Designing Strategic Decision-Making Studies: From Idea Generation to Execution

A PhD Development Workshop

Friday, October 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm EDT (UTC -4) / 5:00pm to 7:00pm CEST (UTC +2) 

Sponsored by: Strategy Process Interest Group and Behavioral Strategy Interest Group
Organized by: Koen Heimeriks, David Souder, and Jennifer Sexton 
Application Required by September 22

Many dissertations aim for a deeper understanding of the strategic decision-making process and the psychological, social, and political factors behind strategic decisions.  One of the critical issues that we grapple with is analyzing constructs that are challenging to measure, such as attention, cognition, emotions, sensemaking, routines, learning, motivation, and cognitive biases. Robust attainment of this goal depends on a carefully-planned research design that involves a highly-relevant contextual setting and compatible mixed methods. This PDW offers participants the opportunity to hear advice from scholars who have successfully implemented research designs that capture the strategic decision-making nuances. We also cover topics related to publishing your dissertation from managing the review process to dealing with a manuscript rejection based on our panelists’ own experiences. This session features an interactive format that provides individual feedback on current ideas and large-group discussions.

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Melissa Graebner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
picture of Gerry McNamara
Gerry McNamara
Michigan State University
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Catherine Maritan
Syracuse University
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Ann Langley
HEC Montréal

40 minutes: Moderated panel discussion with senior scholars

  • Introductions and stage-setting (5 mins)
  • Set questions from the moderator(s) (20 mins)
  • Open Q&A with participants (15 mins)

40 minutes: Networking event

40 minutes:  Breakout group roundtables

  • Panelists and moderators each lead a discussion table
  • Discuss each participant’s idea, identifying design challenges, and brainstorming solutions


The Deadline to Apply was September 22, 2021 and is now closed. 
An application is required to participate in this workshop . If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and submit the following:

  • One-page idea and preliminary research design
  • One-page CV

Workshop participants will receive 1-2 paragraphs of feedback prior to the session.