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Doctor of Business Administration
Strategy and Innovation:
This department is distinguis...
Strategy and Innovation DBA Requirements
The Strategy and Innovation Department requires that doctoral students successful...
Completion of the DBA Program requires writing and orally defending both the dissertation proposal and the
Department of Strategy and Innovation Faculty

Iain Cockburn                                                   Assistant ...
examining subjects such as high technology contractors,       Management Review. Prof. Suarez has significant expertise
Professor Wang joined SMG in 2009, after completing his         ‘creative destructions’: the positive one of knowledge
Doctor of Business Administration Program

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  1. 1. Program Information 2009-2010 Doctor of Business Administration Strategy and Innovation: This department is distinguished from others by its focus on how firms generate performance advantages over their competitors. This involves the study of both internal, firm-specific, pressures as well as the influence of external, environmental, contexts. We place particular emphasis on the study of innovation in different kinds of organizations and the role that technological change plays in creating new industries, shaping existing ones, and influencing firms’ choices of market entry-exit and inter-organizational relationships. The department faculty are a highly motivated group of scholars engaged in multi-disciplinary research with foundations in economics, sociology, organization theory, corporate strategy, and entrepreneurship. What binds us together is our passion for understanding the competitive nature and dynamics of markets, and the strategic and innovative initiatives undertaken by competitors. These initiatives may involve various functional areas, such as marketing, finance, production, and human resources, as well as multiple actors such as suppliers, buyers, complementors, governments, shareholders, and institutions. Our faculty are engaged in research in a variety of areas related to these central strategy concerns: management of innovation, technological disruption, intellectual property, collaboration across people and organizations, corporate strategy, alliances and acquisitions, entrepreneurship and new venture strategy, organization and reorganization, standards setting, network- and platform-based competition, social and ethical concerns, governance systems, and globalization. The Faculty Profiles below highlight specific research interests. The department invites applications for doctoral studies from individuals interested in pursuing research closely related to those of the faculty. A typical program of study involves participation in several major strategy and innovation seminars, minor disciplinary area seminars, and methodology training to shape and pursue an effective research agenda. Students are mentored by faculty and are involved in research assistantships that help guide students to formulate their dissertation proposals. The key milestones include passing qualifying exams after the second year of course work, writing a second year research paper, defending a dissertation proposal, and passing the final dissertation defense. These steps involve theory development and focusing on a research question, design of a research agenda and formulating the contribution to the field, collecting and analyzing data, and discussing the implications of the research findings. As a school of management, we emphasize the translation of studying and testing theories into some form of practical application. Our doctoral students, though rigorously trained in theory and methods, must also perform some teaching as part of their program. As a result of this broad training, our graduates are highly qualified for academic careers encompassing research and teaching as well as for professional careers back in industry. Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010
  2. 2. Strategy and Innovation DBA Requirements The Strategy and Innovation Department requires that doctoral students successfully complete the following work: Management Foundation Course Work Students are expected to have completed graduate courses in management prior to pursuing doctoral studies. For example, receiving an MBA degree or equivalent degree within the past five years from an AACSB-accredited program meets this requirement. Students without such training or those who earned an MBA six years ago or longer must take, in addition to the sixteen courses described below, four management foundation courses in areas other than management policy or pass waiver examinations. The ultimate determination rests with the faculty. Major Area Course Work Strategy and Innovation DBA students must complete a minimum of four advanced strategy and innovation courses. These typically include doctoral seminars that cover major theoretical concepts of strategy and innovation, recent empirical studies in the filed, theories of organizations and environments, or advanced elective courses such as international management, entrepreneurship, or one-on-one directed studies with individual faculty. Minor Area Course Work This requirement includes completion of four courses in a related area of interest, chosen by the student in consultation with his or her advisor. These courses may be taken within other School of Management departments, other graduate programs within the university, and may include directed studies. Examples of minor areas of concentration include business economics, sociology, organization theory, or international management. Research Methodology Course Work Students must complete four advanced methodology courses that typically include multivariate data analysis and experimental design. These courses are chosen in consultation with the faculty. Other Course Work Students are also expected to take courses on the principles of scholarly research, a teaching and learning seminar, as well as various electives that are chosen in consultation with their advisors. Research Papers All students work with faculty to prepare a publishable paper during the course of the program. This paper may be an extension of a paper that fulfills a course requirement. It is expected that a suitable first draft of this research paper is submitted at the end of the second year. Qualifying Examinations Upon satisfactory completion of all course requirements and the research paper, the student is eligible to sit for the qualifying examination. This examination has both written and oral components and is conducted by a committee of three faculty members appointed by the Department. The exam is designed to accomplish four objectives: 1) to test knowledge and understanding of the literature and research in strategy and innovation 2) to assess a student’s ability to apply the literature to issues, research topics and practical problems 3) to understand the relationship between the core literature of the field and sub-fields 4) to evaluate a student’s ability to explore and articulate implications of theory and research as these relate to a potential dissertation topic Successful completion of the required course work should be viewed as a necessary but not sufficient condition for preparation for these examinations. Additional reading and thought is required beyond course work. Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010
