Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

Doctoral programme in Business Sciencies

 

Programme coordinator

 

PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Marín

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Presentation

The main objective of the Program is to train researchers and promote applied research in business areas, aiming at an appropriate development of academic and/or professional careers and a strong scientific impact on research groups. The Program provides new doctors with a wide variety of research lines for the development of their research proposals and of quality research with international impact.

 

Program Guidelines

Research teams and research lines

Research team nº 1. Marketing

Specific research line: Responses and behaviours towards commercial brands.

Brands generate on consumers different cognitive (awareness, image, and brand associations, love, hate) and behavioural responses (loyalty, word-of-mouth, willingness to pay higher prices). Based on these consumers’ reactions towards brands companies can build their competitive advantage to introduce new products or line extensions of their current products, enter into new markets and segments. This line of research is built on these theoretical fundamentals on branding to develop further knowledge about how to manage brands to better develop consumers-brand relationships as a source of competitive advantage. Issue such as brand love, brand anthropomorphism are new phenomena that companies are embracing to better compete in the market and are also suitable for researching.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Delgado Ballester, Mª Elena. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Inés López López. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Experiential brands from the consumer’s perspective.

Presently, companies seek to differentiate their brands not only with functional arguments but also with the consumer involvement in a series of experiences with brands (sensory, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural). Companies provide this way an added value to the offer. This line of research seeks to deepen into the way this type of experiences can be created and how these experiences favour and strengthen the brand-consumer relationship.

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Delgado Ballester, Mª Elena. Position: Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Sales management.

Organization of the commercial effort, selection of new salespeople, training, motivation, remuneration and sales force control. Application of new technologies to sales agents.

Teachers-researchers

PhD. Román Nicolás, Sergio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Personal sale.

Stages in the process of personal sales: prospecting, presentation, handling of objections, closing and after-sales service. Application of new technologies in personal sales.

PhD. Román Nicolás, Sergio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martín Castejón, Pedro Juan. Assistant Professor- University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Ethics and marketing.

Ethics in interactions between seller and buyer/consumer. How the buyer/consumer perceives and values ​​ethical aspects of sales, both in traditional and online channels.

Professors-Researchers:

PhD. Cuesta Díaz, Pedro J. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Román Nicolás, Sergio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Consumer-company identification.

Many companies have managed to generate strong links between their brands and consumers. Some of them have even turned their customers not only into loyal buyers but even into enthusiastic promoters or sellers. This state of strong relationships between business and consumer has led to the development of the research line on company-consumer identification. Although this aspect has been dealt with in the organizational field, there are hardly any works in the area of marketing and consumer behaviour. The line of research on consumer-company identification can be developed in the context of the background, the consequences, the moderating variables or the circumstances that favor or slow down the intensity of these relationships.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Marín Rives, Longinos. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Influence of corporate social responsibility on consumer behaviour.

The positive relationship between CSR and consumer support makes companies aware that, in the current market, CSR is not only an ideological imperative but also an economic one. However, in recent years it has been proved that positive effects are not always achieved and that CSR can turn against the company if consumers suspect that the real reason of CSR practices in a company is just to improve its image or to increase sales. That is our research line under development now: we research on the reasons for CSR success or failure; the question is analysed from the Theory of Attributions.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Marín Rives, Longinos. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Interorganizational marketing cooperation.

Analysis of the mechanisms that favour marketing cooperation between companies, both horizontal (for instance, agricultural cooperatives) and vertical (for instance, with distributors).

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Hernández Espallardo, Miguel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Value creation in marketing relationships.

Application of governance theories to the explanation of value generation processes in inter-organizational relationships.

Teachers-Researchers

PhD. Hernández Espallardo, Miguel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Research in distribution channels and retailers.

Explanation of results of the development of strategies and distribution decisions by manufacturers. Analysis of results of retailers’ decisions.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Hernández Espallardo, Miguel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Consumer behaviour and marketing communication.

