Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Meet Mark DesJardine, PhD candidate in Business

“I truly believe that every business can produce profits, without degrading our daily lives, harming people, or harming the environment.”

Supervisor: Dr. Tima Bansal

Where is “home” for you?
Peterborough, Ontario.

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I came to Western for two reasons: my advisor, Tima Bansal, and the reputation of Ivey.

Describe your research in 100 words or less.
I study the relationship between financial markets and corporate short-termism. My principal focus is on understanding how pressures from financial analysts and investors affect the temporal perceptions and strategic decisions of managers, specifically how the latter allocate capital and whether they make socially responsible investments. Preliminary evidence reveals that escalating pressures to perform in the short term are causing managers to think more about the immediate future and invest less in long-term projects. These findings illuminate the trade-offs between the short-term financial success and the long-term welfare of business and society.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
Having a good advisor; good administrative support (limited time bogged down in admin tasks); available teaching opportunities; funding for research; and having access to a large group of expert faculty who prioritize high-impact research.

What are you most passionate about?
Improving the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual lives of others by providing them with better lives (e.g., helping them meet their daily needs, friendship, support networks, minimizing environmental harm, etc.)

What is your “dream” career?
CEO of my own business.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Make sure you have a clear connection with a potential advisor (faculty member at Ivey).

Program Websites

Program Contact

PhD Program Office (phd@ivey.uwo.ca)
Admissions Coordinator

Ivey Business School

Western University
Ivey Building Rm 3367
London, Ontario N6G 0N1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 80244

Ivey’s PhD Program in Business Administration, Canada's longest established program, is an intensive research-based program designed to develop an individual's analytic, research and teaching ability and prepare PhD candidates for a career in university teaching and research.

The Ivey PhD Program seeks applicants with superior academic credentials and the motivation to excel at scholarly research in a chosen field. Our program is small and emphasizes close collaboration between the faculty and students. We favour applicants who can both articulate their scholarly interests and demonstrate a clear fit between their research interests and those of the faculty in their chosen area of specialization.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
  • A degree from an accredited university or college (with at least a “B+” average).
  • Proficiency in the use of English (TOEFL/IELTS).
*Please visit the Admissions website for more information.

Additional Requirements

  • Statement of Research and Professional Interests
  • Appraisal Forms
  • Official Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
*Please visit the Admissions website for more information.

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15: Applications open October 15.

Fields of Research

  • Business, Economics and Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance (not currently taking applications)
  • General Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Strategy
  • Sustainability