Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy

The Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy (SMPP) brings together professors who bridge the issues of vital importance to business today, including competitive corporate strategy, corporate responsibility, business ethics, strategic environmental management, social networks and social capital, and the relationships between business and politics and between business and society, sustainability, and labor market equality and diversity.

Reflecting the vision, mission and goals of the GW School of Business, SMPP works to cultivate ethical, diverse, and inclusive leaders who make a positive impact on the environment, on society, and on governance through our teaching and research. We also take advantage of our Washington, D.C. location to engage with stakeholders in the wider business and policy communities.

Our department includes 17 full-time faculty and several well-experienced adjunct faculty, who together bring a wealth and depth of experience in the business, not-for-profit and public policy arenas. Faculty engage in scholarly research which is published in leading academic journals as well as important practitioner journals to connect their research to the individuals who apply this work in real-world private and public sector settings. Faculty currently serve in senior editorial positions at Administrative Science QuarterlyOrganization ScienceJournal of Business Ethics, and Organization Theory.

SMPP teaches core courses, such as Markets and Politics, Business Ethics and the Legal Environment, and Strategy Formulation and Management, for all students in GWSB’s undergraduate degree programs. We offer core courses on Strategic Management as well as Business Ethics and Public Policy at the graduate program level. The department also offers many graduate elective seminars, including Strategic Environmental Management, Corporate Governance, Social Capital and Impact Investing.

The Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy offers four academic programs:

  • BBA with a concentration in Business Economics and Public Policy

  • Graduate Certificate in Corporate Responsibility

  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management

  • Ph.D. in Business with a Management and Strategy Area of Focus


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What's New in SMPP

Prof. Jorge Rivera Wins Two Book Awards

The Academy of Management's Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division and the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division each named Professor Jorge Rivera's book, Business Adaptation to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, with Chang Hoon Oh, Jennifer Oetzel, and Vivianer Clement) as the 2023 book of the year at August's annual  meeting.

Joel Gehman

Prof. Joel Gehman Elected Chair of Academy of Management's OMT Division

Joel Gehman's five-year term with the Organization and Management Theory Division begins in August.

Vikram Bhargava

Prof. Vikram Bhargava Receives Best Paper Award

Professor Vikram Bhargava received the 2023 Beth Ethics Paper Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) 2023 for his paper, "The Case for Heritage Reparations" (with Suneal Bedi, Indiana University).

Jennifer Merluzzi

Prof. Jennnifer Merluzzi to Present Two Papers at Wharton

Professor Jennifer Merluzzi will present two papers at Wharton's People and Organizations Conference in October: "Devaluation by association: Gender diversification and performance recognition in male-dominated occupations" (with Jirs Meuris, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and “Changes in Hiring Discrimination Against Stay-at-Home Fathers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from Online Field Experiments, 2019-2021" (with Julia Melin, Dartmouth). The paper with Professor Meuris also won the Academy of Management OMT Division  2023 Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices.

Herb Davis

Prof. Herb Davis Receives Fulbright Award

Professor Herb Davis recently received a 2023-2024 Fulbright Specialist Program award. Dr. Davis will complete his Spring 2024 research at Joao Saldanha
University in Timor-Leste.

composite image of GWSB Professors Jorge Walter, David Halliday and Gaston de los Reyes

SMPP Professors Earn 2023 Teaching Awards

Professor Jorge Walter (left) received the 2023 Dean's Teaching Award. Professor David Halliday (center) received the Outstanding Master of Management Faculty Award. Professor Gaston de los Reyes (right) received the Outstanding Part-Time Master of Business Administration Faculty Award.

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The George Washington University School of Business
Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy
2201 G Street NW, Funger Hall, Ste. 615
Washington, D.C. 20052
Phone: (202) 994-6677
Fax: (202) 994-8113

Staff Contact:
Rochelle Rediang
Senior Academic Department Administrator
email: [email protected]
phone: 202-994-6677






The Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR)
Professor John Forrer, Director

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