This line relates, from the commercial point of view, a variable or "P" of the marketing mix with consumer behaviour. It studies the effect of any commercial communication activity (advertising, sales promotion, point-of-sale advertising, sponsorship, etc.) on the consumer behaviour, especially when purchasing products and brands. The medium, the message, the source or the context are variables that can determine the effectiveness of communication in terms of impact on consumers’ behaviour. It is a broad line but with many possibilities for research in terms of background and consequences of communication actions in consumers.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Palazón Vidal, Mª Dolores. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sicilia Piñero, María. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Inés López López. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Traditional word of mouth versus electronic word of mouth.

Literature on marketing has shown the importance of interpersonal influences on the individual’s behaviour. What other people think or recommend may affect both buying behaviour and post-purchase behaviour. The term more widely used to refer to this communication process is the acronym of the concept in English "word of mouth" (WOM). The literature on word of mouth is quite extensive. The new information technologies have only increased the importance of this interpersonal influence. Internet is changing the way consumers communicate, creating a common space for opinions and information exchange; this communication is called “electronic word of mouth”.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Sicilia Piñero, María. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Interactive marketing.

Research related to new information technologies has been mainly concerned with the advantages of interactive media over traditional ones, such as advertising in mass media. However, there are few studies that analyse how companies use new technologies to promote their brands development and their relationships with customers. This line of research includes the study of different interactive applications (virtual communities, forums, websites, blogs) and their relationship with products and brands.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Sicilia Piñero, María. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Firm’s price decisions.

In this research line, we analyse the influence of the company pricing strategy on consumers or customers. We also study the conditions under which pricing strategies are applied in order to achieve the objectives established when the strategy was defined.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Cuesta Díaz, Pedro J. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Consumer’s response to prices.

In this research line, we analyse the dual nature of the price, the informative dimension and the sacrifice dimension, and the influence that changes in the price have in the consumer. Related to the above, the dimensions of the value perceived by the consumer are also analysed.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Cuesta Díaz, Pedro J. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Consumer behaviour in social networks.

This research line addresses the consumer’s attitudes towards actions carried out by companies in social networks. Social networks have become a new communication tool for companies, since any communication strategy includes the company’s presence in them. Therefore, it is important to study and analyse how consumers interact with companies in social networks and to what extent social networks are useful to strengthen the brand-consumer relationship.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Palazón Vidal, Mª Dolores. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Analysis of reactions to sales promotions.

This research line deepens into consumer’s reactions and attitudes towards sales promotions carried out by manufacturers and distributors. Sales promotions are one of the most important communication tools for companies. The diversity of sales promotions makes it necessary to study what objectives can be achieved with them and how these actions are valued by consumers.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Delgado Ballester, Mª Elena. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Palazón Vidal, Mª Dolores. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Innovation and new products development

This line intends to deepen into the theories on innovation activities carried out by companies, since the company detects a business opportunity until the new product or service is managed in the company's catalog.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Munuera Alemán, José Luis. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Strategic marketing decisions.

The connections between the company’s strategic decisions and the way these decisions influence the company’s products and markets is the object of research in this line. They are complex, diffuse and not frequent decisions that require a large quantity of quality information in order to be successful.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Munuera Alemán, José Luis. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Product portfolio management.

Companies continuously renew their catalogs, either because obsolete products/services must be removed, either by changes in technology, the buyer or the competition. The synergies between the company’s products/markets will be studied in the framework of this research line.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Munuera Alemán, José Luis. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Research line: Family decisions on consumption.

Whether a decision is more influenced by the husband, by the wife or by both spouses equally constitutes a key piece of information for the effectiveness of marketing plans and actions addressed to families as consumption decision units. Spouses are the main group of individuals analysed in studies on family decisions, although with the increased participation of children in family decisions, children have also been incorporated into recent studies. The influence of cultural changes and the impact of new media represent interesting research paths in this area. What participation each member has, what negotiation strategies they use, how they share information, the frequency of contact / discussion among other variables, are essential aspects to understand these group decisions.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific research line: Emotions and consumer decisions.

