Research course

Strategy

Institution
Open University · The Open University Business School
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

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

October

Course content

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.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Claire Wylde
Email
oubs-research@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 332311