This PhD specialisation is developed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills which enable them to produce important and original research of high quality.
The PhD specialisation in Strategic Management provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to produce relevant and original research within strategy and related fields. We target motivated and capable individuals, looking to pursue international academic careers at the premier level. The programme encompasses the fields of strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation, covering different theoretical perspectives on the micro and macro level. The specialisation adheres to an open and pluralistic view of research and provides a basis for developing a mature and critical attitude towards research in strategic management. The specialisation is well-rounded and covers both contemporary theoretical and methodological issues.
Successfully graduated Doctorate candidates will have acquired, among others:
- In-depth knowledge on a wide array of topic areas in strategic management and the ability to discuss and analyse contemporary business issues within these fields
- Focused knowledge at the frontier within their specialised field and the ability to lead standalone or team-based research initiatives
- The ability to critically discuss, analyse and evaluate business problems and the skill to present the resulting opinions in front of researchers, students and businesspeople
- Applied methodological skills for the analysis of large quantitative & qualitative data sets and the ability to critically evaluate methodologies based on theoretical best practices
- An international network within the academic community that will help to foster their career on a national and international level
department of Strategic Management
The PhD specialisation in Strategic Management builds on the research competence of the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, which aims to be among Europe’s leading research departments within strategy and entrepreneurship. The department is research-oriented and aims to produce research that makes a difference for both the business environment and the academic community. The department has a strong track record of publications in top journals, while providing relevant education to the Norwegian business community and internationally with appointments at IMD (Switzerland), Fudan (China) and Tsinghua (China) amongst others.
Currently around 10 PhD candidates work at the department. For further questions about the programme and their perceptions of what it takes to be a successful contributor to the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, please feel free to reach out to them through the faculty webpages.
You can read more about the Department of Strategic Management here.
Helene Loe Colman
Associate Professor - Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Areas of Research
- Business models and value creation
- Corporate Strategy
- International business
- Knowledge creation and innovation
- Strategy process and practice
The department also engages and encourages interdisciplinary research e.g. network and behavioural perspectives in international business, and entrepreneurship in corporate strategy through corporate venturing.
Distinguishing Features of the Specialisation
The PhD programme is a four-year programme. The next cohort commences in August 2019 and is expected to successfully complete the programme by September 2023. During the first year, PhD candidates are expected to take courses that enhance their understanding of core strategic issues and methodologies, to conduct high quality research. These courses can be extended and complemented with elective courses during the rest of the PhD. By the second year, the PhD candidates are expected to have developed their own research ideas and look for venues e.g. conferences and workshops to present these ideas and communicate with world-renowned academics in the field. During the third year, the candidates continue to focus their research output. A period of stay abroad in prestigious and relevant universities for the area of research (e.g. University of California, Berkeley or SCANCOR center at Stanford University) is encouraged. During this period, PhD candidates are trained in teaching techniques to deliver superior learning to students at all levels. In the fourth year, PhD candidates finish the research related to their dissertation and are encouraged to submit their research papers to top level journals in the discipline. While the timeline for the different activities is flexible, all PhD candidates should develop research papers, disseminate research outputs to various audiences (e.g. researchers and businesses) and deliver excellent teaching, throughout their time at BI.
Top business schools worldwide have welcomed PhD graduates from BI’s Strategy area. Recent placements include, among others, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Grenoble School of Management and Alliance Manchester Business School.
All PhD candidates receive financial support when accepted into the programme. The candidates are hired as full-time employees on an initial four-year contract. Continuation of the support through the four years of the program is dependent on good standing and regular progress towards completing the programme’s requirements. PhD candidates are entitled to full parental leave and health insurance, and are part of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The workplace is BI Norwegian Business School at its main campus in Oslo.
Below you will find an overview of the courses included in the programme and when they are offered.
How to apply
A PhD from BI can be a gateway to prestigious placements at universities around the world. Below are examples of positions obtained by recent graduates of BI's PhD programme.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like further information about our PhD programme.