The program trains students to analyze a firm's response to its environment and its competitors, with a focus on innovation. It combines strong theory development with rigorous empirical methods to develop cutting-edge research on important questions in business strategy. Ph.D. candidates complete a series of core classes that introduce students to the core fields in strategic management and frontier research in a number of different fields, including competitive strategy, innovation, intellectual property, non-market strategy, global strategy, organization theory, entrepreneurship and market institutions. Students often choose to integrate strategic management with other disciplines, such as finance, entrepreneurship, technology management, political science, psychology and sociology.
Our program is differentiated from other top Ph.D. programs in a number of ways. The faculty expertise spans a broad theoretical base - encompassing economics, psychology, sociology, political science and statistics - with an inclination toward strong training in methods. We believe that this combination is required to produce well-trained students who will be able to grow intellectually over the course of their careers and, more immediately, obtain an academic appointment at a top business school. This allows students to select a level of analysis for their dissertation that conforms to their interests and strengths while also allowing them to conduct research on the cutting edge of interesting questions in strategy, innovation and decision-making.
In their first year, all students in the program enroll in the graduate microeconomics sequence (ECON 201A, 201B and 201C) offered by the Economics department.
In their first year, all students in the Strategy Ph.D. program enroll in the graduate econometrics and statistics sequence (MGMTPHD 201A, 201B and 201C). Students must pass the econometrics exam.
Research and Development Policy
ECON 271A, B and C
Industrial Organization, Price Policies and Regulation
These seminars are hosted by your area of study and closed to the public; distinguished faculty from other universities present their latest papers and findings.
The marketing area hosted Evan Weingarten from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania on October 7, 2016, where he presented his paper, "The Effect of Salience on Valuation: Addressing the Dual-Causality Problem in Decision Biases." The question Weingarten set out to ask was, how do individuals evaluate products? While many decades of research have proposed models of how individuals integrate information and what influences evaluations, many of them don’t address the interdependence of the accessibility of an input and the diagnosticity of those inputs determining whether or not that input will be used in judgment. Weingarten found that accessibility can influence diagnosticity, and diagnosticity can influence accessibility, contending that the framework applies not only to memory-based but also to stimulus-based decision-making. Among other explorations, Weingarten also looked at how attributes in more salient top and bottom positions of a product profile had consistently higher part-worths than attributes in middle positions
Marketing also hosted Kaitlyn Woolley from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, presenting her paper, "The Experience Matters More Than You Think: People Value Intrinsic Incentives More Inside Than Outside an Activity." Here, Wooley documented a shift in the value assigned to intrinsic incentives, finding that people value these incentives more inside an activity than outside the activity.
Our student-run seminars exist exclusively for Anderson and Marketing Ph.D. students. They present their current research and receive feedback. With no faculty in attendance, your peers critique your work and become invaluable, supportive colleagues and friends in the process.
These seminars provide the opportunity to defend your work, receive research and career feedback, and influence others’ work lives. With the toughest audiences you will ever face, this experience is all about preparing you for your professional life and positioning you for candidacy as a faculty member at one of the world’s highest caliber institutions.