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Strategy & Innovation

A doctoral degree from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business prepares you to pursue a faculty career at a research-oriented academic institution. Faculty enjoy high salaries, autonomy, an intellectually stimulating job, and the opportunity to teach and work with bright students. Individuals interested in taking leadership positions in business or government should consider some of Georgia Tech’s other programs such as the MBA or specialized master’s degree programs.

The field of strategy is concerned with explaining and predicting firm-level differences in performance. The intersection between strategy and innovation is particularly fertile because of the growing role of innovation-based products and processes, and the critical role technological capabilities play as a source of competitive advantage. The intersection between strategy and innovation is also particularly relevant for technology-based new ventures. The areas of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship offer excellent job prospects for PhD graduates.

We are one of the leading academic groups with a research focus specifically on the intersection of strategy and innovation. Our PhD program emphasizes the early involvement of students in research projects with internationally recognized faculty. Students can customize their curriculum by selecting from courses offered at Georgia Tech and top-tier partner institutions and they have access to outstanding research infrastructure such as a Census Research Data Center. Given the small size of the program, we place a strong emphasis on mentorship, allowing students to learn from a diverse faculty.

Our research is interdisciplinary, often applying economic thinking and integrating insights from other areas such as sociology, psychology, and management. Faculty members publish in high-impact management journals such as Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal as well as in top journals in related fields such as Science, Nature, RAND Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Our faculty hold positions as journal editors and members of editorial boards, leadership positions in professional associations, and research appointments at highly selected bodies such as the National Bureau of Economic Research. Faculty members regularly share their knowledge with managers and entrepreneurs and have been invited to join as policy advisers to the Council of Economic Advisors and Committees of the National Academies. We encourage potential applicants to explore faculty profiles and ongoing research projects.

We host, co-sponsor, and participate in leading research conferences on Strategy & Innovation such as the Roundtable for Engineering Entrepreneurship Research (REER) and the Consortium for Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC). Our weekly research seminar attracts presenters from institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Max Planck Institute. PhD students actively participate in these events, providing them with opportunities to learn from internationally leading scholars and to grow into the professional community.

We fully fund all admitted students for at least five years, including a tuition waiver and a stipend to cover living expenses. Successful program completion will require a significant investment of time and effort, which is most likely to pay off for students with a clear interest in a research-oriented faculty career.

We currently accept applications for the academic year starting in August 2020.
The application deadline is January 6.
Please contact the Strategy & Innovation PhD coordinator, Associate Professor Alex Oettl for any remaining questions.

Review the application package and further information