There is a growing literature devoted to the analysis of the influence of emotions on consumer behaviours. Mostly these works have considered emotions as an intra-personal variable, that is, belonging to the individual. However, the most recent research trend is oriented to the analysis of the effects of social sharing of emotions. Through new forms of interactive communication (internet, mobile devices, etc.), consumers not only share information, but also emotions derived from the consumption of products. New research does not only address the impact of these emotions on other consumers, but also considers the consequences of sharing them and their effects on the behaviour of the individual who shares them, with results that can affect their behavior and attitudes towards the enterprise in a positive or negative way.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Ruiz de Maya, Salvador. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Inés López López. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Research team nº 2. Strategic management, innovation and human resources

Specific Research Line: Family Business Management.

The involvement of the family in the business confers a special idiosyncrasy to family firms, both in the configuration of unique resources and capabilities and in the particular decision making process and strategic orientation. This line of research analyses how the coincidence of interests between the ownership and the management of the business as well as its vocation for continuity provides family firms a certain number of strengths but, at the same time, involves some important weaknesses and risks in comparison with non-family firms.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Meroño Cerdán, Ángel Luis. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Monreal Pérez, Joaquín. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sabater Sánchez, Ramón. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sánchez Marín, Gregorio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Innovation Management.

Innovation is considered as one of the key aspects for companies’ competitiveness. The study of this line requires the analysis of the different concepts and classifications of innovation, as well as the identification of factors that facilitate its successful development.

Teachers and researchers

PhD. Jiménez Jiménez, Daniel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martínez Costa, Micaela. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Quality Management.

The importance of quality management as an essential element in the company’s results is an undeniable fact. Under this research line, the determining factors and results of models based on total quality management and awards for excellence are analysed.

 

Teachers and researchers

PhD. Jiménez Jiménez, Daniel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martínez Costa, Micaela. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Knowledge Management.

Knowledge is the most important resource in our organizations. Knowledge on how to acquire, assimilate and exploit it to achieve our aims is the main objective of this line. The capacity for organizational absorption and learning will have a determining role.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Jiménez Jiménez, Daniel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Human Resources Training.

Evaluation of the training provided by companies to its workers. Analysis of the effect of training on the employees effectiveness and on the organizational results.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Barba Aragón, Mª Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance.

Corporate governance involves a variety of monitoring and control mechanisms oriented to align the manager’s efforts with the owner’s interests of maximizing the company value. One of the most powerful mechanisms used to achieve this alignment is executive compensation. The purpose of this line is to analyse the relationships among the several corporate governance mechanisms (e.g., board of directors, ownership structure) and the compensation of executives as well as the effects of executive compensation design on firm performance and value creation.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Sánchez Marín, Gregorio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Training vs. Organizational Learning and Performance.

Staff training is a classic topic of human resources management. Its study, focused on different groups of employees (operators, qualified technicians, managers, etc.) continues to be a current research topic. Knowing, both from a quantitative and qualitative perspective, the link between organizational training and learning and its influence on the result is the purpose of this line.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Aragón Sánchez, Antonio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Entrepreneurship and Competitive Factors in SMEs.

Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation are some of the factors linked to the company’s competitiveness and success. This line aims at studying its value and uniqueness in small and medium-sized companies. This will be approached from different theoretical frameworks (contingency, resources and capacities or institutional perspective), in a context of globalization, maximum competition, rapid changes, new technologies and diversity.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Aragón Sánchez, Antonio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Internationalization management.

The internationalization of the company consist on a process of accumulation and increase of knowledge oriented to -and resources devoted- to the development of foreign markets. In this line, the relationships between the internationalization business stages (export, multinational, global and transnational) and the modes of entry to the foreign market (export, contractual and direct investment) are analysed, always considering the influence in these relationships of some other internal/organizational factors or external/institutional factors.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Aragón Sánchez, Antonio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Monreal Pérez, Joaquín. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sánchez Marín, Gregorio. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Operations Management.

