Strategic Management and Organization

University of Alberta

Ph.D. On Campus
48 months
9250 CAD/year
5635 CAD/year
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Strategic Management and Organization is a multi-disciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to examine a wide range of topics, foundational as well as domain-specific. Our areas cover the following topics.


Entrepreneurship and innovation aims to explore the dynamic socio-economic systems that encourage and support the creation of new businesses, social enterprises and entire industries as well as innovation and strategic renewal within existing organizations. Attention is also paid to the enterprising individuals heading such entrepreneurial initiatives.

The programme

Family business strives to understand the significance, diversity and complexity of family firms; the unique and fascinating challenges facing both family businesses and business families; and, the governance practices that can help improve the effectiveness and longevity of these intertwined social structures.

Human resources management is focused on the employment relationship and exposes students to a variety of theory, research, and management strategies. A number of substantive literatures are covered (e.g., recruitment and selection, socialization, training and employee development, performance management, employee relations, compensation and rewards).

Industrial relations exposes students to classical IR theories and themes such as industrial relations systems theory, historical development and theories of the labor movement, strategic choice approach, and the roles of the main industrial relations actors (unions, management, and government). 

Organizational behavior examines the theories and research pertanining to individual and team behavior in a variety of organizational contexts, as well as the management implications of this research. Typical topics covered include work attitudes, motivation, leadership and culture. Focal behavioral outcomes typically include performance, citizenship, absenteeism and turnover.

Organizational theory examines the design and structure of organizations; the complementary processes of differentiation (the division of labor and the grouping of functions) and integration (the distribution of authority); the relationship between organizations and their social, political, institutional, and economic environments; and the nature and role of politics, power, and conflict that may result from inherent tensions in coordinating a range of disparate functions and interests.

Strategic management has as its focus an analysis of the organization in its environment, examining the processes by which organizations position themselves and seek to marshal resources and capabilities to support and implement strategies. It is concerned with how organizations match, or fail to match, organizational capabilities and strengths with external opportunities and constraints.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Organization Theory
  • Seminar in Human Behavior in Organization
  • Seminar in Strategic Management
  • Individual Research
  • Seminar in Contemporary Issues
  • Seminar in Special Organizational Topics
  • Seminar in Industrial Relations Foundations
  • Seminar in Human Resource Management (HRM)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

Admissions to the Business PhD program are based on the following criteria

  • Previous academic record: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university and sufficiently high grades. They should also have a grade point average (GPA) for the last two years of full-time study of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 on the University of Alberta grade scale and from Canadian or American schools with a comparable scale.
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    9250 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5635 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5635 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.


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