The doctoral program in Strategy encourages students to pursue multi-disciplinary research that utilizes multiple methodologies—quantitative, as well as qualitative—to study how companies and industries around the world develop and sustain competitive advantage.

Many of these topics can best be addressed by drawing on both microeconomics, the foundation that has traditionally been used to study strategy, and on other complementary disciplines. For example, work on how managers perceive their strategic choices requires delving into the broad literature on cognition, which itself draws on psychology and the behavioral sciences. Work on non-market strategy and the regulatory environment of the firm might well draw on political science and law.

Students in the program are expected to master graduate-level microeconomic theory and econometrics. In addition, they are expected to devote substantial time to mastering one additional complementary discipline, such as psychology, sociology, or political science, and developing expertise in research methodologies suited to their particular interests, such as qualitative analysis, designing effective fieldwork, and analysis of survey data.

The doctoral program in Strategy provides students with the multi-disciplinary training required to examine such questions. Students in the Strategy doctoral program work closely with faculty in the Strategy Unit, among faculty in departments across the University.

Examples of recent and current thesis research include:

  • The relationship between non-market experience and the use and outcome of patent strategies by pharmaceutical firms
  • The antecedents and consequences of corporate strategy decision-making, specifically focusing on divestitures and governance
  • The impact of religion on individual financial choices and institutional structures
  • Innovation in emerging markets; the causal effect of incentive policy reform, expatriates and social relationships on innovation
  • In addition to the DBA in Strategy, the Strategy unit offers a Ph.D. in Business Economics, which is designed to attract students interested in pursuing research using a purely economics-based methodology