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Professor Sharon Oster

Sharon M. Oster

Frederic D. Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Management and Entrepreneurship

Sharon Oster served as dean of the Yale School of Management from 2008 to 2011. She is a specialist in competitive strategy, microeconomic theory, industrial organization, the economics of regulation and antitrust, and nonprofit strategy. She has written extensively on the regulation of business and competitive strategy. Professor Oster’s book Modern Competitive Analysis, used widely at management schools, integrates a broad range of views in its analysis of management strategy and emphasizes an economic approach to strategic planning. Her second book, Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations, takes the same economic approach to managing nonprofit organizations. Professor Oster has consulted widely to private, public, and nonprofit organizations.


  • PhD, Harvard University, 1974
  • BA, Hofstra College, 1970

Selected Works


  • Competition Among University Endowments
    W. Goetzmann and S. Oster
    How the Financial Crisis and Great Recession Affected Higher Education
  • Competitive Strategy in the Nonprofit Sector
    S. M. Oster
    Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics



  • Yale SOM Alumni Association Teaching Award, Yale School of Management Alumni Association, 2013