Policy and Strategic Management
The field of strategic management is concerned with understanding the sources of firms’ success and failure as a prerequisite for improving their performance. Strategy is viewed as an important determinant of organizational success. The field draws from a variety of intellectual disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, and biology. It combines and complements other business specialties such as operations, marketing, finance, information technology, and human resources.
Throughout their program, students have many opportunities to collaborate with their peers as well as a large group of internationally known researchers from within the broad field of strategic management and other areas of research within Schulich.
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Candidates for the Policy & Strategic Management field PhD degree must fulfil the following minimum requirements:
Students must successfully complete the following course requirements:
- DCAD 7100 3.00 LOGICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
- DCAD 7250 3.00 RESEARCH DESIGN
- DCAD 7400 3.00 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
A 3.00 credit graduate level methodological course chosen in consultation with the field’s PhD Program Coordinator.
Another 3.00 credit graduate level methodological course chosen in consultation with the field’s PhD Program Coordinator.
- DCAD 7610 1.50 GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM IN MANAGEMENT
- DCAD 7600 1.50 GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM IN MANAGEMENT
- SGMT 7010 3.00 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT SEMINAR I
- SGMT 7020 3.00 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT SEMINAR II
- SUST 7020 3.00 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ORGANIZATION THEORY
- ORGS 7010 3.00 INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOUR IN ORGANIZATIONS
Two Elective Courses
Students will take at least two of the following four electives:
- Strategic Management 7090 3.0: Special Topics in Strategic Management
- ACTG 6600 3.00 AUDITING STANDARDS & APPLICATIONS
- SGMT 7030 3.00 SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
- SGMT 7040 3.00 SEMINAR ON CORPORATE STRATEGY
- SUST 7050 3.00 BUSINESS, SOCIETY AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Students must submit one research paper that synthesizes a particular body of literature and furthers our understanding on a specific topic in strategy. The research paper is a prerequisite to the comprehensive exams and should comprise both a theoretical and an empirical component. Students work closely with a faculty advisor on this paper.
The initial submission of the research paper is due before the end of December of the second year. Students are required to present this paper in the research seminar series, normally during the spring. Students are expected to submit the final version of the paper by May 15 of the second year. The paper is evaluated and must be approved by the research paper’s faculty advisor, the area PhD Coordinator and an additional faculty member.
The comprehensive field examination takes place after the summer of the second year. The comprehensive exams are designed to test a student’s breadth of knowledge in the field of strategic management as well as depth of knowledge in select areas. In preparation for their exams, students are given a list of classic readings at the beginning of their program; the list consists of books and journal articles that have defined the field. Students are expected to have a thorough comprehension and understanding of the historical development and the fundamental questions that have guided the discourse in the field. Students are also expected to be thoroughly versed in the current literature and research questions that occupy select areas of the field of strategy. It is assumed that these areas will subsequently define the scope of a student’s dissertation.
Those who fail have the opportunity to retake the exams once, within six months of the date of the first comprehensive exam. Those who fail to pass a second time are not allowed to continue in the PhD program.
The program regards the comprehensive examination as a pivotal point for deciding whether students should be allowed to proceed with their studies or be encouraged to withdraw from the program.
Dissertation Proposal and Oral Defence
Candidates must prepare a written proposal to conduct original dissertation research carried out under the supervision of a supervisory committee, and must defend this to the satisfaction of the thesis supervisor and members of the supervisory committee.
Dissertation and Oral Examination
Candidates must prepare a dissertation based on original research carried out under the supervision of a supervisory committee and submit the results in appropriate dissertation form. After the formal submission of the dissertation, an oral examination is held. It is expected that all or part of the dissertation will be published following professional or scientific review.
We recommend further consultation with your area Ph.D. rep concerning any impending changes to the program requirements and guidance on selecting appropriate optional courses.
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Faculty members in the Policy and Strategic Management Area explore many interests within the broad area of policy and strategic management, and are active in a wide range of research projects.
Key areas of research include: international management, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurship and technological innovation, corporate governance, and strategy processes. The faculty members share an interest in addressing important policy issues in an intellectually open environment and their work reflects the School’s distinctive innovative, global and diverse culture.
