Ph.D. in Business Administration Leadership, Scholars, and Staff

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration is to provide our graduates with the skills and credentials needed to conduct theoretically grounded and scientifically based research in specific business disciplines, which will serve to prepare them for teaching and research positions in academe or industry. 

Program Leadership

PhD in Business Administration Leadership

The Ph.D. in Business Administration Program Leadership comprises faculty members from the Coles College of Business who are dedicated to ensuring the successful development of our Ph.D. students. The leadership structure includes the Executive Program Director and Discipline Leads. 

  • Saurabh Gupta

    Saurabh Gupta Executive Director

    Saurabh GuptaPosition:
    Executive Director

    Phone: (470) 578-4966
    Location: KC 418

    Executive Director, PhD in Business Administration Program and Professor
    Information Systems
  • Divesh Sharma

    Divesh Sharma Accounting Discipline Lead

    Divesh SharmaPosition:
    Accounting Discipline Lead

    Phone: (470) 578-3593
    Location: KC 412

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  • Reza Vaezi

    Reza Vaezi Information Systems Discipline Lead

    Reza VaeziPosition:
    Information Systems Discipline Lead

    Phone: (470) 578-7775
    Location: KC 411

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  • Canan Mutlu

    Canan Mutlu Management Discipline Lead

    Canan MutluPosition:
    Management Discipline Lead

    Phone: (470) 578-6446
    Location: KC 409

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  • Scott Widmier

    Scott Widmier Marketing Discipline Lead

    Scott WidmierPosition:
    Marketing Discipline Lead

    Phone: (470) 578-3391
    Location: KC 413

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Coles PhD Scholars

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program uses a number of scholars that are faculty members of the Coles College of Business. Coles Ph.D. scholars are highly respected academics with a record of publishing in rigorous academic journals. Coles Ph.D. Scholars engage in the program through teaching and dissertation committee membership. 

Global Scholars

The research-based Doctorate of Business Administration program uses a select number of scholars who are faculty members outside of the Coles College of Business. Global Scholars are highly respected academics, oftentimes leaders within their field, with a record of publishing in top academic journals. Global Scholars enhance the program by teaching in specific topic areas. Global Scholars can also be used, on occasion, as dissertation committee members. 

Program Staff

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program staff focuses on aspects of the day-to-day operations and serve as a resource for student and faculty

  • Molly First

    Molly First Program Coordinator

    Molly FirstPosition:
    Program Coordinator

    Phone: (470) 578-5094
    Location: KC 407

  • Linda Rowlette

    Linda Rowlette Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor

    Linda RowlettePosition:
    Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor

    Phone: (470) 578-4798
    Location: KC 410