  3. 3. Dissertation Completion of the DBA Program requires writing and orally defending both the dissertation proposal and the completed dissertation itself. The dissertation must be based on original investigation that makes a substantive contribution to knowledge in the field of Strategy and Innovation. Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010
  4. 4. Department of Strategy and Innovation Faculty Iain Cockburn Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation Everett V. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar Professor Grodal joined the faculty in 2007 after Professor of Strategy and Innovation completing her PhD at Stanford. Dr. Grodal’s research Professor Cockburn works in the areas of business interests include the emergence of new industries, strategy, industrial organization, intellectual property, and management of labeling, identity and image of a firm or a economics of innovation. He graduated from the field. She currently examines how executives use labels to University of London in 1984, and completed his PhD in position their firms within emerging markets, the use of economics at Harvard University in 1990. Prior to joining ambiguity to form political coalitions, and how firms BU, he was the Van Dusen Professor of Business respond to changes in the public perception of their Administration in the Faculty of Commerce the University products. Prof. Grodal is especially interested in the of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate at the nanotechnology and tobacco industries. Her research is National Bureau of Economic Research, and a former among others published by Oxford University Press and Associate Editor of Management Science and Coeditor of the Journal of Economic Issues. Prior to her doctoral work, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. Dr. Grodal earned a BA and MA in psychology at the Professor Cockburn has published widely in leading University of Copenhagen, Denmark. journals in economics and management. Among his most highly cited papers are "Measuring Competence: Samina Karim Exploring Firm Effects in Pharmaceutical Research" in Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation Strategic Management Journal, "Generics and New Goods Professor Karim joined the faculty of SMG in 2002, after in Pharmaceutical Price Indexes" in American Economic completing her PhD in Corporate Strategy from the Review, "Scale, Scope, and Spillovers: Determinants of University of Michigan (at Ann Arbor). Prior to her Research Productivity in the Pharmaceutical Industry" in doctoral, Dr. Karim earned a BS in Electrical Engineering the RAND Journal of Economics, "Absorptive Capacity, from Cornell University, a Masters in Education from Coauthoring Behavior, and the Organization of Harvard University, a Masters in Applied Economics from Researching Drug Discovery" in the Journal of Industrial the University of Michigan, and worked for Hewlett- Economics, and "The Changing Structure of the Packard Co. Professor Karim’s research interests include Pharmaceutical Industry" in Health Affairs. innovation and market entry-exit by incumbent firms, acquisitions and post-acquisition integration, structural Jeffrey L. Furman reorganization, and reconfiguration of resources and Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation activities. Current projects include studying the effects of Professor Furman graduated from MIT–Sloan with a PhD internal and environmental turbulence on restructuring, in Strategy & International Management. Previously, he managerial decision making in the process of post- had studied economics on a Fulbright Scholarship at the acquisition target integration, structural embeddedness of Free University of Berlin and had earned a Bachelor of market activities, and consequences of acquisition bid Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a withdrawals. Dr. Karim is especially interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of medical device and wireless telecommunications Pennsylvania. In his prior professional experience, Dr. industries. Her research has been published in Furman worked as associate at a Washington, DC health Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, care and public policy consultancy and as a researcher and Long Range Planning, and several book chapters. consultant examining the privatization of state-owned Professor Karim serves on the editorial boards of firms in the former East Germany. Dr. Furman’s research Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. addresses issues at the intersection of strategy, international business, and innovation. Specifically, he Siobhan O’Mahony examines how location-bound characteristics – including DBA Liaison national institutions, public policies, and the quality of Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation local science – affect firm performance, firm and regional Professor O’Mahony joined the BU faculty in 2009 after innovativeness, and innovation-oriented strategy. His teaching at the Harvard Business School (HBS) and the most recent research explores institutions that affect the University of California at Davis. She completed her rate and nature of scientific and technical progress. Ph.D. at Stanford in 2002. At HBS, she taught the doctoral course in field methods. Dr. O’Mahony’s research explores Stine Grodal how collective technical and creative projects organize – Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010
