Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus 120 credits in research methods training or, ideally, a masters degree in Research Methods (MRes), which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.
Months of entry
Research in strategic management aims to extend theory and to inform managerial practice through projects spanning: managing strategically across borders; strategic issues arising from globalisation; strategic management in practice; capability renewal and strategic turnaround; and the non-market (political and social) context of strategy. Research is particularly strong in the areas of international strategy, non-market strategy and strategy-as-practice.
Strategy research is broad, but includes key aspects of organisation theory such as strategic decision making, strategic change and implementation and the roles of complexity and politics in the strategy process. Focused strategy research can apply to specific topics such as mergers and acquisitions or to particular sectors of the economy such as air transport or non-profit organisations. Strategy research also extends to investigating the structures and processes of top teams and Boards of Directors.
Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the following. We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:
- Managing across borders: strategy process and practice in international firms
- M&A strategy
- Trade association strategy and influence
- Political risk and international market entry strategy
- Non-market strategy process and practice (including corporate political activity and corporate social responsibility)
- Innovation interdependencies and capability development in manufacturing firms.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Claire Wylde
- +44 (0)1908 332311