Many universities evaluate the costs and benefits of academic programs. An important decision is whether to offer a doctoral degree. Most articles and academics focus on the numerous benefits of a doctoral program. While many of the benefits that can stem from a doctoral program are summarized in this manuscript, the primary purpose is to highlight some of the hidden costs to creating and operating a doctoral program. The authors use their experience in developing a doctoral program in Logistics and Transportation to illustrate many of these potentially hidden costs. This should provide academics and administrators with better information to make future choices about specific Business School programs.
Rutner, Stephen M., Shephard, C. David, & Rutner, Paige S. (2014). Unintended consequences: Lessons learned when starting a logistics & transportation doctoral program. Journal of Transportation Management, 25(1), 7-20. doi: 10.22237/jotm/1396310520