PhD in strategy and entrepreneurship

Last Updated on December 15, 2022


The PhD specialisation in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to produce relevant and original research within strategic management, entrepreneurship, innovation and related fields. We target motivated and capable individuals, looking to pursue international academic careers at the premier level. The programme encompasses the fields of strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation, covering different theoretical perspectives on the micro and macro level. The specialisation adheres to an open and pluralistic view of research and provides a basis for developing a mature and critical attitude towards research in the fields. The specialisation is well-rounded and covers both contemporary theoretical and methodological issues.

Successfully graduated Doctorate candidates will have acquired, among others:

  • In-depth knowledge on a wide array of topic areas within strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation and the ability to discuss and analyse contemporary business issues within these fields
  •  Focused knowledge at the frontier within their specialised field and the ability to lead standalone or team-based research initiatives
  • The ability to critically discuss, analyse and evaluate business problems and the skill to present the resulting opinions in front of researchers, students and businesspeople
  • Applied methodological skills for the analysis of large quantitative & qualitative data sets and the ability to critically evaluate methodologies based on theoretical best practices
  • An international network within the academic community that will help to foster their career on a national and international level


The PhD specialisation in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation builds on the research competence of the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, which aims to be among Europe’s leading research departments within strategy and entrepreneurship. The department is research-oriented and aims to produce research that makes a difference for both the business environment and the academic community. The department has a strong track record of publications in top journals, while providing relevant education to the Norwegian business community and internationally.

Currently around 10 PhD candidates work at the department. For further questions about the programme and their perceptions of what it takes to be a successful contributor to the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, please feel free to reach out to them through the faculty webpages.

Read more about the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


  • Business models and value creation
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International business
  • Knowledge creation and innovation
  • Strategy process and practice

The department also engages and encourages interdisciplinary research e.g. network and behavioural perspectives in international business, and entrepreneurship in corporate strategy through corporate venturing.


The PhD programme is a four-year programme. The next cohort commences in August 2021 and is expected to successfully complete the programme by September 2025. During the first year, PhD candidates are expected to take courses that enhance their understanding of core strategic issues and methodologies, to conduct high quality research. These courses can be extended and complemented with elective courses during the rest of the PhD. By the second year, the PhD candidates are expected to have developed their own research ideas and look for venues e.g. conferences and workshops to present these ideas and communicate with world-renowned academics in the field. During the third year, the candidates continue to focus their research output. A period of stay abroad in prestigious and relevant universities for the area of research (e.g. University of California, Berkeley or SCANCOR center at Stanford University) is encouraged. During this period, PhD candidates are trained in teaching techniques to deliver superior learning to students at all levels. In the fourth year, PhD candidates finish the research related to their dissertation and are encouraged to submit their research papers to top level journals in the discipline. While the timeline for the different activities is flexible, all PhD candidates should develop research papers, disseminate research outputs to various audiences (e.g. researchers and businesses) and deliver excellent teaching, throughout their time at BI.

Top business schools worldwide have welcomed PhD graduates from BI’s Strategy area. Recent placements include, among others, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Grenoble School of Management, Alliance Manchester Business School, and the University of Groningen.


All PhD candidates receive financial support when accepted into the programme. The candidates are hired as full-time employees on an initial four-year contract. Continuation of the support through the four years of the program is dependent on good standing and regular progress towards completing the programme’s requirements. PhD candidates are entitled to full parental leave and health insurance, and are part of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The workplace is BI Norwegian Business School at its main campus in Oslo.

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We are eager to help jumpstart the careers of promising PhD candidates pursuing high-impact research in strategic management and entrepreneurship! Our doctoral programme combines gaining an in-depth understanding of core strategy topics, developing a thorough command of different research methods and skills, and hands-on training of getting high-impact research published. Joining the PhD programme means joining a department with a highly collaborative and cutting-edge research culture in which faculty members and PhD candidates work on topics that cover nearly all domains of the wider strategic management and entrepreneurship fields.

Every academic year, we admit about three internally and several externally funded, promising doctoral candidates, who follow a range of doctoral courses, work on joint and supervised papers, and hold conference or workshop presentations. The Department welcomes excellent candidates from diverse disciplinary and national backgrounds. We look for highly motivated candidates with a strong research orientation, as evidenced, for example, by an intriguing master thesis or research article. For more information, you may contact PhD Coordinator Dr. Frank Wijen.

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