PhD Alumni Testimonials

Yuanyuan Wu, PhD 2011Yuayuan Wu is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University (Orillia Campus), Ontario, Canada. Her research focuses on the entrepreneurial processes of capability and enterprise development. She has published in multiple journals, supervised students, and taught a broad range of courses in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, and international business.

Extending her research in new directions, she has recently received SSHRC funding for a research project that focuses on international collaboration in the aerospace industry.

Of her time in the program, she remarks, “The high academic reputation and world-class scholars attracted me to McGill and Desautels in the first place. The academic freedom and flexibility in the Strategy program really benefited me while I was receiving my training there. It gave me quite a lot of space to discover my true interests and to draw on my personal background in developing my research on capability development. Close interactions with multiple professors have equipped me with many valuable skills, which have, ultimately, led to my development as an independent scholar. My Desautels experience helped me to find my way during the early stages of my academic pursuit and, I believe, will continue to contribute to my future career.”

- Yuayuan Wu, PhD 2011

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University

Jean-Baptiste Litrico, PhD 2010Jean-Baptiste Litrico is an Associate Professor in Strategy and Organization, and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Strategy at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University.  Jean-Baptiste's research focuses on the diffusion of management models and practices across organizational and cultural borders. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Strategic Organization, and his research has been published in leading management journals, including: Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, and Small Group Research

Jean-Baptiste’s teaching interests span the fields of Strategy and Organization Theory. At the Smith School of Business, he teaches undergraduate courses on Business and Corporate Strategy, Organizational Analysis, and a graduate-level course on the Strategy Process.  Prior to entering academia, Jean-Baptiste worked eight years in the global automotive industry, in France, Germany, Canada, and Mexico.

Reflecting back on his experiences at the McGill Desautels doctoral program, he remarks, “I think that what sets the program apart from other top-notch PhD programs is the greater focus on independent thinking and on relevance. McGill PhD students like to tackle big problems with societal implications rather than narrow and technical problems, and they are reminded that academic contribution means "novel thinking". Doctoral students at McGill also tend to develop their own research programs rather than simply adopt their supervisor's, which requires self-motivation but ultimately helps them to become independent and productive researchers sooner.”

- Jean-Baptiste Litrico, PhD 2010

Associate Professor in Strategy and Organization, and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Strategy at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University

Alex Bitekine, PhD 2009Alex Bitektine is Professor of Management at HEC Montréal, Canada.  His research interests include social judgments (legitimacy, status, reputation, trust, and others), institutional theory, non-market strategies, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, as well as the application of experimental methods in organizational research. In his research, he seeks to integrate multi-level approaches and findings from microsociology and social psychology into institutional theory and organization studies.

He currently serves as a member of editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies, and is an active reviewer for several other leading management journals.

Of his experience in the program, he remarks, “McGill and Desautels have played an important role in my education in Canada – first at the MBA level, then in the PhD program. My research interests and motivation to pursue an academic career came from my interactions with wonderful people and outstanding academics alike, such as Robert David and Steve Maguire. They have played a critical role in shaping and guiding my research, as well as my career in general. I am equally grateful for the support of Jan Jorgensen, who was my very first strategy professor during my MBA and my co-supervisor throughout the PhD program.”

- Alex Bitektine, PhD 2009

Professor of Management at HEC Montréal

Kamal Munir, PhD 2001​Kamal Munir is Reader in Strategy and Policy at University of Cambridge, where he is part of the Strategy and International Business Department within the University’s Judge Business School. Kamal has published several articles in journals, including: Academy of Management Journal, Organisation Studies, Research Policy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, among others.  He has served as Senior Editor for both Organisation Studies and Journal of Management Inquiry.

In addition to his academic work, he has published for wider audiences in newspapers, including: The Financial Times, The Guardian, Dawn, Express Tribune, Herald, as well as Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). His work has been quoted and cited widely including on BBC’s Hard Talk, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and BusinessWeek. Kamal is frequently invited to present his work in high-level academic and policy forums around the world.

Kamal was a member of the select team that was entrusted with designing Pakistan’s Industrial Policy in 2010. He has also consulted for the State Bank of Pakistan, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Department of Trade and Industry, UK (now the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills). In the private sector, he has served as a consultant and trainer for several leading organizations, including: McKinsey & Co, Shell Petroleum, and British Telecom.

Kamal has many fond memories of McGill and the Desautels Faculty of Management. Of his experience, he remarks, “I remember the extremely supportive group of PhD students, who organized a cooking group in which one student would set a theme for the others to create dishes around.  I also fondly remember Henry Mintzberg’s colloquium, as well as the kind and helpful professors I encountered along the way. In fact,  the joint university programme afforded me the opportunity to make valuable connections with a network of professors from other universities.  Last, but not least, I remember the late night dinners at Basha, hanging out at the Second Cup in Paragraphe, brunches on Laurier, cricket on the Reservoir, Schwartz Deli, Fairmont Bagels, and so much more!” 

- Kamal Munir, PhD 2001

Reader in Strategy and Policy at University of Cambridge