The Operations Department manages all aspects related to the company main activity, that is, the production of goods and services for the market. The study of this line includes analysing the factors that can determine its success by improving its efficiency.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martínez Costa, Micaela. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Role of the International Employee in Knowledge Transfer.

This line focuses on the process of knowledge transfer in international companies. It mainly studies the role expatriate/repatriate workers play in this process and the absorption capacity by the central company or its branches, as well as the way to improve this process through human resources management.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Barba Aragón, Mª Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sanz Valle, Raquel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Relationship between Culture, Innovation and Organizational Learning.

In this line, we study the process through which organizational knowledge is generated; we research too in organizational learning, the effect it has on innovation in the company and how the organizational culture influences this learning process.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Sanz Valle, Raquel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Strategic Human Resources Management.

This research line focuses mainly on the relationship between the practices of human resource management and the company’s strategies, and on the effect of this alignment on the results.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Sanz Valle, Raquel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Adoption and Use of Information Technologies.

Information technologies are transforming businesses, organizations and society in general. Thus, it can be said that today's companies are increasingly digital. Despite this, the implementation of these technologies does not in many cases improve competitiveness and business results at the individual level. This line of research addresses the analysis of the adoption of information technologies in organizations as well as the study of the uses and characteristics of information technologies that guarantee the improvement of business performance in the form of better results and/or new products / services and/or business models.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. López Nicolás, Carolina. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Meroño Cerdán, Ángel Luis. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Soto Acosta, Pedro. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: The Human Factor in the Development of Software and ICT.

Technology has become a leading agent in the Knowledge Society due to its importance in organizational contexts and for the functioning of society in general. This line tries to find out to what extent human factors play a crucial role in the implementation of information technologies in companies and in the Administration, as well as the study of the contribution and management of the human factor to high added value processes such as software development.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Soto Acosta, Pedro. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Innovation and Knowledge Management.

This line of research focuses on analyzing several aspects of strategic knowledge management, such as different organizational knowledge management strategies; human, organizational and technological factors of knowledge management; effects of strategic knowledge management on innovation and business results; technological and organizational innovation in companies; relationship between knowledge management and innovation.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. López Nicolás, Carolina. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Meroño Cerdán, Ángel Luis. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Soto Acosta, Pedro. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Innovation and New Technologies.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. López Nicolás, Carolina. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Strategic Management and Internationalization.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Sabater Sánchez, Ramón. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Research team No. 3. Finance, financial information and assets management

Specific Research Line: Risk Management.

Risk management consists of identifying the sources of risk, measuring the risks and planning how to approach them. This line includes research works that focus on the management of exposure to the main financial risks, credit and market risks, liquidity, inflation, etc., aiming at creating value. In order to deal with exposure to financial risks, we analyse in depth when and how to cover those risks by using financial instruments.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Baixauli Soler, Juan Samuel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Computational Finance.

The fast evolution and increasing complexity of financial products as well as the financial management techniques required to measure and deal with risk involve the use of innovative computational techniques. The use of numerical methods is basic to carry out an analysis of financial instruments in order to value them. Selection of portfolios, valuation of derivatives and new risk measures require computational techniques to be addressed.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Baixauli Soler, Juan Samuel. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Gender, Corporate Governance and Financial Decisions.

In this line, the effect of gender diversity in senior management positions and its impact on investment and financing decisions is studied. Specifically, we analyse if the presence of women in governing bodies improves the effectiveness of organizations.

 

Teachers and Researchers:

PhD. Martín Ugedo, Juan Francisco. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Mínguez Vera, Antonio. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Corporate Governance in Cooperatives.

In this line, cooperatives’ governance is analysed from the point of view of the theories of the Agency and Property Rights. The peculiarity of these organizations, where partners act as principals and agents in agency relationships, and the vagueness of the definition of property rights make the study of their governance particularly interesting.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martín Ugedo, Juan Francisco. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Mínguez Vera, Antonio. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Earning Manipulation and Debt Provision in Banking.

