Strategic Management

The PhD concentration in Strategic Management (SGM) is a full-time program that prepares students for academic careers at major research universities. The program, which is built around coursework in Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Global Business, adopts an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of these areas. Ongoing research in the department includes work on inter-organizational relationships, knowledge structures that undergird innovation, technological innovations, corporate venture capital, disruptive innovations, industry emergence, venture capital syndication, global knowledge flows, and emerging multinationals.

SGM faculty members have editorial board appointments at leading academic journals such as the

Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of International Business Studies. Many have been recognized through research awards, including the “Best Paper of the Decade” and “Best Paper of the Year” from the Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Academy of Management Journal. In addition, faculty members perform high-visibility leadership roles in professional organizations such as the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and the Academy of International Business. Our vibrant visiting scholars’ program and research seminar series attract top scholars from the U.S. and around the world, and the SGM department is home to the Institute of Global Management Studies, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

Under guidance from our faculty, Strategic Management PhD students explore a wide range of topical issues. Our students regularly present in premier international conferences, and our alumni currently hold faculty positions in reputable institutions such as the Univ. of Miami, George Mason University, Rutgers University and the Indian School of Business.

For more information please consult the Strategic Management Department website and program promotional materials.


Financial Aid

All students admitted to this program are considered for full financial support for up to five years. Funding typically comes in the form of research or teaching assistantship and includes full tuition and a competitive stipend. The funding is renewable every year, subject to adequate progress and annual evaluations. Students who apply before the January 15 deadline will also be considered for Temple University’s prestigious university fellowships.


Fall Year 1
Required
  • BA 9100 — Math Preparation (August)
  • BA 9101a and/or BA 9101b — Business Statistics I
  • BA 9103 — Theory of Choice
  • SGM9001 — Strategy 1 (concentration seminar)
  • BA 9002 — Philosophy of Science
Spring Year 1
Required
  • SGM9003 — Strategy 2 (concentration seminar)
  • SGM9090 — Special Topics: Applied Econometrics
  • BA 9001 — Organization and Management Theory
  • BA 9105 — Business Econometrics I
  • Choose faculty mentor (by August)
Exams
  • Screening Exam (June)
  • Research Proposal (August)

Fall Year 2
Required
  • SGM9212 — Management of Technology and Innovation
  • BA 9106 — Business Econometrics II
Elective
  • BA 9207 — Quantitative Research Methods II (OR) other non-SGM elective
  • BA 9003 — Seminar in Organizational Behavior (OR) other non-SGM elective
Spring Year 2
Required
  • SGM9211 — Theoretical Foundations of Entrepreneurship (concentration seminar)
  • IB9001 — Theories of International Business
  • BA9102 — Business Statistics II
Elective
  • BA 9104 — Game Theory (OR) BA 9202 — Qualitative Research Methods
Exams
  • Research Paper Requirement (by August)

Fall Year 3
Exams
  • Preliminary Exam (in mid-October)
Spring Year 3
  • Work on Dissertation Proposal

Fall Year 4
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
Spring Year 4
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense (if not completed in Fall semester)
  • Work on Dissertation (until Dissertation Defense)
  • Enter the job market (by August)

Fall Year 5
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Work on Dissertation (until Dissertation Defense)
Spring Year 5
  • Dissertation Defense (if not completed in Fall semester)


Susan Feinberg

Concentration Advisor: Susan Feinberg

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Economic Policy and U.S. Multinational Firms
Office: Alter Hall 555
Email: feinberg@temple.edu


Masaaki Kotabe

Masaaki Kotabe

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Global sourcing strategy/supply chain management, International marketing, and Product development
Office: Alter Hall 559
Email: mkotabe@temple.edu


Ram	Mudambi

Ram Mudambi

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Emerging Market Catch Up Processes, Renewable Energy Industries, Multinational Corporations
Office: Alter Hall 549
Email: r.mudambi@temple.edu


Sheryl Winston Smith

Sheryl Winston Smith

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Office: Alter Hall 540
Email: swsmith@temple.edu



Hongryol Cha

Hongryol Cha

Email: hongryol.cha@temple.edu

I am a Ph.D. student in the Strategic Management department at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. I hold a M.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Ajou University. Before joining the doctoral program at Temple, I worked for Hyundai Oilbank, an oil refinery company in South Korea, as an accountant in the Finance and Accounting department. My research interests are strategic alliances and knowledge transfer, competitive dynamics, entrepreneurship, and the effects of social and economic networks on organizational performance.

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Laura Gasiorowski

Laura Gasiorowski

Email: laura.gasiorowski@temple.edu

Laura is a doctoral student in the Strategic Management department. She holds a BA in Management from Towson University. Her research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate attention to stakeholders, and Benefit Corporations. She is currently working as a research assistant to Professor Seok-Woo Kwon and Professor Sheryl Winston-Smith.

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Jung Kwan Kim

Jung Kwan Kim

Email: jung.kwan.kim@temple.edu

Jung Kwan Kim is a Ph.D. Student in the Strategic Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at the Fox, he worked as an in-house strategy consultant for one of the biggest telecommunications companies, focusing on critical corporate decisions and innovative new business development. His various consulting projects have left some fundamental questions unanswered. Jung Kwan must ask: Why did many firms face the demise of business even though it had faithfully employed some traditionally-venerated competition strategies? What really makes a company outperform others before the uncertainty of technological, economic, political, and social turbulences? These questions have inspired Jung Kwan to establish new principles and models that can fundamentally influence firms’ business practices and help them find better ways to sustain success. To fulfill this goal, Jung Kwan has decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Strategic Management at the Fox.

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Seojin Kim

Seojin Kim

Email: seojin.kim@temple.edu

I am a doctoral student in strategic management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. My current research interests include innovation, disruptive environment, firm's ownership structure. I hold a Master of Science in business administration (major: strategic management) from Seoul National University and a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bacholor of Arts in consumer studies from Seoul National University. I am currently working as a research assistant to Professor MB Sarkar and Professor Mudambi. Before joining Fox, I worked at a telecomunication company based in Seoul as a manager in finance department.

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Won Kyung (Alice) Min

Won Kyung (Alice) Min

Email: wonkyung.min@temple.edu

Alice is a doctoral candidate in the department of Strategic Management. Her research interests include technology and innovation management, industry evolution and the knowledge structure of technology firms. She is working as a research assistant for Professor MB Sarkar.

She holds an MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh, UK and a BA in Economics and Chemistry from the University of Chicago. Before joining the PhD program at Temple, she worked for the Export-Import Bank of Korea in export credit and investment banking teams.

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Sung Namkung

Sung Namkung

Email: sung.namkung@temple.edu

Sung Namkung is a Ph.D. student in Strategic Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. His research interests include knowledge structure, knowledge transfer and technological innovation, with a focus on the renewable energy industry. Sung holds a MS in Management from University of California at Berkeley, a MA in Statistics from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Yonsei University. He had professional work experience at Samsung Insurance Co.


Anna Pak

Email: a.pak@temple.edu

Anna is a doctoral student in Strategic Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Her current research interests include Technology Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge transfer, and Strategic Alliances. She is currently working as a research assistant for Professor MB Sarkar. Before joining the PhD program at Fox, she worked in a hedge fund firm (a single equity quant fund) as a Marketing & Sales officer in London, UK and then co-founded a venture start-up in Seoul, South Korea. Anna holds a Master of Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BA in Business Administration & E-business from Kyunghee University.

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