The Department of Strategy and Policy lends strategic, economic and legal perspectives to business issues in its teaching and research, while demonstrating their relevance to Asia.
There are several clusters in which the department engages research including:
Firms, Governance and Institutions
- Diversification, business groups and firm performance
- Government-business ties, state-owned enterprises and the role of the state
- Ownership, governance and leadership of family businesses
- Economics of organisation and management across institutional environments
Business and Competition
- The governance of domestic firms and MNCs
- Industry and market structures, competitive dynamics and firm performance
- Internationalisation, market entry and foreign direct investment
- Alliances, alliance portfolios and inter-firm cooperation
Technology and Innovation
- Technology, entrepreneurship and innovation across institutional environments
- Knowledge development and organisational learning
- Technical human resource management, mobility and outcomes
- Intellectual property, protection and trade secrecy across institutional environments
BZD6000 – Applied Economics
This course covers the practical applications of microeconomic theory needed by students in the PhD program in business. Topics include individual decision-making, competitive markets, risk aversion, and the theory of the firm. The course centres on the underlying economic intuition rather complex mathematics. However, this course provides a rigorous analysis of applied economics using basic algebra and calculus tools.
BZD6003 – Applied Econometrics I
This course covers the theoretical and practical concerns in testing real world business data. The basic building blocks of empirical research design and identification are covered. This introductory course centres on how to use observational data to test for causal relationships.
BZD6006 – Organization Theory
The seminar in Organizational Theory provides the students with a broad overview of the field as well as an in-depth look at the current debates and the emerging picture in the field. We will read and discuss classical organizational sociology and the emergent fields such as organizational economics, institutional theory, network theory and organizational ecology. The students will be expected to engage in independent reading, interpretation and debate. During the semester, the students will submit two short papers on topics of their choice, and a final term paper with an integrative theme. This paper should demonstrate a deep understanding of the material, an ability to integrate literature, and independent conceptual development.
BBP6781 – Theory in Strategic Management
This seminar surveys the major theoretical perspectives and issues studied in strategic management research. The course draws upon theoretical perspectives from economics, sociology and organization theory to supplement more traditional strategy approaches towards understanding firm performance and related issues. An illustrative list of the issues addressed in strategy research includes identifying the profit potential of industries, exploring relationships between firm resources, behaviour and performance, and understanding the managerial and organizational determinants of firm level outcomes. Many of the issues examined, for example, vertical integration, firm diversification, industry structure, and inter-organizational cooperation, are also common themes in other disciplines such as industrial organization economics, marketing, and organizational and economic sociology.
BBP6782A – Seminar in Corporate Strategy
This doctoral seminar is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical research related to technology and innovation. We will focus on understanding and evaluating the literature that addresses the creation of innovations and appropriating value from them including the incentives and processes of resource allocation, the invention process within firms, the knowledge and resource sourcing strategies, and factors affecting the firm’s ability to appropriate value from its innovations. We will cover seminal articles as well as current research in this area.
BBP6782B – Seminar in Behavioral Strategic Management
This seminar addresses strategic decision making processes such as satisficing, logical incrementalism. Topics include entrepreneurial, planning and adaptive models as well as organizational learning. Involvement of organizational members and strategy as an outcome of bargaining and negotiating among factions are also covered.
BBP6791 – Seminar in International Business
This course focuses on research in international business – especially international business strategy and foreign direct investment. The objectives of this course are three-fold: to discuss past and current research in these areas, to aid students when framing and designing research projects in these areas, and to challenge the current state of knowledge in the field & discuss avenues for future research.
BBP6793 Economic Modeling for Management Research
This course introduces contemporary economic analytical tools and concepts to strategy Ph.D. students. It begins with basic game theory and information economics models and concepts. The course then introduces their applications in diverse managerial scenarios, such as product competition, pricing strategies, R&D competition and cooperation, advertising, product differentiation, merger and acquisition, and internal organization. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to apply these modelling skills to research managerial issues in strategy.
BBP6794 – Seminar in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Special Topics in this seminar surveys the core conceptual issues in innovation and entrepreneurship research, examines the key theoretical approaches for addressing these issues, and reviews the major past and current research work that have made significant contribution to our understanding of these issues. The seminar will draw on the core disciplines of economics, sociology, strategy and organizational behaviour and apply them to identify and answer key questions in innovation and entrepreneurship.
BBP6880 – Special Topics in Strategy Research I
Pre-requisite BBP6781 Theory in Strategic Management
This graduate seminar presents current, ongoing research streams in the field of strategy. Each session will focus on the recent evolution of a stream of research in strategy, considering both theoretical and empirical perspectives. May be repeated for credit.
The principal objective of this seminar is to keep students up to date with recent advanced scholarship into strategy. The seminar also aims to develop skills, which are useful when pursuing an academic career, such as synthesizing research, understanding research designs, and building theories. This seminar builds upon BBP6781 Theory of Strategic Management which surveys the major theoretical perspectives and issues in strategic management research and familiarize students with more recent and more advanced topics in strategy research.