The objective of this research project is to analyse the interaction between the features of accounting information, reports of rating agencies, quality of prudential supervision by national regulatory bodies, and corporate governance of banks when fixing the credit policies of financial institutions before and, especially, after the crisis outbreak. We mainly aim at testing whether the conservatism of European banks before the crisis contributed to mitigate the drop in the granting of loans observed since 2007.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martínez Conesa, Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Credit Risk and Conservatism in Banking.

The objective of this research project is to analyse the interaction between the features of accounting information, the reports of rating agencies, the quality of prudential supervision by national regulatory bodies, and the corporate governance of the banks when fixing the credit policies of financial institutions before and, especially, after the outbreak of the crisis. We mainly aim at testing whether the conservatism of European banks before the crisis contributed to mitigate the drop in the granting of loans observed since 2007.

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martínez Conesa, Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Public Sector Accounting and Municipal Finance.

Consolidation of public entities’ financial statements. Relationship between public accounting and national account systems. External factors conditioning the provision of public services. Effects of the social and economic environment on the analysis of public entities’ budgetary balance. Transparency in public management. Determination of the different organizational structures used by municipalities to provide public services to citizens. Impact of the different forms of public services provision on the budgetary balance of public entities.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Bastida Albaladejo, Francisco José. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Benito López, Bernardino. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Mª Dolores Guillamón López. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Analysis of Accounting Information of Public Administrations.

Budgetary policies. Solvency. Indebtedness. Political budget cycles.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Bastida Albaladejo, Francisco José. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Benito López, Bernardino. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Mª Dolores Guillamón López. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Efficiency Analysis in the Public Sector.

Study of efficiency in the provision of public services. Public-private partnership.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Bastida Albaladejo, Francisco José. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Benito López, Bernardino. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Moreno Enguix, María del Rocío. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Mª Dolores Guillamón López. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Corporate Finance.

This line of research focuses on the study of financial decisions and the creation of value in the company.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. García Teruel, Pedro Juan. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martínez Solano, Pedro. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Baños Caballero, Sonia. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Short Term Financial Management.

This line of research analyses short-term financial decisions in the company. Specifically, we study the management of current assets and liabilities, their determinants and their effects on the company value.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. García Teruel, Pedro Juan. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martínez Solano, Pedro. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Baños Caballero, Sonia. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Small Business Finance.

Small and medium-sized companies are characterized by information opacity, which hinders their access to external financing. Therefore, this line of research focuses on the study of financial decisions in this type of company.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. García Teruel, Pedro Juan. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martínez Solano, Pedro. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Baños Caballero, Sonia. Assistant Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Financial Reporting Quality.

We research on the determinants and consequences of the information revealed by the company in accounting and financing decisions. In particular, we research on financial reporting quality, earnings management and voluntary and mandatory disclosure.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Bernal Llorens, Mercedes Fuensanta. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sánchez Ballesta, Juan Pedro. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Corporate Governance.

We research on the determinants and consequences of corporate governance in accounting and financing decisions, in particular, in relation to financial reporting quality, earnings management, and disclosure.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Bernal Llorens, Mercedes Fuensanta. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Sánchez Ballesta, Juan Pedro. Full Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance.

This line of research focuses on the study of financial decisions in the process of creating value, as well as the governance of the company as a mechanism for resolving agency disputes between managers, shareholders and creditors.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Baixauli Soler, Juan Samuel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martín Ugedo, Juan Francisco. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Mínguez Vera, Antonio. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Martínez Solano, Pedro. Full Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. García Teruel, Pedro Juan. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Informative Content of Interest Rates.

Analysis of the connection between fixed income financial markets and the real economy. Explanatory capacity of interest rate differentials and their volatility on economic growth and indicators of investor confidence.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martínez Serna, María Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Risk Analysis in the Bond Markets.

 Volatility of interest rates, derivatives on interest rates.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martínez Serna, María Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Business Finance and Financial Markets.

This research line focuses on the study of the effect of financial decisions on the valuation of securities issued by companies and negotiated in financial markets.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Martínez Serna, María Isabel. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

PhD. Yagüe Guirao, José. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Microstructure.

