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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COURSEWORK

Coursework typically takes about four semesters to complete and involves about four (4) courses per semester.

1. Strategy core and topic classes.

Students are expected to take all the following classes over a two (2) year period. The core classes are offered every year, while electives are offered every other year. At least one strategy class is offered every semester

Core

Theoretical Perspective in Strategy

Empirical Research in Strategy

Topic

Technology and Strategy

Theory of the Firm

Sociological Approach to Strategy

Incentives and Corporate Governance

2. Allied area classes

Organization Theory

Industrial Organization

3. Discipline CLASSES

Students are encouraged to pick one discipline for specialization. The disciplines typically chosen are economics, political science, psychology, or sociology. They are expected to take four to five course in this discipline. Students have considerable flexibility in putting together a set of classes tailored to their strengths and interests. These are a sample of courses students have taken in the past. This is only an indicative set.

Economics

Mathematics for Economics (Econ 600)

Microeconomics (Econ 601-604)

Sociology

Economic

Sociology (Soc 515)

Theories and Practices of Sociology (Soc 505-506)

4. methods CLASSES

Students are expected to take the research methods class offered in the Ross Business School and, in addition, take appropriate statistical methods classes offered in any of the disciplines above. Methods classes that students often taken are:

Econometrics (Econ 671, 672 & 675)

Statistics Courses in Other Departments (PolSci 599/699, Soc 510/610)

5. breadth CLASSES

Students without MBA degrees are encouraged to take at least one course from each of the allied areas of the Ross School of Business: Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Management and Organizations.

Corporate Finance (Fin 551)

Financial Accounting (Acc 501)

Example Course Schedules

Academic Requirements and Benchmarks - Strategy, Economics Track
Year 1, Fall Year 1, Winter Year 2, Fall Year 2, Winter Year 3, Fall

Note that some of these courses listed below are half-semester courses.

Empirical Research in Strategy
(Strat 897)

Theoretical Perspective in Strategy (Strat 898)

Math for Economists
(Econ 600)

Microeconomic Theory I
(Econ 601)

Microeconomic Theory I
(Econ 603)

Intro to Empirical Methods (Polsci 599) or Econometric Analysis I (Econ 671)

A short programming course
(e.g. Python)

Strategy Seminar (Strat 897)

Strategy Seminar (Strat 898)

Applied Industrial Economics (BA875)

Microeconomic Theory II (Econ 602)

Microeconomic Theory II (Econ 604)

Statistical Methods, Part II
(Polsci 699) or Econometric Analysis II (Econ 672)

 

Second year paper proposal needs to be approved by August 31, before the start of the fall semester.

Empirical Research Methodology
(BA 850)

Empirical Econometrics  (Econ 675) (with Prof. Smith) or Multivariate Analysis  (Polsci 787) (with Prof. Titiunik)

Financial Management (Fin 551)

Doctoral Seminar in Organizational
Theory (MO 899)

IO Theory Course

Strategy Doctoral Seminar (Strat 897)

Strategy Doctoral Seminar (Strat 898)

Labor Economics Course

Principles of Financial Accounting
(Acc 501)

Plus another full-semester elective

Second year paper needs to be approved by August 31, before the start of this semester.

Advance to Candidacy by early September.

Dissertation Candidacy (Strat 995)

Teaching Practicum (BA 831)

Teach

         
Academic Requirements and Benchmarks - Strategy, Sociology Track
Year 1, Fall Year 1, Winter Year 2, Fall Year 2, Winter Year 3, Fall

Note that some of these courses listed below are half-semester courses.

Empirical Research in Strategy
(Strat 897)

Theoretical Perspective in Strategy
(Strat 898)

Economic Sociology (Soc 515)

Intro to Empirical Methods (Polsci 599)

Theory & Practice (Soc 505)

A short programming course
(e.g. Python)

Strategy Seminar (Strat 897)

Strategy Seminar (Strat 898)

Methodological Courses in Business Research (BA 850)

Statistical Methods, Part II (Polsci 699) or Prof. DiNardo's course

Sociology PhD Seminar (Special Topics)

Methods (Soc 610)

Theory & Practice (Soc 506)

 

Second year proposal needs to be approved by August 31 before the start of the fall semester.

Adv Soc Psych (Psych 682)

Sociology PhD Seminar (Special Topics)

Research Methods in the Behavioral & Social Sciences (BA 870)

Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Theory (MO 899)

Plus another full-semester elective

Core & Topic
Strategy Seminar (Strat 897)

Strategy Seminar (Strat 898)

Methods
Sociology Methods Elective (such as Categorical Data Analysis)

Second year paper needs to be approved by August 31 before the start of this semester

Advance to candidacy by early September

Teaching Practicum (BA 831)

Teach

Qualifying Exam

The primary purpose of the qualifying exam is to ensure that the Ross doctoral student is a discerning consumer of research in strategy.

Discerning consumption involves developing a parsimonious map of research in strategy and being able to locate research questions, theories, and perspectives within this overall map. This ability is critical to productive scholarship.

Students are required to take their written qualifying exam (open book) to advance to candidacy at the end of the second year of the PhD program, generally in early June. Preparation for the qualifying exam builds on previously taken strategy classes. This involves significant additional reading beyond courses themselves to add depth of understanding in the main research areas of strategy.

A qualifying exam committee composed of four to six (4-6) faculty design exam questions. Students are allowed three to five (3-5) days to answer all questions.

SECOND YEAR RESEARCH PAPER

Purpose

  • develop student's capability to conceive and execute an independent research project
  • begin to develop an independent research stream
  • prepare student for the dissertation
  • produce research that can be presented at a top strategy conference (e.g., Academy of Management or Strategic Management Society) and published in a top-tier strategy journal

Specific Requirements

Prior to advancing to the dissertation stage, students are required to conduct an empirical research project with the aspiration of publishing a paper from the project in a top-tier strategy journal. The project will be completed under the supervision of two faculty members, one of whom serves as a primary reader (typically the student's adviser), and the other as a secondary reader. The student is expected to undertake wholly individual and autonomous research for this project.  The project will typically have an empirical and/or modeling component (exceptions require approval of the Strategy PhD Adviser).  The student must submit a 3-5 page proposal to the readers for their approval by the end of August just prior to the start of their second year in the doctoral program.  The paper must be approved by the two faculty readers by the end of August just prior to the start of the student's third year in the Doctoral Program.  Also, the paper from the project is expected to be presented to students and faculty in the brown bag seminar series by the end of October of the student's third year in the Doctoral Program.  Extensions to the above deadlines can only be obtained with approval of both the Strategy department chairperson and the Strategy doctoral program coordinator.  While publication in a top-tier journal is an aspiration of the project, publication is not required for successful completion of the project.

Department Research Presentations

Each first-year student will be expected to present for a half hour in the department brown bag series.   In the second year of the doctoral program, students will be expected to present for an hour in the department brown bag series.   First-year and second-year students are expected to confer with their adviser on what it would be appropriate for them to present.   Then, in subsequent years of the doctoral program, students will be expected to present for at least a half hour each year.

DISSERTATION

Rackham Graduate School dissertation information including handbook and guidelines.

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