Research in Corporate Strategy



In this course we will focus on a core sub-field of strategy, corporate strategy, which has the following defining question: "What businesses should the firm compete in, and how should resources be allocated across those businesses?" Corporate strategy comprises an inter-related set of three key phenomena and associated research; value creation (e.g., diversification and vertical integration), scope (e.g., mergers and acquisitions), and execution (e.g., role of the corporate office). While corporate strategy is often studied purely as a "content" field, we will adopt an integrative content-process orientation in this course. Our approach will also be evidence-based, in that we'll make a conscious attempt to understand and use systematic review tools, such as meta-analyses, to arrive at a sophisticated understanding of the corporate strategy literature.