Sharon M. Oster

Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

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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


  • Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations MGT 527

Selected Books

Principles of Economics

S. M. Oster
Case and Fair

Management of Nonprofit Organizations

S. M. Oster
Dartmouth Press

Selected Articles

Competitive Strategy in the Nonprofit Sector

S. M. Oster
Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics

Review of The Economists' Oath by George DcMartino

S. M. Oster
Journal of Economic Literature

Truly Global

S. M. Oster
Business India


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


  • Microsoft
  • Boston Scientific


  • Health Care REIT
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Yale University Press