Strategic Management via the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation (ISO) or MRes
The stream that begins with the MPhil ISO or MRes looks at strategy not simply as an outcome of a rational planning process, or as the primary explanation for firm success or failure, but also as a sociological phenomenon in its own right. Drawing upon a range of social sciences including sociology, economics, political science, anthropology and philosophy, this stream encourages you to study interesting empirical sites and break new theoretical ground in phenomena related directly or indirectly to strategy. This stream focuses on issues which are of importance to senior managers as well as those that are significant to a broad range of stakeholders in a firm's environment. You are encouraged to formulate novel questions related to strategy and organisations. Beyond the usual strategy questions, we also examine broader issues such as (but not limited to):
- How do institutional entrepreneurs create new markets and legitimise new technologies, products or services?
- How are organisations socially and politically embedded in their environments? What role do they play in addressing fundamental global social challenges of poverty, climate change, and inequality? What new organisational forms and business models need to be explored?
- How does the macro environment and the institutional context impact strategy and vice versa?
- How do new categories (e.g. impact investing) arise? How do these impact firm level strategies?
This stream allows a variety of qualitative methodological approaches including grounded theory, case studies, ethnography discourse analysis, and other methodological techniques. It also allows for mixed method studies, though if you are interested in a primarily quantitative study you should consider joining the methodology courses in Stream A, which will equip you with cutting edge quantitative methods and techniques.
Learn more about Stream B