The following faculty are accredited by the Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the supervision of doctoral students:
Selected faculty members
Preet S. Aulakh
Professor of Strategy and International Business; Pierre Lassonde Chair in International BusinessView profile
Ellen R. Auster
Professor of Strategic Management; Executive Director, York Change Leadership (YCL)View profile
James L. Darroch
Associate Professor of Policy; CIT Chair in Financial Services; Area Coordinator, Policy/Strategy; Director, Financial Services ProgramView profile
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic ManagementView profile
Professor of Public Policy and Sustainability; Director, BBA/iBBA ProgramsView profile
Professor of Strategic ManagementView profile
Professor of Sustainability & Economics; Area Coordinator, EconomicsView profile
Professor of Strategy; Scotiabank Chair in International Business and EntrepreneurshipView profile
Charles J. McMillan
Professor of Strategic Management and International BusinessView profile
Professor of Strategic Management; Director, Global Leadership Program; Director, India MBA and Executive MBA ProgramsView profile
Associate Professor of Strategic Management; Strategic Management Area CoordinatorView profile
Professor of Strategic Management; Newmont Endowed Chair in Business StrategyView profile
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The goal of the PhD program in Policy and Strategic Management is to train students to become productive scholars and teachers who can be placed at research-oriented universities upon graduation.
Placement of Recent Graduates
Hussein Fadlallah Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Doha Qatar campus Ramya Krishna Murthy Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship Area at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Jie (Jerry) Yang Assistant Professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA Shoeb Mohammad Assistant Professor, Lakehead University Mekki Macaulay Abdelwahab Senior Technical Cloud, Red Hat, & Open Source Strategy Advisor – Advisory & Consulting Canada · IBM Xin (Aurora) Liu Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Nada Basir Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo – Conrad Business Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre Wan Li Assistant Professor, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan Mohammad Keyhani Assistant Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
“Co-authoring with faculty here at Schulich has been instrumental in understanding the process of conducting high-quality research. ”
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Faculty members in the Policy area at Schulich are highly regarded in their areas of specialization and regularly publish in the top journal of the field, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Journal of International Business Studies, among others. York University and the Toronto area provide additional access to high calibre faculty and great research opportunities.
Nudrat Mahmood (2023), “A transactional perspective on Firms, consumers, and social institutions,” Organization Science (with Farjoun, M.)
Jie (Jerry) Yang (2023), “Bundle Up Before You Go: Toward a Bundle Approach to Product Categorization,” Journal of Management, 49(5): 1695-1737 (with Li, S. X.)
Shoeb Mohammad (2023), “The Effect of Skilled Labour Scarcity on Law-abiding Organizational Climates in Emerging Markets: Evidence from Mexico,” Journal of Business Research (with Husted, B.)
Xin (Aurora) Liu (Genin) (2023), “Board experiential diversity and corporate radical innovation,” Strategic Management Journal, 1– 24. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.3499 (with Ma, W., Bhagwat, V., Bernile, G.)
Mohammad Keyhani (2022), “Exploration-Exploitation and Acquisition Likelihood in New Ventures,” Small Business Economic, 58(3), 1475-1496. (with Deutsch, Y., Madhok, A. and M. Lévesque)
Nada Basir (2022), “Collective identity development amid institutional chaos: Boundary evolution in a women’s rights movement in post Gaddafi Libya,” Organization Studies 43 (10), 1607-1628 (with Ruebottom, T. and Auster, E.)
Trish Ruebottom (2022), “Collective identity development amid institutional chaos: Boundary evolution in a women’s rights movement in post Gaddafi Libya,” Organization Studies 43 (10), 1607-1628 (with Basir, N. and Auster, E.)
Xin (Aurora) Liu (Genin) (2022), “Relational assets or liabilities? Competition, collaboration, and firm intellectual property breakthrough in the Chinese high-speed train sector,” Journal of International Business Studies, 53(9), 1895-1923 (with Tan, J., & Song, J.)
