Get inside the heads of the world’s top executives with the Michigan Ross strategy faculty.

You’ll learn what drives big business decisions, as well as the consequences of those decisions. What sets Michigan Ross apart is how you’ll learn to apply ideas from many disciplines — economics, organizational theory, social psychology, and sociology — to business strategy. This diversity of ideas prepares you for the real business world, where you’ll be expected to spawn new ideas. The Michigan Ross approach also gives you a relevant picture of the corporation’s growing role in society.

CHAIR, Jim Westphal

ADMINISTRATOR, Cheryl Strickland

Chair: Jim Westphal

Jim conducts research in the areas of strategic management and organizational theory, with a focus on social and psychological processes in corporate governance and strategic decision making.


Strategy's doctoral program is a research-oriented program designed to prepare students for careers in academia. The program emphasizes:

  1. rigorous coursework that prepares students to conduct all aspects of strategic management research from theory building to sophisticated empirical research;
  2. close collaboration with faculty on research projects, beginning early in the program and continuing to graduation and beyond;
  3. socialization of students into a career of academic research and teaching, including regular participation in research colloquia and informal interaction with and mentoring from faculty.

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Winter 2015 Seminar Series for the Strategy department. 


The Hosmer-Hall Interdisciplinary Research Luncheons bring Ross faculty together to discuss current research projects.