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.

James P. Walsh​, Chair

Cheryl Strickland, Faculty Support Administrator

Strategy Faculty Directory

Jim Walsh

  • A.F. Thurnau Professor
  • Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration
  • Professor of Management & Organizations
  • Professor of Strategy
  • Chair of Strategy
Research, teaching, and service define my professional life. Two qualities distinguish much of my work. I am fascinated by cross-level relationships...

Strategy PhD Program

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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Seminar Series for the Strategy department. 


The Center for Value Chain Innovation partners with industry to promote greater innovation and excellence in value chains through interdisciplinary research, through leadership, education, and a proliferation of ideas that address critical business and societal issues.