PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

We are eager to help jumpstart the careers of promising PhD candidates pursuing high-impact research in strategic management and entrepreneurship!  Our doctoral programme combines gaining an in-depth understanding of core strategy topics, developing a thorough command of different research methods and skills, and hands-on training of getting high-impact research published. Joining the PhD programme means joining a department with a highly collaborative and cutting-edge research culture in which faculty members and PhD candidates work on topics that cover nearly all domains of the wider strategic management and entrepreneurship fields.

Every academic year, we admit about three internally and several externally funded, promising doctoral candidates, who follow a range of doctoral courses, work on joint and supervised papers, and hold conference or workshop presentations. The Department welcomes excellent candidates from diverse disciplinary and national backgrounds. We look for highly motivated candidates with a strong research orientation, as evidenced, for example, by an intriguing master thesis or research article.


Why join the RSM Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship PhD?

  • The PhD programme offers candidates a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge and smart research skills in a broad range of strategy and entrepreneurship topics. Our researchers share a passion for rigorous academic research, covering topics that are highly relevant to the business community and society at large. The strong research culture consistently leads to publications in top-tier management and organization journals.

  • With over 30 faculty members, we cover variety of topics in the area of strategic management and entrepreneurship particularly in areas such as: strategy, organization, and governance; strategic entrepreneurship; strategy, knowledge, and innovation; global strategy; and behavioural strategy and entrepreneurial behavior.

  • Our researchers have very diverse national and cultural identities. Faculty and PhD candidates originate from countries such as Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, and the United States. Furthermore, scholars from around the world regularly visit the department, which further enhances the exchange of rich insights.

  • PhD candidates work together with faculty in teams or platforms to formulate and implement highly impactful research. PhD candidates collaborate with their supervisors and others who share an interest in the focal topics.

  • Internally and externally funded PhD candidates receive a salary to fully cover their cost of living. The ERIM research institute also offers generous funding for attending courses and conferences as well as for research visits across the world.

  • Graduates from our Department have developed successful careers at academic institutes across the world, including BI Norwegian Business School, ETH Zurich, HEC, INSEAD, McGill University, Monash University, Renmin University, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick, and the University of Western Australia.


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