Once admitted, the PhD candidates will go through various toll gates to ensure a smooth running of the program:
Research Proposal as First Toll Gate
After the first 6 months of the program each PhD candidate has to present a written thesis proposal at an academic seminar during the quarterly EDIM workshop. The thesis proposal shall contain a general background of the phenomenon under study, the research objective, problem statements, and a basic research design (including methodological issues). After the seminar, an adjusted version of the thesis proposal should be submitted to the scientific committee for approval in order to continue the program.
Course work and empirical work
Each candidate will be required to have achieved the necessary credits stipulated in the study plan. If for any reason the candidate does not fulfill what is required, the scientific committee will consult the supervisors and thereafter make a decision about what necessary measures to be taken. In worst case this might mean to fail the candidate (who then has to leave the program).
The scientific committee will also do follow-ups of the empirical work. Deviations from plan have to be reported to the committee. Candidates, who not meet required performance, will be warned. If the problems are not solved within 6 month, he/she will be expelled.
The doctoral thesis is the core of the program. The candidates are expected to develop state-of-the art research competencies on an issue relevant to the scientific debate and produce an original contribution that enhance the current scientific knowledge on this issue. The thesis should be individually produced piece of work, meeting the quality standards of the candidate's home and host universities.
Due to national traditions and regulations, the thesis could either be a monograph (approx. between 80.000 – 100.000 words) or a set of at minimum 4 scientific papers of high international quality, together with a cover essay. The scientific papers of the latter should contain at least 2 peer-reviewed papers, accepted by scientific journals (or equivalents) which one of them should be a one autor paper. The decision on whether to write a monograph or a set of published papers will be taken by the scientific committee in conjunction with the supervisors and the incumbent candidate. The thesis should be written in English with abstracts in Italian, Swedish and Spanish.
The double degree means that a thesis from the program has to fulfill all the formal requirements of two partner universities. Consequently each thesis has to be presented and defended twice, and due to legislation, sometimes in slightly different versions.
For example, an EDIM candidate enrolled at POLIMI and KTH will have to adhere both to the traditions of POLIMI and of KTH. At POLIMI the written thesis is reviewed and measured by the supervisor, an external reviewer and an exam commission; at KTH, the dissertation is presented and defended at a public seminar with an external examiner, before an external exam commission makes its judgment.
Final degree awarded
After sucessful completion of the program the candidate is awarded double degrees (from the home and the host university).
The names of the degree from the partner universities:
KTH: PhD in Industrial Economics and Management
(Teknologie doktor i Industriell ekonomi och organisation)
Polimi: PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
(Dottore di Ricerca in Ingegneria Gestionale)
UPM: UPM Doctor in the program of Industrial Engineering
(Doctor por la UPM en el programa de Doctorado de Ingenieria de Organización)