International School of Management's PhD Program Opens Doors To New Career

PARIS, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - ISM, a US Accredited University in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, has a proven track record of turning seasoned business professionals into exceptional researchers and teachers. ISM's PhD program is designed to challenge top-level executives and entrepreneurs due to a rigorous program designed by ISM's forward thinking Curriculum Management and Strategic Management committees.

For PhD candidates, a desire to learn while using original research derived from years of professional experience, and the ability to teach and lead, are essential characteristics. It is therefore not surprising that the challenges of the PhD program are met with determination, ingenuity and success. Furthermore, with an ethic of collaboration and scholarship in mind, PhD candidates receive the full support of ISM's highly qualified faculty.

Dr. Dawn Bowden, a recent ISM PhD graduate, confides that her professors "provide(d) a teaching philosophy that ... PhD students can subsequently emulate as they embark on a career in academia." It is due to this very philosophy that Dr. Bowden recently accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Wisconsin, one of her original goals upon entering the PhD program at the International School of Management.

Fellow candidates are a source of collaboration and engaged debate. With a cohort of some of business' most savvy practitioners, candidates learn almost as much from their peers as from their professors. Prof. Frank Desimone, thoroughly satisfied with the PhD program states, " fellow classmates were very impressive and motivated. Participating in courses in New York and Paris with them has certainly broadened my educational perspective and solidified my decision to move to a career in academia."

ISM's PhD candidates and graduates take on a higher level of responsibility when using their expertise to guide their students towards new discoveries. Seth Feldman, JD and ISM PhD candidate, who recently became a thesis advisor, helps his student using a knowledge he acquired at ISM. Seth attests that, "Not only was I able to provide my advisee with a solid tool for gathering and evaluating research, I could help her apply her work in a way that is useful to her community." That type of knowledge transfer is critical to the work of a PhD.

Beyond the realm of teaching, the PhD experience itself helps candidates and alumni forge new networks of support in business and life. The intensive seminar format, ubiquitous throughout all four of ISM's international locations, requires candidates to work together on challenging real world issues. PhD candidate Ana Baldeon relates that, "(when) I took the 2-week seminar in NY I was flabbergasted! I met incredible people from all over the world...Even though it only lasted two weeks, we all bonded and became great friends. "As Ana further points out, these relationships tend to endure. "We did a lot of group work together, but still had time to socialize and get to know each other as people. We truly embraced and enjoyed our diversity. As a result, I now have several great friends/colleagues in different parts of the world!"

Becoming a professor after a successful professional career, and attempting to bridge the gap between a results-oriented career and theory-driven academia can be daunting. However, the International School of Management's PhD candidates find the support they need from a dedicated staff and inspiration from likeminded individuals who have embarked on a journey that is as rewarding as it is challenging.


For further information: For further information: on the International School of Management please contact Mr. Matthew Werner, Executive Director at: or visit the website at:, Tel: +33-(0)1-45-51-09-09

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