Hussein Fadlallah (2021), “What We Talk About When We Talk About Stakeholders,” Business & Society, 00076503211053005. (with Johnson-Cramer, M. E., Phillips, R. A., H., Berman, S. L. and Elms, H.)
Ramya Krishna Murthy (2021), “Overcoming the Early-stage Conundrum of Digital Platform Ecosystem Emergence: A Problem-Solving Perspective,” Journal of Management Studies, 58(7), 1899–1932 https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12748 (with Madhok, A.)
Shoeb Mohammad (2021), “Innovation, Corruption, and Internationalization: Evidence from Firms in Emerging Economies,” Journal of Business Venturing Insights (with Husted, B.)
Xin (Aurora) Liu (Genin) (2021), “State governance and technological innovation in emerging economies: State-owned enterprise restructuration and institutional logic dissonance in China’s high-speed train sector,” Journal of International Business Studies, 52(4), 621-645 (with Tan, J. and Song, J.)
Xin (Aurora) Liu (Genin) (2021), “Interorganizational Knowledge Flows in Academia–Industry Collaboration: The Economic Impacts of Science-Based Firm Innovation,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, doi: 10.1109/TEM.2021.3066386 (with Lévesque, M.)
Hussein Fadlallah (2020), “Governance of Voice in Digital Platforms,” Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society (Vol. 31, pp. 24-36) (with Phillips, R. A.)
Wan Li (2020), “Disruptive innovation and technology ecosystem: The evolution of the intercohesive public–private collaboration network in Chinese telecommunication industry,” Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 57 (July-September) (with Tan, J., Wang L. and Zhang, H.)
Wan Li (2020), “Can You Do Kung Fu and Also Act? New Entrants’ Cross-Border Status Attainment in the Creative Industries,” Journal of World Business, 55(3) (with Shipilov, A. and Li, S.)
Shoeb Mohammad (2019), “Law‐abiding organizational climates in developing countries: The role of institutional factors and socially responsible organizational practices,” Business Ethics, Environment, and Responsibility (with Husted, B.W.)
Wan Li (2019), “Tapping into Agglomeration Benefits by Engaging in a Community of Practice”, 2019, with L. Wang and W. Helms, Strategic Organization, 18(4): 617-644 (with Wang, L. and Helms, W)
Wan Li (2019), “Strategic Choices of Exploration and Exploitation Alliances under Market Uncertainty,” Management Decision, 57(11): 3122-3133 (with Wang, L.)
Xin (Aurora) Liu (Genin) (2019), “Spoils from the spoiled: strategies for entering stigmatized markets,” Journal of Management Studies, 56: 1260-1286(with Slade Shantz, A., Fischer, E. and Lévesque, M.)
Recent Dissertation Topics
2022: Hussein Fadlallah – Governance and Responsibilities in the Context of Digital Platforms
2021: Ramya Krishna Murthy – Essays on Platform Sponsor Scope: Implications for Ecosystem Emergence and Growth
2020: Jie (Jerry) Yang – Strategic Categorization, Category Bundle, and Typecasting: Three Essays on Product Categorization
2019: Shoeb Mohammad – Antecedents, Wide-Spread Consequences, and Strategic Implications of Organizational Corruption
2018: Mekki Macaulay Abdelwahab – Determinants of Success of the Open Source Selective Revealing Strategy: Solution Knowledge Emergence
2018: Xin (Aurora) Liu – Strategically Poised: Balancing, Learning, and Innovating in Coopetition Three Essays on the Interplay Between Competition and Cooperation
2016: Nada Basir – Radical Institutional Innovation: A Multilevel Framework
2015: Wan Li – Ambidexterity in Strategic Alliances: How Do Firms Manage Exploration and Exploitation Alliances? An Examination of U.S. High Technology Industries from 1985 to 2009
2014: Mohammad Keyhani – Entrepreneurial Action and Entrepreneurial Rents
Current PhD students in the Policy Area:
as of Fall 2023
- Mohammad Boroumand
- Jueun Kim
- Hyeonchung Henry Lee
- Xuan Ma
- Nudrat Mahmood
- Qasim Saddique
- Pouyan Tabasi Nejad
- Diya Yang