The strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations program at Haslam should be described as a family of scholars. Students are provided with a progressive yet developmental environment conducive for learning and academic growth. The program is ripe with distinguished and approachable scholars, ambitious and talented students and effective administrators who are creating new knowledge for the next wave of entrepreneurs and organizational leaders.
Earning a Ph.D. in the strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations program at the University of Tennessee has been a tremendous opportunity. I am consistently guided towards a successful career in academia by a strong faculty team that invests time and energy into my development as a scholar. No school can guarantee my success, for I have to be willing to work hard; however, in the strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations program, I have always been given the utmost opportunity to simply focus on working hard and learning. In addition, the students in the strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations program are close-knit, and always willing to help each other. In my opinion, the qualities I have described are absolutely vital to picking a Ph.D. program that can help you achieve your potential. If I were to choose a program again, I would, without hesitation, still choose the University of Tennessee.
Jiaju (Justin) Yan
The strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations program of Haslam College of Business is one of the most rigorous and challenging academic programs in the nation.The student body is comprised of most talented graduate students across the globe. Doctoral students will receive intensive intellectual and practical training in organizational research from nationwide distinguished scholars and accomplished faculties. The program is designed to cultivate the future organization and strategy researchers and outstanding college educators.
The camaraderie is genuine. The students here are not competing with each other; we support and encourage our peers so that we can all be successful.
This has been perhaps the most challenging experience of my life, but I love going to work every morning! This is a truly developmental atmosphere. It feels like a family.
The SEO Ph.D. Program has been nothing short of an amazing experience for me. I count myself blessed to have the opportunity to be trained in a supportive, yet challenging environment. The department fosters a culture of research freedom to pursue and develop meaningful research ideas where those ideas are continually improved through honest and developmental feedback from faculty and other doctoral students. I believe that UT provides an incredible opportunity to work with faculty who are not only world-class in their areas of expertise, but also supportive and approachable as people.
The SEO Ph.D. program is a unique blend of research rigor meets genuine camaraderie. The single thing that sold me on joining the program was the people. There is not a single faculty member that wouldn’t be happy to meet with you to discuss ideas or obstacles you’re facing, both in coursework and research. This ability to interact with renowned scholars has made a world of difference in both my personal and professional growth.
One distinguishing feature of the program are weekly sessions called Pathways, where students can present current research to receive feedback, hear from faculty (both from within UTK and outside universities) on their own ongoing projects, or receive direction in “Help Me, I’m Stuck” sessions. My peers in other doctoral programs have said that sessions like this would have changed their research and career paths had they been offered an opportunity like this to interact with faculty regularly. The environment created by the department diffuses into the Ph.D. student relationships as well; all are extremely willing to help each other and the friendships I’ve made so far are ones that I can see continuing throughout my career.
On top of the rigorous academic and professional training that I am receiving, I am also developing authentic friendships that will last a lifetime. Ten years from now, I guarantee I will be sitting at a restaurant chatting and laughing with my fellow students and faculty members from the program. That is the great thing about our culture. We hold one another to a high professional standard, yet at the same time, we are one another’s number one advocates.