This research line deals with the study of how the rules governing the operation of financial markets, their organization and the different agents’ behaviour influence the process and results of the negotiation of assets.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Yagüe Guirao, José. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Specific Research Line: Financial Decisions and Market Behaviour.

This research line deals with the study of how the announcement of decisions made within the company affects the market behaviour, using the main variables and measures proposed in the microstructure of concepts such as information liquidity and asymmetry.

 

Teachers and researchers:

PhD. Yagüe Guirao, José. Associate Professor. University of Murcia

 

Training Actions

Of all proposed activities, students must complete at least 60 training hours.

 

ACTIVITIRES ORGANISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF DOCTORAL STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA.

- INTRODUCTORY COURSE: GENERAL FRAMEWORK OF DOCTORAL STUDIES (4 H.)

- ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. CODES OF GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRACTICES

Type: Optional

- SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION: WRITING AND PUBLICATION OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES. PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESULTS

Type: Optional

- LANGUAGES FOR SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION: ENGLISH APPLIED TO SOCIAL AND LEGAL SCIENCES

Type: Optional

- EVALUATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Type: Optional

- DATA ANALYSIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES (BUSINESS, LABOUR RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATION ORIENTATION)

Type: Compulsory

- RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (BUSINESS, LABOUR RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATION ORIENTATION)

Type: Compulsory

- THE UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA DOCTORAL SEASONS (CAMPUS MARE NOSTRUM)

Type: Compulsory
 

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OF THE PROGRAM
 

- RESEARCH SEMINAR (I)

Type: Optional

- THE RESEARCH PLAN. GUIDE FOR ELABOURATION

Type: Optional

- RESEARCH SEMINAR (II)

Type: Optional

- MOBILITY ACTIVITY

Type: Optional

 

Complementary training

For students who request admission to the program with a professional profile, as described in the profile section of the Doctoral Program in Business Sciences, the following training complements are expected to guarantee the acquisition of the general and specific competences as described in the report.

 

These training complements will consist of additional credits included in the Master's Degree in Business Sciences (see http://www.um.es/web/economiayempresa/contenido/estudios/masteres), given its training, specialized and introductory character to research:

  • Research methodology in Business Sciences (6 credits).
  • Data analysis for research in Business Sciences (6 credits).
  • An optional subject among the ones offered in the area of ​​knowledge in which the student wishes to develop the doctorate (6 credits).

 

Access profile and admission requirements.

Access requirements

According to the national regulation and to the internal rules at the University of Murcia (Rector Resolution 42/2012, of 6 February and Decree 99/2011) access to doctoral programs is subject to the following requirements:

1. For a candidate to access any doctoral program at the University of Murcia, it is necessary that he/she is in the possession of an official Bacherlor’s degree or equivalent and Master’s degree.

2. In addition, students who are in any of the following cases may also access:

a. Have an official Spanish university degree, or of another country belonging to the European Higher Education Area, giving access to a Master’s program and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits of official university studies, of which, at least 60, must be at Master's level.

b. Have an official Spanish Graduate Diploma, whose duration, according to the rules of the EU law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must compulsorily complete the training supplements referred to in article 7.2 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, unless the syllabus of the corresponding degree includes credits in research training that are equivalent in training value to research credits in master's programs.

c. University graduates who, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding test to access specialized health training, have successfully passed at least two years of training in a program to obtain the official title of one of the specialties in Health Sciences.

d. Have a diploma obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems –no need to have it officially recognised, after the General Doctorate Committee has verified that this certificate accredits a training level equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master's degree and giving access to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. This admission does not imply, in any case, nor the official recognition of student’s previous degrees nor its recognition for purposes others than accessing doctoral education.

C. To be in the possession of another Spanish title of doctor obtained according to previous university regulations.

Access profile

We identify two clearly access profiles:

A. Recommended access profile:

    The student is a Bachelor or Graduate.

    The student has a university Master’s degree oriented to the acquisition of specific competences related to academic research (e.g., Research Methodology, Data Analysis).

