Program Information

DURATION:

About 5 Years

MODE:

Full Time

LANGUAGE:

English

Program Overview

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.

At least one semesters visiting MIT to take relevant courses and working with MIT CTL scholars community

Curriculum

The following requirements are for the general degree track:

  • Fundamental
  • Supporting
  • Depth in Methodology
  • Depth in domain/context
  • Elective
  • Dissertation
  • Doctoral Seminar
  • Models, Data and Inference for Socio-Technical Systems
  • Social Science Concepts and Methods Subject
  • Introduction to Mathematical Programming
  • Fundamentals of Probability
  • Econometrics
  • Design of Field Research Methods
  • Statistical Research Methods
Research Tracks

The MISI PhD program offers four alternative tracks for completing the doctoral research:

Students choosing to pursue the OM/OR track must satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following additional requirement:

The student must take core courses of the track, which include:

  • The Theory of Operations Management
  • Network Optimization
  • Queues: Theory and Applications
  • Advanced stochastic processes

The doctoral thesis of the student should be in a topic related to OM/OR. One member of the student’s doctoral thesis committee, who should be among faculty from the MISI faculty who specialize in OM/OR, will be responsible to approve whether the thesis topic connects to OM/OR.

 

The Theory of Operations ManagementFocus on theoretical work for studying operations planning and control problems. Topics include supply chain design and coordination, logistic and distribution systems, make-to-order systems, service operations, procurement, pricing, revenue management, the sales/production interface, inventory theory, flexible manufacturing systems.

Courses Description
Network Optimization Introduce the theory and practice of network flows and its extensions. Network flow problems form a subclass of linear programming problems with applications to transportation, logistics, manufacturing, computer science, project management, and finance, as well as a number of other domains.
Queues: Theory and Applications Modeling and analysis of queuing systems, with applications in manufacturing, call centers, service industries and transportation. Topics include birth- death processes and simple Markovian queues, networks of queues and product form networks, single and multi-server queues, multi-class queuing networks, fluid models, adversarial, queuing networks, heavy-traffic theory and diffusion approximations. Covers state of the art results, which lead to research opportunities.
Advanced Stochastic Processes Analysis and modeling of stochastic processes. Topics include measure theoretic probability, martingales, filtration, and stopping theorems; elements of large deviations theory; Brownian motion and reflected Brownian motion; stochastic integration and Ito calculus; functional limit theorems. Applications to finance theory, insurance, queuing and inventory models.

Students choosing to pursue the supply chain strategy track must also satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following additional requirements:

The student must take core courses of the track which includes:

  • Management Theories
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • The Foundations of Strategy
  • Doctoral Seminar in Supply Chain Strategy

Microeconomic TheoryCovers consumer and producer theory, markets and competition, and general equilibrium. Covers the tools of identification in price and general equilibrium theory, the fundamental welfare theorems, aggregation, and applications. Introduction to game theory. In addition the topics include normal form and extensive form games, and games with incomplete information.

Courses Description
Management Theories Covers classic and contemporary theories and research related to individuals, groups, and organizations. Designed primarily for doctoral students who wish to familiarize themselves with research by psychologists, sociologists, and management scholars in the area commonly known as micro organizational behavior. Topics may include motivation, decision making, negotiation, power, influence, group dynamics, and leadership.
The Foundations of Strategy To explore key concepts that has shaped the field of strategic management and strategy consulting over the past several decades. Topics include the role of randomness in strategic outcomes, the difference between strategic thinking versus planning, and enduring principles related to competitive advantage. Key themes include the role of platform strategies and services, capabilities, pull mechanisms, economies of scope, and flexibility, with examples from a variety of industries. Develops an understanding of what has made some firms successful in the past as well as what managers can do to compete in an uncertain future.
Doctoral Seminar in Supply Chain Strategy Provide a unifying framework for analyzing strategic issues in manufacturing and service supply chains. Students analyze the relationships between manufacturing and service companies and their suppliers, customers, and competitors. The course covers strategic decisions in technology, facilities, vertical integration, human resources, and other areas, and also explores means of competition such as cost, quality, and innovativeness.

Students choosing to pursue the public policy for supply chain track must satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following additional requirements:

The student must take core courses of the track which includes:

  • Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development
  • Doctoral Seminar in Public Policy in Logistics and Supply Chain
Courses Description
Science, Technology and Public Policy Analysis of issues at the intersection of science, technology, public policy, and business. Cases drawn from antitrust and intellectual property rights, health and environmental policy, strategic trade and industrial policy; and R&D funding. Structured around theories of political economy, modified to take account of integration of uncertain technical information into public and private decision-making.
Urban and Regional Economics Focuses on the theory of urban land and housing markets, and the spatial development of cities. Examines the roles played by transportation systems and local governments in shaping urban location patterns. Discusses interregional competition, economic development, and the migration of labor and capital.
Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development The Schumpeterian notion of technological innovation as “the engine of growth” is being challenged as an additional globalization of trade is increasingly seen as an additional driving force of industrial economies. The financial crisis of 2008 has created the perfect storm compromising sustainable development, which must be viewed broadly to include not only a healthy economic base, but also a sound environment, stable employment, adequate purchasing power, distributional equity, national self- reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity. The subject explores the many dimensions of sustainability and the use of national, multi- national, and international political and legal mechanisms to further sustainable development through transformation of the industrial state. Topics covered include economic health, sound environment, employment, income distribution, national self- reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity.
Doctoral Seminar in Public Policy in Logistics and Supply Chain A doctoral level seminar to critically review the articles and publications in public policy in logistics and supply chain. Including the subjects such as infrastructure development for logistics and supply chain in government, regulations to facilitate the supply chain flows in government level, short-term and long-term planning for logistics in the government etc.

