Strategy and Organization

Strategy and Organization researchers use diverse theoretical approaches to study organizations and their environments. This involves understanding how organizations develop and execute strategies to be well-positioned in their economic, political, and social environments. Such strategies rely on a broad and deep understanding of organizations in order to effectively leverage resources, governance, practices, structures, and other aspects for desired outcomes at the organization level and beyond. These outcomes from a strategic perspective may include multiple dimensions of organizational performance, such as financial performance, innovation outcomes, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, and so on. The phenomena of study here may be for-profit, non-profit, or other forms of organizing as pertinent in complex and changing environments across the globe.

Field Courses

MGT8116 Strategic Management (3 units)
This course develops an understanding of the theoretical foundations of research in strategy. The concern is with developing an understanding of competitive behavior in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and with understanding the relationships between an organization's environment, its strategy, and performance outcomes. These include areas such as value creation and firm performance, competition and markets, resources and capabilities, and governance and control.

MGT8117 Organization Theory (3 units)
This course provides an overview of the historical roots of organization theory and focuses on contemporary schools of thought in this area. Topics include resource-based, population ecology, institutional, critical, discursive, and practice-based theories. Theoretical and empirical material illustrating various schools of thought will be discussed.

One course chosen from another field (3 units)


For information about the PhD program as a whole, please feel free to contact the Graduate Office.

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For information about the research in the Strategy and Organization field, please feel free to contact Dr. Madeline Toubiana. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)