Strengths of the Program
The PhD program in Strategic Management at Purdue University is committed to producing world-class scholars and teachers through systematic and rigorous academic training. Some of the key distinctive features of our program include:
Purdue holds a unique place in the field of strategic management for numerous reasons:
- Birthplace of independent doctoral program in strategy (formally started in 1971)
- The creator of the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), the first independant - and still premiere - research journal in the field (1981)
- Founder of the research conference/society Strategic Management Society (1980)
- Some of the very first large-sample scientific research studies in strategy were conducted by the faculty and students at Purdue (e.g., Hatten and Schendel, 1977; Hatten, Schendel and Cooper, 1978)
We continue to uphold this founding spirit by innovating and "disrupting" the field consistently.
Our Strategic Management program also benefits from a quantitative tradition through a diverse set of empirical methodologies, formal modelling, and simulation methods.
A "Strategy-Focused" PhD Program
We ruthlessly focus on being a "strategist's strategist" program that asks appropriate questions about how to create and capture value and how to develop, nurture, and sustain competitive advantage within our nuanced and detailed research pursuits.
All the faculty and students of the Strategic Management area convene round-the-year for pro-seminar meetings in an intimate setting to brainstorm research ideas, critically evaluate developments in the field and nurture academic partnerships. For some of specific activities check the curriculum page.
Intensive Collaboration with the Faculty
The hallmark of PhD student mentorship at Purdue is cultivated organically from high quality PhD research seminars and research assistantships aiming to develop faculty-mentored collaborative research projects. Some recent articles produced from this partnership include but are not limited to:
Arkadiy Sakhartov and Timothy Folta. "Resource relatedness, redeployability, and firm value." Strategic management journal 35.12 (2014): 1781-1797.
Umit Ozmel, Jeffrey Reuer and Cheng-Wei Wu. “The Role of Imitation in Determining Technology Acquisitions” Strategic Management Journal. (Conditional Acceptance, 2016)
Thomas Brush, Ramesh Dangol, and Jonathan O'Brien. "Customer capabilities, switching costs, and bank performance." Strategic Management Journal 33.13 (2012): 1499-1515.
Jeffrey Reuer and Shivaram Devarakonda, Mechanisms of hybrid governance: Administrative committees in non-equity alliances. Academy of Management Journal, 59.2 (2016): 510-533.
Tapping Purdue's Strengths as a STEM Savvy School
Because research on technology commercialization, innovation, and entrepreneurship represents an important and growing branch of the strategic management field, our program takes full advantage of Purdue’s status as a world leader in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Purdue has excellent research and analytical resources such as one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, magnetic resonance imaging facilities, and experimental laboratories (including the Vernon Smith experimental laboratory at Krannert). Furthermore, through our partnerships with Purdue’s Discovery Park and the Purdue Foundry business incubator, students have direct and easy access to study innovation and entrepreneurship as they occur in real time. In the near future, we plan to expand and deepen these opportunities by creating a research center for the study of technology commercialization.
Quality of Faculty
Purdue's Strategic Management area houses a productive and cohesive group of faculty who consistently publish in top journals, win teaching accolades and are recognized by the field for their distinction. Check the faculty page for details.