Gyula, VastagThe name of SzEEDSM is an acronym that, in English, may also mean source of something new; in this case, source of new [management] knowledge. The first part of this acronym is coming from the widely used Hungarian abbreviation of Széchenyi University: SzE (“E”, in Hungarian, stands for “Egyetem” or university). By adding Doctoral School (DS), it will become SZEDS that – with an addition of “E” may sound like “seeds”, our chosen abbreviation. The Doctoral School is the place where the seeds of knowledge are sown and, after some “manufacturing lead time”, new management (“M”) scholars and practitioners will be reaped.

SzEEDSM is unique in three ways. First and quite surprisingly, as of 2016 fall it is the first English language PhD program in Management in Hungary. Second, the program, in addition to academic rigor, emphasizes practical relevance both by welcoming practitioners to join the program and by inserting a semester of business immersion (a semester to be spent outside of academia, working for a company) into the curriculum. Third, in addition to the traditional management approaches, it also offers a transdisciplinary specialization that emphasizes the importance of using multiple theoretical lenses (e.g., economics, complex systems theory, cultural anthropology) in developing an analysis of the issue at hand. For further information please examine our detailed Curriculum.

In the first two years of the program (before the Comprehensive Exam), PhD candidates, typically Friday afternoons and Saturdays, have to take a total of 20 four-credit courses (five courses/semester): 12 core courses (Research Methods, Finance, Leadership, Operations Control, Data Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Complex Systems, Organizational Behavior, Knowledge Management, Strategy + two research seminars) and eight specialization courses. After the Comprehensive Exam, the emphasis will be shifted from acquiring the necessary theoretical foundation and research skills to pursuing individual research agendas and, working with chosen supervisors, to publish. The program offers generous conference and research support and an unrivalled opportunity in CEE to get guidance from top scholars of business administration.

SzEEDSM offers generous student support: scholarships, support for conferences and research projects outside of Hungary, copy editing service for papers and theses. Those Hungarian citizens, who are interested in pursuing an academic career may also be considered for state scholarships.

The ultimate goal of SzEEDSM is to enable PhD candidates to become leaders of change in their communities both in academia and in practice by offering them, with the active participation of noted international scholars, a program that is up-to global standards.


Gyula Vastag
Professor and Program Director

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