PhD Program


The doctoral program offered by the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) aims to develop scholars in supply chain management, who are committed to advancing the knowledge of supply chain management to tackle the challenges faced by supply chains in the 21st century. Given the continuing shift of economic power from the West to Asia, the program seeks to tackle challenges peculiar to the region and have global implications. In the course of their studies, students will acquire broad knowledge of the field of supply chain management, deep understanding of a traditional domain, and proficiency in one or more research methods. By the time of dissertation defense, the student will have conducted original scholarship on supply chain management, advancing theory, and informing policy or practice. Students are expected to complete the program in five years.

The research done by students in the doctoral program can be categorized into four broad areas: energy and sustainability, extended enterprises, health care delivery, and critical infrastructures, all with implications for the study, design, and management of supply chains. Students use approaches that examine the interface of humans and technology or that measure, model, and mitigate the effects of uncertainty in supply chains.

MISI doctoral program is based on the common foundation of a set of scholarly domains. However, to accommodate the diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives, the program is highly individualized. PhD students and their committees construct programs that “go deep” in the domains and methodologies required by the research. Alongside domain and methodology courses, all students are required to take the Doctoral Seminar in Supply Chain Management, as well as introductory courses about modeling of social systems (“Models, Data and Inference for Socio-Technical Systems”), social science concepts (“Social Science Concepts and Methods”), and research methods (qualitative and quantitative).

Admission to the MISI PhD program is based upon outstanding academic performance in engineering, physical or social sciences; GRE score; demonstrated fluency in English; deep interest in supply chain as a field of study; and strong letters of recommendation. Admissions decisions are made once a year.