The Fuqua Strategy PhD program trains students to do independent research on firm strategy, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. All students receive rigorous theoretical and empirical training through coursework, including in economics, statistics, public policy, and computer science, at Fuqua as well as at other graduate schools within the University.

A core thesis of our program is that training the next generation of scholars requires hands-on mentorship. You will begin working on collaborative research with faculty in your first year, within the framework of a multi-year apprenticeship model. This apprenticeship culminates in a complete working paper at the end of your second year and a publishable paper by the end of your third year. In recent years, students have gone on to publish these papers in journals including Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, American Economic Review, and Research Policy, among others.


This hands-on training culminates in an independent dissertation and job market paper that is at the cutting-edge of research in strategy, innovation, or entrepreneurship.


Over the five years it typically takes to complete the program, you are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Successfully complete coursework that develops your theoretical and empirical skills, including in microeconomics, econometrics as well as various advanced methods.
  • Successfully complete coursework in several topical areas including firm strategy, the economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational theory.
  • Attend and participate in the Strategy Area’s seminar series, where leading scholars from around the world present their latest research.
  • Complete and successfully defend to the Strategy Area faculty:
    • A second year paper co-authored with a faculty member and presented to Strategy Area faculty. This paper will likely still be work-in-progress.
    • A third year paper, which is typically a more advanced version of the second-year paper, but is judged to be of publishable quality. A defense of this paper constitutes the comprehensive examination that will determine advancement to candidacy.
    • An independent research project that culminates in a dissertation proposal (year 4) which constitutes a contract specifying the required work for the final dissertation.
    • A dissertation (year 5) and job market paper, which serves as the final requirement to complete the Strategy PhD program.

Your goal as a PhD student should be to develop the knowledge, judgment, and skills to conduct independent and collaborative research that is at the cutting edge of your chosen area within the broader field of strategy. Successful students will leave the program with:

  • A strong foundation in economic and social science theory.
  • A modern, rigorous methodological toolkit.
  • Skill in posing and answering research questions that are both important and ambitious.
    • Core skills include: being able to articulate a research question, its importance, and its relation to prior work; knowing how to attack that question (e.g., identifying data sources or modeling frameworks, collecting and preparing data); recognizing and applying high standards of evidence; and communicating results orally and in writing.
  • Skill in writing independent research articles that have the potential to be marquee contributions to our field, and a familiarity with the publication process.


Strategy PhD Faculty and Students Around a Table

Program Requirements

The Strategy PhD program requires you to complete:

  • Area-specific requirements
    • Course requirements (see sample curriculum)
    • Teaching Assistantships--Year 2+
    • Second year paper--End of Year 2
    • Teaching and research assistantship
  • Comprehensive Exam (third year paper)--End of Year 3
  • Dissertation Proposal--End of Year 4
  • Final Dissertation Defense--End of Year 5

Check out the Curriculum

Some of the more recent research our Strategy faculty have conducted include:

  • Arora, Ashish, Sharon Belenzon, and Lia Sheer. "Knowledge spillovers and corporate investment in scientific research." American Economic Review 111.3 (2021): 871-98.
  • Arora, Ashish, Andrea Fosfuri, and Thomas Rønde. "Waiting for the payday? The market for startups and the timing of entrepreneurial exit." Management Science 67.3 (2021): 1453-1467.
  • Arora, Ashish, Sharon Belenzon, and Andrea Patacconi. "Knowledge sharing in alliances and alliance portfolios." Management Science 67.3 (2021): 1569-1585.
  • Arora, A., Belenzon, S., Cohen, W., & Patacconi, A. (2019). Companies persist with biomedical papers. Nature, 569(7756), S18-S18.
  • Belenzon, Sharon, Aaron K. Chatterji, and Brendan Daley. "Choosing between growth and glory." Management Science 66.5 (2020): 2050-2074.
  • Belenzon, Sharon, Niron Hashai, and Andrea Patacconi. "The architecture of attention: Group structure and subsidiary autonomy." Strategic Management Journal 40.10 (2019): 1610-1643.
  • Belenzon, Sharon, Anastasiya Shamshur, and Rebecca Zarutskie. "CEO's age and the performance of closely held firms." Strategic Management Journal 40.6 (2019): 917-944.
  • Chatterji, Aaron K., Jiao Luo, and Robert C. Seamans. "Categorical Competition in the Wake of Crisis: Banks vs. Credit Unions." Organization Science (2021).
  • Bennett, Victor M., and Aaron K. Chatterji. "The entrepreneurial process: Evidence from a nationally representative survey." Strategic Management Journal (2019).
  • Chatterji, Aaron, Solene Delecourt, Sharique Hasan and Rembrand M. Koning. "When does advice impact startup performance?." Strategic Management Journal 40.3 (2019): 331-356.
  • Chatterji, Aaron K., Colleen M. Cunningham, and John E. Joseph. "The limits of relational governance: Sales force strategies in the US medical device industry." Strategic Management Journal 40.1 (2019): 55-78.
  • Cohen, Wesley M., Henry Sauermann, and Paula Stephan. "Not in the job description: The commercial activities of academic scientists and engineers." Management Science 66.9 (2020): 4108-4117.
  • Gross, Daniel P. "Collusive Investments in Technological Compatibility: Lessons from US Railroads in the Late 19th Century." Management Science 66.12 (2020): 5683-5700.
  • Gross, Daniel P. "Creativity under fire: The effects of competition on creative production." Review of Economics and Statistics 102.3 (2020): 583-599.
  • Gross, Daniel P. "Scale versus scope in the diffusion of new technology: evidence from the farm tractor." The RAND Journal of Economics 49.2 (2018): 427-452.
  • Gross, Daniel P. "Performance feedback in competitive product development." The RAND Journal of Economics 48.2 (2017): 438-466.
  • Hasan, Sharique, and Rembrand Koning. "Prior ties and the limits of peer effects on startup team performance." Strategic Management Journal 40.9 (2019): 1394-1416.
  • Koning, Rembrand, Sharique Hasan, and Aaron Chatterji. Experimentation and startup performance: Evidence from A/B testing. Management Science, 2021
  • Samila, Sampsa, Alexander Oettl, and Sharique Hasan. Helpful behavior and the durability of collaborative ties. Organization Science, 2021
  • David B. Ridley and Chung-Ying Lee. 2020. “Does Medicare Reimbursement Drive-up Drug Launch Prices?” The Review Economics and Statistics, 102(5): 980-993.
  • Tatiana Lluent (2021) - ESMT-Berlin
  • Lia Sheer (2021) - Coller School of Management of Tel-Aviv University
  • Rahul Gupta (2020) - Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business
  • Honggi Lee (2020) - University of New Hampshire
  • Joowon Kim (2019) - Postdoctoral at Boston University
  • Xiaoshu Bei (2019) - Leeds School, University of Colorado
  • Kevin Du (2018) - University of Southern Denmark
  • Colleen Cunningham (2017) - London Business School
  • Alex Wilson (2016) - Carlson School, University of Minnesota
  • Ulya Tsolomon (2015) - Olin School, Washington University
  • Luis Rios (2015) - Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elena Vidal (2013) - Zicklin School, Baruch College
  • Olga Hawn (2013) - Questrom School, Boston University
  • Nilanjana Dutt (2013) - Bocconi University, Milan, Italy


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