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PHD Business Administration, Management

I am applying to XXXX University's program in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, and I look forward to teaching and research as a college professor. I have chosen to apply to XXXX because of my special admiration for the research directions of the faculty. I thrive in this kind of rapid learning environment and very much look forward to my doctoral studies. I feel strongly that my many years of work experience help to make me a strong candidate for your program.

I am pleased with my graduate and undergraduate GPAs, which are 3.801 and 3.77, respectively. In addition to receiving Magna cum Laude honors as an undergraduate, I am the recipient of the Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement and Entrepreneurship. And as a graduate student, I received the Eagle award for Teamwork, Leadership, and Perseverance. My managerial experience has provided me with the most valuable first-hand experience of organizational and corporate change and inspired my passionate interest in organization management. In my first management position with XXXX Corporation as a Sales Account Manager, from 1996 to 2000, I had the valuable experience of successfully procuring record revenues in the first year. And after relocating from the company's home state of Massachusetts to the Connecticut office, I was again able to achieve the success that exceeded the quota. And I was able to repeat this success a third time in Iowa.

I have also had the valuable experience of working for a start-up company that had just received its second round of venture capital funding. I watched dismay as the entire corporate organizational structure was mismanaged, resulting in products that did not work, increasing levels of customer dissatisfaction, and employee morale plummeting. This experience has also deepened my quest to study management at the doctoral level.

Since my time at that company, I have struggled to rise to higher and more complex levels of understanding, especially as to why it and its client companies responded in the way that they did to a wide variety of situations and in the manner in which they did so. I have become intellectually enthralled with the behavior of companies, especially those in rapid stages of growth or decline. My professional experiences with corporations have greatly fueled my interest in radically failing and successful business organizations, especially those seeking expansion. My life in the corporate world has helped me better understand the mindset and how Corporate leaders think, act, and react to numerous internal and external pressures on the organization.

Since July 2003, I have served as Vice President of Sales & Operations for the XXXX Corporation in Boston, where I supervise five salespeople and three administrative employees. I have identified new market segments and gained New England's #1 market share. I streamlined company operations and helped new and existing employees develop more functional understandings of all aspects of the costume business. My efforts have helped to achieve increased company profits of 30% each of the past three years. I have a great deal of tenacity in my task, and I bring this attitude to my graduate studies, where I will strive for excellence, especially in research.

Due to the extensive travel required while managing geographic territories, I have had the opportunity to better hone my powers of observation, especially about cultural and regional differences within the United States and how this significantly impacts doing business. I have been especially interested in how certain firms while holding onto discriminatory biases at the center of their company culture, open themselves up more to change on the corporate perimeters of the organization. I look forward to many years as a professional advocate of diversity in the workplace, arguing that it is especially effective in the long term.

After enrolling in XXXX College, I began working at XXXX Corporation and completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, graduating with a BA in Corporate Systems and an MS in Administrative Studies. What I am most proud of is that, at the same time, I was able to position XXXX Corporation as the leader in its industry. I feel strongly that my business background and educational foundation are an excellent combination of being adequately equipped to contribute to your academic and business community. I hope to spend the rest of my life in academia, collaborating with some of the best minds in management and organizational behavior. I will learn how organizations can improve productivity while providing the best employee experience. Possible directions for my future research include testing strategies designed to reduce burn-out, complacency, bias, and dishonesty.

I look forward to exploring paradigms designed to improve organizational morale and productivity. My other research interests include discrepancies in the attention given to shareholders as opposed to stakeholders, the study of performance-based management methodologies, and the examination of corporate ethical actions concerning corporate accountability.

I have a proven track record regarding my ability and work ethic. Fellow students have often looked to me for assistance due to my collaborative skill set and business experience. My professors have all been enthusiastically supportive of my decision to further my studies.

I look forward to learning from distinguished professors at the University of XXXX who will help me better understand how to research the cutting edge of organization management. I find the accomplishments of the faculty at XXXX to be awe-inspiring, as well as the fact that there are several professors in the department whose specialty is management. In particular, I appreciate your program's emphasis on faculty development, and I want to thank you for your consideration of my application.

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