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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.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil

Fees:

For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and a Masters degree. Ideally we require 120 credits in research methods training. Where candidates do not have such training we can offer a Masters degree in Research Methods (MRes) which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.

Potential research projects

Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the following. We also welcome part-time and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:

  • Global strategy implementation
  • Managing across borders: strategy process and practice in international firms
  • Strategy-as-practice
  • M&A strategy
  • Trade association strategy and influence
  • Political risk and international market entry strategy
  • Non-market strategy process and practice
  • Innovation interdependencies and capability development in manufacturing.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Debby Hing
Email:
oubs-research@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 655272

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.