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Faculty and Research


Olin’s Strategy faculty members are dedicated to delivering a program that prepares PhD students for productive and meaningful careers. In addition to rigorous course work, you’ll work closely with faculty from the very beginning of the program. This collaborative approach helps you gain practical experience in the design and execution of research projects and in the communication of research findings. Recent research projects have examined how teams of experts learn and develop new innovations; performance benefits of team production; how leaders gain the trust of their subordinates, and how they can rebuild it once it has been lost; performance impacts of organizational design choices; research and development pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry; and methods of negotiation and conflict resolution.

Published Works

The Strategy area’s research-driven faculty closely observes firm performance at the market level, and the micro-foundations of this performance that lay in the behavior and organization of individuals and resources within the firm. The resulting research has been published in a wide range of leading strategy journals, including:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Organization Science
  • Management Science
  • Strategic Management Journal


Nicholas Argyres
Vernon W. and Marion K. Piper Professor of Stragegy
PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Business policy and strategy, economics-organizational economics, technology management

Daniel Elfenbein
Assistant Professor of Organization & Strategy
PhD, Harvard University
Business policy and strategy, entrepreneurship, microeconomics/industrial organization, organizational economics, management strategy, technology management

Anne Marie Knott
Professor of Strategy
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Strategy: Innovation, R&D, entrepreneurship, managerial value

Jackson A. Nickerson
Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy, Director of the Brookings-Olin Partnership and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow in Government Studies
PhD, University of California-Berkeley
Business strategy, organizational theory, new institutional economics, intellectual capital management, technology licensing

J. Lamar Pierce
Associate Professor of Strategy
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Business strategy and public policy, fraud and corruption, ethics, incentives

Adina Sterling
Assistant Professor of Strategy
PhD, Emory University
Social structures in labor and product markets

Todd R. Zenger
Robert and Barbara Frick Professor of Business Strategy
PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
Economic theories of the firm, compensation, organizational design, business strategy, managing technology

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