Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Strategy & Entrepreneurship is designed to prepare you for an academic and research career in the interdisciplinary study of how firms create, capture, and sustain value. A unique feature of the program is its emphasis on multidisciplinary theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of strategy and entrepreneurship.

Typical Coursework

Foundational courses:

  • Economic foundations of strategy
  • Corporate strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

Methodology classes:

  • Econometrics
  • Qualitative research methods

Disciplinary courses in:

  • Economics
  • Sociology


  • Strategy & International Business Speaker Series featuring globally renowned researchers
  • Teaching and professional development
Alumni Highlights
  • Martin Ganco, University of Wisconsin
  • Denisa Mindruta, HEC Paris
  • John Mawdsley, HEC Paris
Recent Placements
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • University of South Carolina
Irwin Doctoral Hall

Areas of Faculty Research

Highlights of Faculty-Student Collaboration

Recent Publication Outlets

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Management Science
  • Organization Science
  • Research Policy
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Strategic Management Review
  • Strategy Science

Faculty Editorial Boards

  • Organization Science
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Strategic Management Review
  • Strategy Science

Recent Faculty Awards & Leadership Positions

Hear from PhD students and alumni

"I am grateful to the Gies PhD Program in Strategy and Entrepreneurship for shaping me as a scholar and teacher and for preparing me to be competitive in the academic world. Throughout my doctoral journey, I have received a great deal of attention and support from my advisor, faculty, and administrative staff, who have always gone the extra mile to assist me in my dissertation research, teaching, conference travel, and other needs."

Valerie Isakova, Current PhD Student

"The PhD program at Gies College of Business offers a unique environment where doctoral students find a truly supportive, friendly, and intellectually inspiring atmosphere. The collegial and interdisciplinary environment at Gies provided me with wonderful opportunities to interact with faculty members and PhD students from different disciplines."

Hyeonsuh Lee, PhD ’22
Assistant Professor, West Virginia University