Doctoral Programs

The Strategic Management Concentration 

Other Requirements

Qualifying Exam - The qualifying exam occurs after the student's first year and consists of two components: (1) a portfolio of the student's first year of work in the program; and (2) a summer paper which is to have an empirical requirement. Both the portfolio and the summer paper are evaluated by the strategy faculty for satisfactory progress. Each of these components of the qualifying exam is due during the summer after a student's first year. The portfolio is due by the end of May while the summer paper is due prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Comprehensive Exam - The comprehensive exam consists of two sections. The first is a full day, in-house exam comprised of three questions addressing organizational behavior, organizational theory, and strategy. Two days following the completion of the in-house portion, a 48 hour take-home will be given consisting of two questions addressing the student's specialty area of study and research methods. The answers will be evaluated by a comprehensive exam committee assembled by the student, consisting of two strategy faculty members (one of which will act as Chair), plus three additional members representing the areas of organizational behavior, organizational theory, and research methods. The comprehensive exam committee reserves the option for an oral exam if there are issues surrounding the student's answers. Comprehensive exams will be offered twice a year on or near the 3rd week of August and the 3rd week of January.

Colloquium - All strategy Ph.D. students are required to take this non-credit, professional colloquium for their first two years in the program. Each semester, the colloquium focuses on topics of relevance to the student's socialization into the field of management (e.g., the publication process, job search process, scholarly review process, etc.).

Dissertation - After successfully completing the comprehensive examination, the student must propose, conduct, and defend a piece of original research under the guidance of a dissertation committee. The committee, assembled by the student, is typically comprised of four professors with a record of scholarly publication in the area relevant to the student's dissertation topic. A student first submits a dissertation proposal to the committee. Once the proposal is approved, the student conducts the research and defends the completed dissertation before the committee.