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Strategy & Innovation PhD in Business Management

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Take the lead in strategy & innovation

Are you ready to take that next step in your business career? Effectively utilizing innovation and strategy within an organization is essential to its survival and success. Capella’s online PhD in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation degree is designed to provide you the tools you need to become a key player in business. Our curriculum gives you the skills and knowledge to teach, consult, or lead. 

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 11 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Elective course
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start April 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What you’ll learn

Use theory to create new practice

Apply strategy and innovation theory research to generate new knowledge and professional practice. 

Assess needs & collaborate on solutions

Assess the information needs for effective strategy and innovation and identify, access, and collaborate on the appropriate sources for that information. 

Lead change through innovation

Leverage emerging strategy and innovation theories and practices, structures, systems thinking, leadership, and processes to bring effective change. 

Act locally, think globally

Integrate data needed to support evidence-based strategy and innovation with an emphasis on emerging trends and technological influences in a global environment.

Apply research to your thinking

Apply critical thinking to strategy and innovation using appropriate research techniques.

Understand ethical approaches

Demonstrate ethical, effective, and sustainable approaches to strategy and innovation.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

PhD in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

$5,000 quarterly tuition maximum

Maximize your courseload—take six or more credits per quarter and pay just $5,000*.

A flexible courseload

Capella’s online learning model offers you the ability to take one to three courses per quarter, giving you more schedule control.

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; travel, lodging, meals and other expenses are not included. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. Tuition subject to change.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$965 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

$5K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

PhD in Business sample courses

Our online PhD in Business Management, Strategy and Innovation curriculum emphasizes evidence-based, multi-disciplinary research for analyzing global trends. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Foresight: Anticipating the Future

Learners in this course study the ways organizations proactively anticipate and plan for future growth opportunities. Learners examine the scanning tools and technologies organizations use to develop meaningful information about the future environment; models for understanding and analyzing global trends; and new lenses for scanning, synthesizing, and analyzing strategic and competitive data. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Identifying Opportunities for Innovation

In this course, learners examine the methods and collaborative processes organizations use to identify opportunities for innovation, including scenario planning and future visualization techniques. Learners also explore ways to identify risk, develop contingency plans in light of disruptive change, and communicate and disseminate those risks and plans.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Competing with Disruptive Innovation

This course presents the disruptive innovation strategies organizations use to lead the competition. Learners examine ways to reinvent industry competition and move beyond the concept of competitive strategy to developing breakthrough strategies and value innovation. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Building an Innovation Strategy

In this course, learners examine the ways organizations build innovation strategies to enhance organizational sustainability and adaptation. Learners analyze the organizational elements that support a culture of innovation and change and the development of ideageneration systems, flexible processes, governance structures, and evaluation metrics.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

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PhD in Strategy and Innovation professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online strategy and innovation doctoral degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Director of strategy and operations
  • Director, business research
  • Chief executive officer (CEO)
  • Chief operating officer (COO)
  • Business consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time business faculty
  • Full-time business faculty
  • Dean or associate dean of a business program
  • President
  • Vice president
  • Director
  • General manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Banking/finance
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Corporation
  • Consulting firm
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Insurance firm
  • Health care organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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