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Our faculty members conduct research on a variety of issues related to Strategy and Organization:

  • We intentionally have faculty from multiple disciplines, including sociology, economics, history, political science, and management.
  • Our faculty employ a variety of research approaches, from inductive ethnography to archival studies to simulation and quantitative methods.
  • Similarly, our research questions address a range of phenomena related to corporate, business, competitive, and collaborative strategies; organization theory; international business; innovation; strategies of enterprises in developing and transition economies; and the environmental and social impacts of business.

Below are samples of some ongoing research projects:

Research Project 1 - Emergence and Evolution of Industries

Professors Jeroen Struben and Peter Younkin conduct research on the role of technological, political, and social change in shaping organizational forms and industries. This includes questions of how markets are shaped through the co-evolution of organizational capabilities, consumer acceptance, complementarities, and the institutional environment. Empirically, this has been investigated in the pharmaceutical industry and in alternative energy markets.

Research Project 2 - Institutions and Entrepreneurship

Professor Robert David's research investigates two key questions: How do institutions affect entrepreneurial behavior and outcomes? And, how does entrepreneurial activity foster institutional change? With doctoral students and colleagues, these questions have been investigated in multiple contexts, including the management consulting industry and the Quebec cheese, wine, and ice-cider markets.

Research Project 3 - Mergers and Acquisitions

Professor Abhirup Chakrabarti’s research draws from the evolutionary and managerial theories of the firm to argue that firms elevate their risk of failure with spatially dispersed horizontal acquisition programs, especially during their initial acquisitions. Results from the US chemical industry suggest that acquirers can overcome such risks by following spatially compact patterns of expansion, or by using intermediaries to support acquisitions.

Members of the Strategy and Organization discipline are also actively involved in the Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations.

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