TAMIU Ph.D. in International Business Administration Ready for Approval
In the near future, Texas A&M International University will experience
a quantum shift when it becomes a Ph.D.-granting institution.
The doctorate in International Business Administration, the University's
first stand-alone Ph.D, is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, scheduled to render its decision this April. When
approved, it will change the University's landscape as much as the crush
of new buildings that typify the 300-acre campus.
University president Dr. Ray Keck said the change will redefine the
"We will be redefined as an institution, as a part of the higher
education community and in how we continue to deliver our mission here.
For the first time, qualified students will have the option of joining
scholars from all around the world in completing a Ph.D. program in a
city and setting that defines international business," Dr. Keck said.
He said the impact on the communities the University serves will be
"The Ph.D. Program in International Business Administration is
a major new initiative which will not only take the University to a higher
level of excellence, but will also have a major qualitative impact on
the community. The Laredo business community is strongly supportive and
looks forward to taking advantage of this great new opportunity to become
globally competitive. The larger community of international business scholars,
too, will benefit from this addition to the cadre of specialists trained
at Texas A&M International University," he explained.
Dr. J. Michael Patrick, interim dean of the TAMIU College of Business
Administration, said the Ph.D. program is considered bi-pillar, combining
coursework, research and a functional area of business administration.
"Coursework and research in International Business Administration
will be combined with coursework and research in one of the following
areas: accounting, economics, finance, management and strategy, management
information systems, or marketing. It is designed to produce scholars
who can make significant contributions - through research, teaching and
service - to the growing area of International Business and associated
fields," Dr. Patrick said.
He explained that the University and College of Business Administration
have been working steadily for several years to introduce the comprehensive
doctorate in International Business Administration. The University and
The Texas A&M University System's Board of Regents have already approved
"This is a major step for the University and one that will take
this relatively young, but dynamic institution to the level and quality
of the more selective doctoral-granting universities in the country. It
comes shortly after the College of Business has received accreditation
from AACSB International, the accreditation body for business schools
and program. With this first doctoral degree, the University will be in
an even better position to respond to the needs of Laredo and the surrounding
communities, as well as the many prospective candidates from around the
globe who aspire to receive the highest academic degree in this dynamic
and important field of study," he said.
Patrick explained that international business is of crucial importance
to Laredo and its study at the crossroads of trade and business will upgrade
community and regional knowledge bases.
"International business, in all its forms - from exports and imports
to foreign direct investment, financial management, accounting, information
systems management, technology transfer, outsourcing and strategic management
- is of crucial importance to Texas, and in particular to Laredo, given
its globally strategic location. Sitting at the crossroads of a major
international trade and business route, the Gateway City has long felt
the need to upgrade the skill and knowledge base of its community leaders
and educators," he said.
Professor Tagi Sagafi-nejad, Radcliffe Killam Distinguished Professor
of International Business and Ph.D. program director, noted that it is
fitting that the program will be global in scope and draw on applicants
from around the world to help address a coming shortage of PhDs.
"Of course, the Ph.D. program will be global in scope, and will
draw on a significant pool of applicants from around the world, but particularly
from Laredo, South Texas, and Mexico. Qualified applicants will be provided
with financial assistance. The United States continues to face a shortage
in the number of PhDs for the foreseeable future. The TAMIU program will
make a contribution to alleviating this shortage," Dr. Sagafi-nejad
He noted that in addition to its strong cadre of world class TAMIU faculty
scholars and planned additions to the faculty, the Ph.D. program will
benefit from the involvement of a Global Advisory Board of eminent scholars
from the international business academic community.
"The Global Advisory Board includes current as well as three of
the past presidents of the Academy of International Business, the academic
association of the field. The Board also includes senior scholars from
the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the United Nations
(Geneva), Indiana University, University of Miami, Rutgers University,
Reading University (UK), Georgia Tech University, The University of Memphis,
Texas A&M University, and the University of Southern New Hampshire.
They represent the field of International Business as well as various
associated disciplines, including Economics, Finance and Strategic Management,"
For more information, please contact Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejad at Texas
A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, Texas
78041; phone (956) 326-2512, e-mail: IB-PhD@TAMIU.edu
or click on http://www.tamiu.edu/coba/phd
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