  5. 5. examining subjects such as high technology contractors, Management Review. Prof. Suarez has significant expertise open source programmers, music producers, startups and in the wireless telecommunications, software, and internet- corporate consortiums. Dr. O’Mahony’s research has based services industries. Some of his current projects appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, include entry timing dynamics in the mobile gaming Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, industry, service-based strategies in the software products Research in Organizational Behavior, and Research in the industry, and the origins of dynamic capabilities. Prof. Sociology of Organizations. Her professional experience Suarez is currently the Division Chair-Elect of the includes consulting at Price Waterhouse LLP, Electronic Technology & Innovation Division at the Academy of Data Systems, IDEO, and the Global Business Network. Management. She has consulted to organizations such as Novell, Cap Gemini, Proquest, Microsoft, McDonald Investments, and Sushil Vachani the European Union. She is an Advisor to Synchrony Professor of Strategy and Innovation Venture Management. Her current research examines how Professor Vachani received a Bachelor of Technology a nonprofit organization certifying privacy and trust from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, a practices on the Internet transitions to a venture backed Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian startup. Dr. O’Mahony also serves as the DBA liaison for Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a DBA in the Strategy and Innovation group. International Business from Harvard Business School. He has worked with Philips, the Tata Group and the Boston Timothy Simcoe Consulting Group. Professor Vachani’s research focuses Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation on interactions between multinationals, governments and Professor Simcoe studies strategies for governing shared NGOs, multinational strategy and management, and technology platforms, with a particular emphasis on the multinationals’ social responsibility. He has published in design of policies and institutions. Much of his research the Harvard Business Review, Journal of International examines the performance of industry standard setting Business Studies, International Business Review, Long organizations, and the role of intellectual property in Range Planning, and elsewhere. He is author of standards development and adoption. This work has Multinationals in India: Strategic Product Choices and co- implications for strategy, innovation and competition editor of MNCs and Global Poverty Alleviation. He serves policy, especially in the information technology sector. on the core faculty of the Executive MBA program, and Professor Simcoe has also studied the organizational has previously served as Chairman of the Strategy and consequences of corporate diversification, and is currently Policy department and Director of Boston University’s working on several projects that examine the impact of International Management Program, Japan. voluntary certification programs. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MA in Economics from N. Venkatraman the University of California at Berkeley, and an AB in David J. McGrath, Jr. Professor in Management Applied Mathematics from Harvard. Before returning to Professor Venkatraman earned a Ph.D. in Business graduate school, Professor Simcoe spent five Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA years consulting for Ernst & Young. He was also a from the Indian Institute of Management and a Bachelor of research assistant at the Council of Economic Advisers. Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. Professor Venkatraman’s teaching and Fernando Suarez research interest lie at the interface between strategic Chair, Strategy and Innovation Department management and information technology. He won the Professor of Strategy and Innovation 1986 AT Kearney Award for Outstanding Research in Prof. Suarez joined Boston University School in 2004, General Management from the Academy of Management having worked earlier for the London Business School, for his doctoral research and has contributed significantly MIT Sloan School, and Universidad Adolfo Ibanez. Prof. to the research literature on measurement and models of Suarez holds a Doctorate in Management (Ph.D.) from the strategic management. Subsequently, he has focused his MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master's in Regional research on the role of information technology in creating Planning from MIT, and a B.A. in Economics from the new organizational capabilities. Over the last decade his University of Chile. His research spans the areas of academic research has been published in journals such as: innovation and technology strategy, entry-timing Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, advantages, platforms & dominant architectures, and Information Systems Research, Academy of Management business model transformations. His publications have Journal, Academy of Management Review and Sloan appeared in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review. Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Yanbo Wang Research Policy, Harvard Business Review, and Sloan Assistant Professor Strategy and Innovation Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010
  6. 6. Professor Wang joined SMG in 2009, after completing his ‘creative destructions’: the positive one of knowledge PhD in Strategy and Economic Sociology from MIT- creation and commercialization and the negative one of Sloan. Dr. Wang conducts research on high-technology illegal activities such as financial fraud. Prior to his entrepreneurship in emerging markets, with a particular doctoral work at MIT, Professor Wang received a Bachelor focus on how political institutions and social structures of Law in Foreign Affairs from Peking University, a impact outcomes such as individuals’ decision to become Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of entrepreneurs, the organizational form and strategic Arizona and studied at the University of Pennsylvania. direction of their firms, and ultimately the success of their new ventures. His current projects span two types of Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010
  7. 7. Doctor of Business Administration Program DBA Faculty Contacts Professor Lloyd Baird, DBA Faculty Director Professor Siobhan O’Mahony, DBA Liaison, Strategy and Innovation Phone: (617) 353-4168 Phone: (617) 353-2523 E-Mail: E-Mail: Administrative Office Contact Information Patricia Caffrey, Associate Director, DBA Programs Phone: (617) 353-2732 Fax: (617) 353-9498 E-mail: Christine Typadis, Senior Program Coordinator, DBA Program Phone: (617) 353-3522 Fax: (617) 353-9498 E-mail: Mailing Address Boston University School of Management 595 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Dean Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs Louis E. Lataif Katherine M. Nolan Senior Associate Dean Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program Michael E. Lawson Sandra Procopio Associate Dean, Academic Programs John Chalykoff Senior Assistant Dean, Administration Martin Carter Doctor of Business Administration Program Information 2009-2010