courses.

Foundational Courses (2 courses)
  • Innovation Track requirements: A comprehensive two semester sequence on economic theory:
    • -Microeconomic Theory I
    • -Microeconomic Theory II
  • Operations Track requirements (Modeling Emphasis and Empirical Emphasis): One semester course on economic theory and one operations management theory:
    • -Theory of Operations Management
    • -Microeconomic Theory II
Research Methods Courses (4 courses)
  • Innovation Track requirements:
    • -Introductory Applied Econometrics
    • -Intermediate Applied Econometrics
    • -Applied Econometrics for Research in Management
    • -One Empirical Methods Elective
  • Operations Track requirements (Modeling Emphasis):
    • -Introductory Applied Econometrics
    • -Introductory Applied Probability
    • -Two Modeling Electives
  • Operations Track requirements (Empirical Emphasis):
    • Introductory Applied Probability
    • -Introductory Applied Econometrics
    • -Intermediate Applied Econometrics
    • -Applied Econometrics for Research in Management
Additional Courses (7 courses)
  • Innovation Track requirements:
    • -Empirical Studies of Innovation and Digitization
    • -Macro Topics in Organizational Behavior
    • -Empirical Technology and Operations Management
    • -Two doctoral elective courses
    • -Two breadth courses
  • Operations Track requirements (Modeling Emphasis):
    • -Advanced Optimization
    • -Stochastic Modeling
    • -Empirical Technology and Operations Management
    • -Two doctoral elective courses
    • -Two breadth courses
  • Operations Track requirements (Empirical Emphasis):
    • -Introduction to Optimization
    • -Stochastic Modeling
    • -Empirical Technology and Operations Management
    • -Theory of Operations Management
    • -One doctoral elective course
    • -Two breadth courses
MBA Courses (2 courses)

All students without an MBA degree are required to complete two case-based HBS MBA courses.

Research Seminars

Students are required to attend and participate in seminars throughout their program.

TOM Unit Seminars. TOM students are expected to attend this weekly seminar to gain exposure to cutting-edge research conducted by faculty at other business schools and by TOM faculty, and to observe faculty recruiting seminars (job talks).

DBA Seminar for Technology and Operations Management (HBS 4840). TOM students are required, starting in their third year, to enroll and actively participate in this weekly seminar each semester it is offered. Students present work in progress and receive feedback from their colleagues and a faculty member. This seminar also develops presentation skills, critical thinking, and enduring relationships among students across all stages of the TOM DBA program. First and second year TOM students are encouraged to enroll.

Operations Management Reading Group (HBS 4842). Operations-track TOM students are required to enroll and actively participate in this weekly seminar at least once during their first or second year. This seminar exposes students to leading research on operations management. Many students participate in this seminar in several years.

Good Academic Standing

To remain in good academic standing, DBA students are expected to maintain a B+ grade point average and complete each doctoral milestone by the date provided.

Teaching

Students are required to complete a teaching engagement of one full academic term that includes at least 8 hours, or 3 class sessions, of front-of-class teaching experience and at least 16 hours of teaching preparation time.

Second Year Paper

Students are required to complete and present a publishable-quality paper by the end of their second year. Students are responsible for organizing a committee in consultation with their primary advisor, who will approve the paper. To be approved, the paper must show the student's capability to produce publishable-quality research.

Special Field Exam

At the end of the second year, all students are required to pass the Special Field Exam, administered by their Special Field Exam Committee. For Operations Management-track students, the field exam will focus on empirical and modeling methods. For Innovation-track students, the field exam will focus on empirical methods and classical and special-field literatures.  

Dissertation Proposal

By the end of their third year, all students are required to obtain approval of their dissertation proposal by their Dissertation Proposal Committee.

Dissertation Committee Meeting

All students are required to hold a meeting with their Dissertation Committee by May of their 4th year to discuss a clear path for the student to successfully defend their dissertation and provide feedback and advice on the job market process.

Dissertation

Students are required to write a dissertation, which typically takes the form of three publishable papers, to the satisfaction of their Dissertation Committee. The dissertation defense is oral and open to the public. Students are expected to defend their dissertation no later than April of their 5th year.

Sample Course Schedule

Operations Track

TERM 1

TERM 3

Microeconomics I

Intermediate Applied Econometrics

Introductory Applied Econometrics

Additional Research Methods Course

Basic Applied Probability 

Research Methods Elective

TOM Unit Seminar

Operations Management Reading Group Seminar

TOM Unit Seminar

TERM 2 

TERM 4

Introductory Applied Probability

Research Methods Elective

Advanced Optimization

Empirical Technology and Operations Management

Stochastic Modeling

Theory of Operations Management

DBA TOM Seminar

DBA TOM Seminar

TOM Unit Seminar

TOM Unit Seminar

Summer YR 1

Plan: Field Research Requirement

Plan: Second Year Paper

Summer YR 2

Second Year Paper due

Special Field Exam 

Teaching Requirement and MBA Requirement(TERM 5 or 6)

Innovation Track

TERM 1

TERM 3

Microeconomics I

Macro Topics in OB

Introductory Applied Econometrics

Research Methods elective

Basic Applied Probability 

TOM Unit Seminar

TOM Unit Seminar

NBER Productivity Seminar


TERM 2

TERM 4

Microeconomics II

Innovation and Organizations

Empirical Technology and Operations Management

Elective Doctoral Course

Intermediate Applied Econometrics 


DBA TOM Seminar

DBA TOM Seminar

TOM Unit Seminar

TOM Unit Seminar

NBER Productivity Seminar

NBER Productivity Seminar

Summer YR 1

Plan: Field Research Requirement

Plan: Second Year Paper

Summer YR 2

Second Year Paper due

Special Field Exam 

Teaching Requirement and MBA Requirement (TERM 5 or 6)