Strategic Management & Policy

The Strategic Management and Policy (SMP) concentration is oriented toward cross-functional problem solving and analysis. Careers and employment resulting from the Strategic Management and Policy concentration include strategic planning, public sector and nonprofit management, public affairs, policy analysis, environmental affairs, and other cross-functional positions.

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CareerGrowthMedian Salary*
Account Executive5%-8%$66,610
Media Relations Specialist5%-8%$89,320
Program Director9%-13%$55,340
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers5%-8%$60,070
Public Relations Specialist9%-13%$55,340

Average median salary should not be expected for an entry level position.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024).

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Strategic Management and Policy Advisor

Karen Patterson
  • Karen Patterson
  • Associate Professor
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  • Phone: (505) 277-2807
  • Office: MCM 3036
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  • Bio: Dr. Patterson received her PhD from Texas Tech University in 2007. Her research interests broadly focus on macroeconomic developments, most notably industry evolution and the specific determinants of industry trajectory. Empirically, she is interested in the emergence, acceptance and persistence of nontraditional practices, including complementary and integrative medicine, religion, athletics, online gambling and other stigmatized activities. She prefers a mixed methods approach to research, utilizing both historical archival analysis as well as longitudinal time-series analysis. Dr. Patterson serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Inquiry and has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, and Sport Management Review, among other journals.