SME focuses on the management of organizations from a top or general management perspective. It addresses both the external relations between the organization and its environment and the internal processes of organization adaptation and change. Students develop an individual program of study in consultation with their faculty adviser. The program combines coursework with active involvement in faculty research, research seminars, and opportunities for teaching.
The strategic management and entrepreneurship department requires its students to take four or five of the SME department’s core PhD courses. Typically students will take both of our strategy courses and our theory building course; they then choose one or two of the remaining courses (currently International, Entrepreneurship, and Organization Theory). Beyond the departmental courses listed here, special seminars will be offered from time to time on such topics as innovation, ethics and corporate responsibility, knowledge management and other cutting edge topics. Independent reading courses may be available by arrangement.
Students will also take from eight to eleven additional classes outside the SME department in order to deepen their knowledge and preparedness. These courses typically involve research methods and statistics as well as courses that support the students’ main theoretical grounding in their core disciplinary base.
The department offers the following PhD courses regularly:
Seminar in Strategy Content
Review of research on the bases and characteristics of organization strategy.
Seminar in Strategy Process
Review of research on processes of strategy formulation and implementation.
Seminar in Entrepreneurship
Review of research on new venture creation and opportunity realization in new and existing firms.
Theory Building and Research Design
Problem formulation, conceptual modeling, theory building, and research design in the social and behavioral sciences.
Seminar in International Management
Overview of the field of international management research.
Seminar in Organizational Theory
Major theories and current research on organizational and interorganizational topics from a macro perspective.
Other Topics in Strategy, as designed by professors