Research work forms an important component of each Master and Doctoral degree at SMC University. That means our students graduate being able to consider research within the academic and scholarly arena and are able to apply it to the domain of operating business, a key skill-set to operate effectively in today’s complex world.

Master Program Requirement

At the Master level students are expected to carry out research in an end-of-study project that shows they have mastered the program material and are able to apply it to a business situation in a clear, concise and effective manner as they would be expected to do within a business setting.

Doctoral Program Requirement

At the Doctorate level students are expected to carry out scholarly research of an area or domain by contributing originality to the existing knowledge base and making a substantive contributing to the overall scholarship of their chosen field of study. Examples of some of the completed or presently underway Doctoral Dissertations are shown below:

Doctoral Student: Beardsell, Julie

Outsourcing Innovation As Enabler For Competitive Advantage In The Financial Services Sector

Status: Successfully Defended

Outsourcing was originally confined to peripheral business functions and mainly motivated by a cost saving logic, but has now developed into a routine strategic management move that affects not only peripheral functions but drives to the heart of the competitive core of organizations. This dissertation explores the innovation-focused paradigm for strategic outsourcing, identifying the behavior of firms that are successful in developing the core competencies required in providing innovation, whilst exploring the impact that culture plays as an inevitable influencing factor in the global ICT services landscape.

Doctoral Student: Becker, Carsten

Marketing Medical Devices in Europe – A Comprehensive Overview and Guide

Status: Successfully Defended

This guide gives an excellent overview and a unique summary of various business aspects of the medical device market in Europe. It is a very important guide for all those people, who want to market medical devices in Europe.

Doctoral Student: Henderson, Jeffrey

Corporate Citizenship In Canada: A Survey of Corporate Canada

Status: Successfully Defended

The purpose of the study is to examine in a rigorous fashion the nature of corporate citizenship as it exist within the Top 500 companies in Canada as measured by market capitalization, approximately $1.5 trillion US. As such, their existing programs and procedures along with their future intentions will shed light on the state of affairs and attitudes towards Corporate Citizenship within the professional community as it now exists in Canada.

Doctoral Student: Wong, Kit Chee

The Growth of Singapore SMEs and Its Inspiration by Financial Equites & Incentives

Status: Successfully Defended

This research is intended to find out the correlation between local business performance and the number of major dependent variables such as performance, punctuality and absenteeism etc. It studies how an organization’s performance is correlated to various incentives.

Doctoral Student: Hilentzaris, Sofia

Do gender differences impact the university academic and support services, and campus life experiences of students?

Status: Successfully Defended

This researcher examined how gender differences impact the university academic and support services, and campus life experiences of students. To examine the role of gender in experience satisfaction levels the Student Experience Satisfaction Survey (SESS) instrument was developed which contained 12 questions/hypotheses that measured the experience satisfaction levels of students based on the theoretical model that the researcher proposed. The findings are in line with the theoretical model of leadership (Synchronous University Model) about Excellence in Academic Student Experience, Excellence in Services Student Experience, and Excellence in Campus Life Student Experience for universities to achieve gender-neutral provisions to students.