Students demanding admission to our doctoral program with this profile are not required to complete training complements.

 

B. Professional profile:

    The student is a Bachelor or Graduate.

    The student has a professional Master's Degree (i.e., MBA, Master’s in Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, etc.) aimed at acquiring specific skills related to the field of business management.

For students demanding admission to the programme with a professional profile, compulsory training complements will be considered.

Generally speaking, it is recommended that the student’s previous university studies, master's and/or professional experience have provided the student with:

  • Knowledge on general management and business organization, strategic management, human resources management, marketing, finance/accounting, quality management, knowledge on statistics and econometrics.
  • A set of generic skills and abilities for research such as analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing and integrating knowledge.

Students must prove to have mastery of the languages ​​that will be used in the doctoral training process (Spanish and English). The required level is at least equivalent to that acquired in high school.

 

Number of places offered: 25

Applicants must prove to have a B1 level of English.

 

Admission criteria

The selection of students who meet the access requirements will be carried out by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program, taking into account the criteria established in art. 8 of the Doctoral Regulations of the University of Murcia (R-42/2012) and the ones established in the verification report. Specifically, the evaluation of each application will be carried out according to the following criteria and percentages and each of them ranging from 0 to 5 points:

  • Academic record (50%).
  • Accredited knowledge of English (spoken and written) (20%).
  • Interest in the Doctoral Programme. All applications will be required to include a short letter attached (800 words maximum) stating the student’s reasons and interests leading him/her to follow these studies (30%).

In case of a tie in the applicants’ assessment, and in order to guarantee the maximum profit of these studies, the Academic Committee will take into account particularly relevant or significant merits in relation to the doctoral program:

  • Training and experience in research methodology and data analysis.
  • Participation in conferences and research activities in areas related to the program.

In case of a tie or in case further clarification on the merits is needed, the Academic Commission could convene applicants, if deemed appropriate, for a personal interview in order to reach a final resolution.

Access equality and integration in all aspects will be guaranteed to students with special educational needs derived from physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. Through the Support Unit for Students with Disabilities and /or Special Needs, whenever it applies and previous accreditation of the situation of need, the University of Murcia will promote adaptations and availability of the appropriate resources for each situation.

All the relevant information on the admission process and the selection criteria will be included in the official website of the doctoral program (http://www.um.es/web/economiayempresa/contenido/estudios/doctorados/empresa) as soon as it is verified.

According to art. 5 of the Doctorate Regulations of the University of Murcia (R-42/2012), part-time doctoral studies may be carried out, with respect to the provisions held in the Regulation of Progress and Permanence (R-429/2011) of October 23.

In any case, and even when the circumstances described in the Resolution for the completion of part-time studies occur, prior authorization from the Academic commission is required. The requirements and admission procedures are the same as those described above.

The resolution of the admission process will be issued in accordance with established rules and evaluation criteria. It will be carried out with respect to the criteria of merit, equality and capacity. In any case, admission and selection will be restricted to the entry numbers set for the Doctoral Program.

Regulations and oral defense of doctoral theses (Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts, Literature, Theology, Translation and Interpretation and General and English Linguistics)

 

All Regulations governing the official teaching of Doctoral Programs (approved by the Governing Board on the 27 January 2012 and amended by the Governing Board on the 26 July 2013) can be found in Spanish on: http://www.um.es/web/vic-estudios/contenido/doctorados/tesis

 

Academic Committee

 

Coordinator:

 

  • PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Marín

 

Full Members:

 

  • PhD. Salvador Ruiz de Maya
  • PhD. Pedro Juan García Teruel
  • PhD. Francisco José Bastida Albaladejo
  • PhD. Pedro Soto Acosta
  • PhD. Pedro Martínez Solano
  • PhD. María Elena Delgado Ballester

 

Substitute Members:

  • PhD. Juan Pedro Sánchez Ballesta
  • PhD. Antonio Aragón Sánchez

 

 

Representative of the International Doctoral School of the University of Murcia:

 

  • PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Gómez