Fields of Study

Strategy and Organization

Strategy and Organization

The field of Strategy and Organization deals with the functions and responsibilities of general managers. Although knowledge of separate business functions (e.g., marketing, finance, or accounting) is important, it is insufficient for making decisions about the entire organization. The Strategy and Organization field provides concepts, theoretical frameworks and models for developing and implementing effective strategies to achieve the desired financial, social, or environmental objectives of the organization.

Students in Strategy and Organization will learn how to identify and develop various internal and external sources of competitive advantage, how to develop corporate and business strategies that build on those advantages, and how to deal with the complex issues of social responsibility and social impact facing contemporary organizations.

Courses

CourseTitle
COMM 301 Funding New Ventures
COMM 302 Launching New Ventures
COMM 304 Organizational Intelligence and Strategy
COMM 305 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
COMM 401 Business and Corporate Strategy
COMM 405 New Business Development
COMM 406 Social Impact and Innovation
COMM 410 Strategies of Social Enterprise

Course offerings vary year to year, the course term is subject to change, course enrolment is limited, and courses may be cancelled due to instructor availability or low enrolment. Use SOLUS to get the most up-to-date course offerings.

Research

Research in Strategy and Organization examines the strategies and structuring of organizations, and how they relate to their economic, institutional, and social environment. Some of the underlying questions include: Why do some firms persistently outperform rivals? What are the optimal boundaries of the firm? Why are organizations different? How do organizations discover, evaluate and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities? How do organizations and industries change? The research methodology in Strategy and Organization includes both qualitative (e.g., in-depth case study analysis) and quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, econometrics, and social network analysis).

Please refer to the faculty profiles for individual research interests and publications.