Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
PHD070 (AF:261052 AR:153530)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Corso di Dottorato (D.M.45)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The course is designed to expose PhD students to a broad foundation in strategic management research. The course will offer an introduction to the range of research on strategic management, from the theoretical to the empirical, and from the classic to the current. At the heart of the course will be our ability to explain performance differences between firms within and across industries. Readings in each session incorporate a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches, giving students an opportunity to explore different ways of pursuing answers to some of the same questions, and also helping students to develop a portfolio of theories and methods.

A. Each student should develop an understanding of the key theories, issues, and contributions in the field of strategic management.
B. Each student should develop the skills necessary to evaluate, critique, and ultimately contribute to the literature on strategic management.
C. Each student should develop at least one creative idea to be developed into a research paper to be sent to the instructor at the end of the course.
D. Each student should develop an awareness and knowledge of alternative approaches used in empirical research in strategic management. Students should take note of various empirical settings, common and unique datasets, and the research methods employed.
Only for students enrolled in the PhD program.
- Description of the historical development of the strategy field
- The structure of research articles in strategic management: from the abstract to conclusions
- Industry structure, strategy and performance
- Resource-based view
- Imitation theories
- Competitive dynamics and temporary advantage
- Diversification and vertical integration
Most of the course material will consist of journal articles. They are available through the Ca’ Foscari BEC online library system.
The syllabus with the list of readings will be sent to students one week before the beginning of the course.
The course will be taught using a seminar style. The course is interactive and based on the discussion of a selection of papers. It is therefore vital that students come to every class, prepared and ready to contribute. Good participation includes asking questions, raising original ideas, making constructive comments, and having a positive attitude toward learning. Each student is expected to read all of the required readings for the week. The instructor will guide the discussion and introduce the theme of the seminar but will not be the main contributor to the discussion.

More details on the course preparation will be given on the first class of the course.
Frontal lectures.
The course will be taught using a seminar style. The course is interactive and based on the discussion of a selection of papers.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 21/06/2017