Students choosing to pursue the decision science and IT track must satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following additional requirements:

The student must take core courses of the track which includes:

  • Individual, Groups and Organizations
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Technology-Based New Business Development
  • Building Entrepreneurial Advantage
  • Doctoral Seminar in Supply Chain Innovation and Technology
Courses Description
Management Theories Covers classic and contemporary theories and research related to individuals, groups, and organizations. Designed primarily for doctoral students who wish to familiarize themselves with research by psychologists, sociologists, and management scholars in the area commonly known as micro organizational behavior. Topics may include motivation, decision-making, negotiation, power, influence, group dynamics, and leadership.
Corporate Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Technology-Based New Business Development Examines strategic and organizational issues for existing firms in developing new technologies and new business areas, from the perspectives of both large corporations and emerging technology-based enterprises. Examines internal entrepreneurial ventures, alliances (especially between large and new companies), joint ventures, acquisitions, corporate venture capital investments, and licensing as alternative business development approaches. Covers aspects of corporate business development other than mergers and acquisitions.
Building Entrepreneurial Advantage Analyzes in depth the challenges in identifying, funding and managing innovation-based entrepreneurial ventures. Examines different developmental patterns adopted by start-ups, many of which involve linkages between new and established firms. Explores the ways that entrepreneurial ecosystems help to expand innovation and entrepreneurial capacity beyond traditional firm boundaries.
Doctoral Seminar in Supply Chain Innovation and Technology A doctoral level seminar to critically review the recent publications on innovation and technology and their implications for supply chain. Some of the topics includes: investigation of new innovation and technology related to money flow in supply chain like bitcoin, new techs such as Nano-tech and bio tech and their impact on supply chain physical flows, social network and internet of things and its implications on supply chain information and knowledge flow etc.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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.

The following are general requirements you should meet to apply to the MISI PhD Program. Complete instructions concerning application requirements are available in the online application.

  • Master degree or equivalent
  • A strong quantitative background

Applications must include the following:

  • Application Form
  • GRE Score
  • IELTS/TOEFL Score
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Complete academic transcripts
  • Completed Record of Courses Taken Section; and
  • The student’s statement of objectives.

As part of the online application process, students will be asked to upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts. Students do not have to submit an official copy of their transcripts at the time of applying to the MISI. Once offered admission to the MISI, you will be asked to submit an official copy of your transcripts for verification purposes. The transcripts should be sent directly to the address below within two weeks of the admission offer.

Admission Coordinator – Dr Javad Feisabadi jfeizabadi@misi.edu.my
MISI, PhD Program Director
No. 2A, Persiaran Tebar Layar, Seksyen U8,
Bukit Jelutong, 40150, Shah Alam, Malaysia

All applicants are required either to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • GRE: Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) Code : 0619
  • Scores must be from within the last five years
  • Only official test reports are accepted

If your scores are due to expire close to the admissions deadline, please have them forwarded to our program before they expire, even if you have not yet completed your application.

Registration information for the GRE may be obtained at www.ets.org respectively.

NOTE: Please do not contact the PhD Program regarding waivers, as none will be discussed until such time as the faculty expresses an interest in your application.

FAQ

The students should progress through the following stages at roughly the specified time:

  • First and second semester: doctoral committee formation and research topic selection
  • First through fifth semester: coursework
  • Second through seventh semester: research, including data collection, analysis, etc.
  • End of second semester: program form
  • End of third or fourth semester: general exams
  • Fourth or fifth semester: thesis proposal
  • Sixth semester: program form audit
  • Sixth through seventh semester: writing
  • Seventh through eighth semester: defence and job search

Students are expected to begin working on the thesis topics guided by his/her supervisor as early as they take the courses in first semester of the program. After successfully completing the course-work and passing the comprehensive exam, students are required to defend their research proposal in respective committee.

The research work should be inspired by some of the contemporary issues and challenges facing developing countries and at the same time it has to have the potential of knowledge generation. Scholars would have capability of being equipped with state-of-the art of knowledge in supply chain management area by going through education process at MIT and they must be able to apply those established principles and concepts in a different context and conduct original scholarly research.

The Ph.D. program in supply chain management is a full-time and course-based program. The students must spend at least four semesters in residence and the expected length of the program is five years. The students are required to be present on the campus throughout the program and at least one semester of course duration takes place at MIT.

MISI offers research and teaching assistantship to admitted PhD students. The amount would be sufficient to cover living expenses in Malaysia. There will be two rounds of upward adjustment on the financial aid amount:

– Covering student’s living expenses in Boston USA (MIT) for at most two semesters,

– Depending upon PhD candidate performance on years 3 and 4 there will be 15-20% upward adjustment.

For further inquiries on research and teaching assistantship you can reach out to PhD program director at jfeizabadi@misi.edu.my

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No. 2A, Persiaran Tebar Layar,
Seksyen U8, Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam,
40150 Selangor, Malaysia.

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