The Strategy PhD program builds on a social science foundation to develop rigorous analytical capabilities in the study of firm strategy. Our Strategy faculty interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, organizations, and business and public policy, and they employ a variety of research methodologies in these areas.

The faculty seeks to educate the next generation of strategy scholars. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the best scholars in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations.

Over the roughly 5 years it takes to complete the program, you’ll fulfill the following requirements:

  • Cultivate research and teaching collaborations with Duke Strategy faculty members
  • Teach or assist in teaching courses consistent with and complementing your research progress
  • Attend seminars, help with recruiting efforts, and engage with other parts of the institution

Your goal as a Duke Strategy PhD should be to complete the program with positive references from Duke faculty, prepare to teach one or more strategy courses, and to write one or more published or publishable papers.

Strategy PhD Faculty and Students Around a Table

Program Requirements

The Strategy PhD program requires you to complete:

  • Area-specific requirements
    • Course requirements as outlined below
    • A second year research paper
    • Comprehensive exam at the end of Year 2
    • Teaching and research assistantship
  • Preliminary exam / comprehensive evaluation which will include the presentation of your second year paper and your performance in the courses and comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation thesis proposal
  • Final dissertation and defense exam

Check out the Curriculum

Some of the more recent research topics our Strategy faculty are engaged in include:

  • Economics of technology and technical change
  • Management of intellectual property and licensing in corporations
  • Innovation based entrepreneurship
  • Expanding social mission of business
  • Foreign entrepreneurship
  • Management of entrepreneurial and multinational ventures
  • Location choice
  • Health care innovation and pricing
  • How firms in developed nations coalesce into groups
  • How different attributes of groups of firms are related to resource reallocation, innovation, and firm performance
  • Division of innovative labor
  • How firms decide which tasks to perform in-house and which to outsource and how these choices affect product innovation
  • How firms respond to competition
  • 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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