SMU's Research Rankings

 #11 among the specialist universities of the world by QS World University Rankings 2018
 #1 in Asia in Accounting Research in Brigham Young University Accounting Research Rankings
 #1 in Singapore (#3 in Asia) in the University of Texas Dallas Top 100 Worldwide Business School Research Rankings
 #4 in Asia in Tilburg University's Top 100 Worldwide Economics Schools Research Ranking
 #13 in Asia in the Computer Science Rankings

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SMU PhD Programmes: Research Areas of Concentration

 PhD in Accounting

    Auditing • Capital Markets • Corporate Governance • Disclosure • Financial Reporting •

Click to view the schools' Core Research Areas (School of Accountancy)

PhD in Business


Asset Pricing • Corporate Finance & Governance • Hedge Funds • Institutional Investors •
Market Microstructure • Private Equity


Digital & Mobile Marketing • Offline & Online Retailing • Financial Impact of Marketing Actions • Role of Feelings & Emotions on Consumer Decision Making

Operations Management

Agribusiness • Healthcare • Operations Analytics • Product and Service Design & Development • Project Management • Retail Operations • Sustainable Operations •  Supply Chain & Risk Management

Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources (OBHR)

Culture & Cross-cultural Management • Ethics • Fairness • Human Capital Strategy & Management • Judgement & Decision Making • Leadership • Negotiation • Organisational Creativity & Innovation • Organisational Justice • Positive Organisation (Mindfulness, Humility, Proactivity) • Trust • Well-being & Stress 

Strategic Management & Organisation

Entrepreneurship • Innovation • International Business • Organisation Theory • Strategic Management

Click to view the schools' Core Research Areas (Lee Kong Chian School of Business)

PhD in Economics

Econometrics • Game Theory, Social Choice & Mechanism Design • Macro-economics •
Health Economics • Industrial Organisation • International Trade Theory • Labour, Human
Capital & Labour Economics • Urban & Regional Economics

Click to view the schools' Core Research Areas (School of Economics)

PhD in Psychology

Cognitive • Cultural • Evolutionary • Industrial & Organisational • Social & Personality

Click to view the schools' Core Research Areas (School of Social Sciences)

PhD in Information Systems

Cybersecurity • Data Science & Engineering • Information Systems & Management •
Intelligent Systems & Optimisation • Software & Cyber-Physical Systems

Click to view the schools' Core Research Areas (School of Information Systems)

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The SMU Research Environment

SMU research has been thriving. Our PhD students are able to pursue the following:

SMU's advantage is achieving stronger connections and deeper integration across Management, Social Science and Computing.


Overview of School’s Research Environment ​

SMU Areas of Excellence

SMU has substantial research activities and increasingly rich eco-systems interlinking research, education and practice associated with the SMU Areas of Excellence. The 5 areas of excellence, listed below, are university-level competencies that leverage interdisciplinary approaches to solve societal challenges. Details are available by clicking the links below.


Read our faculty members’ research stories


Read our faculty members’ research stories




  • Ageing & Healthcare Management


Read our faculty members’ research stories


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SMU Faculty Members' Research Interests

SMU faculty members are internationally-known in their specialised fields. Find out more about their research interests.
Our PhD students work closely with our faculty members and often publish and present in top-tier journals and conferences. You can also refer to all SMU faculty publications.

SMU Research Stories

Read more about our faculty members’ research in SMU Office of Research & Tech Transfer’s repository of research stories.

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SMU Research-intensive Institutes, Centres & Labs (ICLs)

SMU’s ICLs conduct world-class research and influence industry practice across a wide range of topics. Our PhD students have access to the following research-intensive ICLs.

Management-oriented Research ICLs
Social Science-oriented Research ICLs
Computing-oriented Research ICLs