Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School (recently rated in the top 10 in terms of research nationwide) addresses the external relations between the organization and its environment as well as the internal processes of organizational adaptation and change. Our PhD. program draws on world-renowned scholars in strategic management, entrepreneurship, international business, and innovation. We seek to prepare students to conduct high level research in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and related areas in management. We encourage students to develop deep expertise in a foundational field such as economics, sociology, social psychology, or other related fields that complement their core areas of study. Students develop an individualized program of study and work closely with faculty on developing research and teaching skills.

Message from Shaker Zahra, SME Department Chair

The Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship (SME) department at the Carlson School of Management is the home of some of the field’s most eminent thought leaders. Known for their path breaking, creative and rigorous research, SME faculty examine issues related to strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and theory, technology management, social responsibility, ethics, and international management. The PhD program in SME gives students an unequalled opportunity to work with and learn from their field’s best established leaders, while taking advantage of the rich resources offered by other departments in the Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota and our vibrant business community. We place our students in the best research universities in the US and around the globe.

PhD Coordinator

Mary Benner

Professor Mary Benner

Contact Professor Benner for program questions.

Professor Benner

Alumni Perspective

Darcy Fudge

"...the SME PhD program provides the ideal foundation for a successful academic career.  From the first moment, it was apparent the faculty actively seeks students to assist them with research. The faculty members want to engage you in research right from the beginning."

- Darcy Fudge Kamal, 2012, Chapman University