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David Eccles School of Business
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Jay Barney is a Presidential Professor of Strategic Management and the Pierre Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. He previously served as a professor of management and held the Chase Chair for Excellence in Corporate Strategy at the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business.His research focuses on the relationship between costly-to-copy firm skills and capabilities and sustained competitive advantage. He has also done research on the actions entrepreneurs take to form the opportunities they try to exploit.He has served as an officer of both the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society and has served as an associate editor at the Journal of Management, senior editor for Organization Science, and co-editor at the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. His work has been published in numerous leading outlets, including the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and is among the most cited work in the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship.In addition to his teaching and research, he presents executive training programs throughout the U.S. and Europe and consults with firms on large-scale organizational change and strategic analysis.Dr. Jay Barney is an SMS Fellow as well as a fellow of the Academy of Management. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Lund (Sweden), the Copenhagen Business School, and Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain), and has had honorary visiting professor positions in New Zealand, the U.K. and China.Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University

Master of Arts, Yale University

Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University


Sharon Alvarez, Jay Barney, Russ McBride & Rob Wuebker (2016). On Opportunities: Philosophical and Empirical Implications. Academy of Management Review. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 02/2016.

Shad Morris, Jay Barney, Sharon Alvarez & Janice Molloy (2016). Firm Specific Human Capital as a Signal of General Value: Revising Assumptions About Human Capital and How It Is Managed. Strategic Management Journal. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 02/2016.

Tyson Mackey, Jay Barney & Jeff Dotson (2016). Corporate Diversification and the Value of Individual Firms: A Bayesian Approach. Strategic Management Journal. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 02/2016.

Sharon Alvarez, Arielle Newman & Jay Barney (2016). The Poverty Problem and the Industrialization Solution. Asian Pacific Journal of Management. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 02/2016.

Barclay Burns, Jay Barney, Ryan Angus & Heidi Herrick (2016). Enrolling Stakeholders Under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainty. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 01/01/2016.

Naga Lakshmi Damaraju, Jay B. Barney & Anil Makhija (2016). Real Options in Divestment Alternatives. Strategic Management Journal. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 01/2016.

Janice Molloy & Jay Barney (2016). Who Captures the Value Created with Human Capital. Academy of Management Perspectives. Discipline based – refereed, In press, 01/2016.

Jay Barney & M. Peteraf (2014). Transactions Costs, Capabilities, and Corporate Advantage Considerations in Theories of Multinational Enterprise. Global Strategy Journal. Vol. 4, 70 – 73. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 10/2014.

Sharon Alvarez, Jay Barney, Robert Wuebker & Russ McBride (2014). Realism in the Study of Entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Review. Vol. 39(2), 227 – 231. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 02/2014.

Jay Barney (2014). How Marketing Scholars Might Help Address Issues in Resource-based Theory. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Vol. 42(1), 24-26. Published, 01/2014.

Sharon Alvarez & Jay B. Barney (2014). Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Poverty Alleviation. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Vol. 38(1), 159-184. Published, 01/2014.

Jay Barney, A. McGahan & B. Zelner (2013). Entrepreneurship in the the Public Interest. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Vol. 7, 1 – 5. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 12/2013.

S. Alvarez, Jay Barney & Phil Anderson (2013). Forming and Exploiting Opportunities: The Implications of Discovery and Creation Processes for Entrepreneurial and Organizational Research. Organization Science. Vol. 24, 301 – 317. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 12/2013.

T. Mackey & Jay Barney (2013). Incorporating Opportunity Costs in Strategic Management Research: The Value of Diversification and Payout as Opportunities Forgone When Reinvesting in the Firm . Strategic Organization. Vol. 11(4), 347-363. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 11/2013.

G. Ray, L. Xue & Jay Barney (2013). Impact of Information Technology Capital on Firm Scope and Performance . Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 56, 1125 – 1147. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 10/2013.

Jay B. Barney & Teppo Felin (2013). What Are Microfoundations?. Journal of Management Perspectives. Vol. Vol. 27(2), 138 – 155. Published, 05/2013.

Sharon Alvarez & Jay Barney (2012). Epistemology, Opportunities, and Entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Review. , 154 – 157. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 10/2012.

Jay B. Barney, Sharon Alvarez & Mitch Angle (2012). Complementary Theories of Entrepreneurship. Strategy & Entrepreneurship: New Crafoord Lectures. Published, 04/2012.

Jay Barney (2012). Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustained Competitive Advantage: The Relevance of Resource-based Theory. Journal of Supply Chain Management. Vol. 48, 3 – 6. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 04/2012.

J. Gavin, Y. Zhu, M. Brannen & Jay Barney (2012). Refining, Reinforcing, and Reimagining Universal and Indigenous Theory Development in International Management. Journal of Management Inquiry. Vol. 22, 148 – 164. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 03/2012.


Resource-based Theory and Competitive Advantage. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/27/2013.

Resource-based Theory and Competitive Advantage. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/25/2013.

The Evolution of Chinese Management Research. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2012.

Social Network Structure and Innovation. Conference Paper, Refereed. Jay Bryan Barney, & S. Alvarez and M. Angle. Presented, 11/2012.

The Resource-based View of Competitive Advantage. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2012.

Lessons from a Life Spent in Strategy–SMS. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2012.

21st Century Entrepreneurship. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2012.

The Relationship Between Strategy and Entrepreneurship–CBS. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2012.

Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Panel, Presented, 09/2012.

Stigma of Failure and Entrepreneurial Activity–AOM . Conference Paper, Refereed. Jay Bryan Barney, & N. Damaraju and G. Dess. Presented, 08/2012.

Jay Bryan Barney (2012) Personal and Intellectual Roots of Building New Theories. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2012.

Engaging the Media – AOM. Panel, Presented, 08/2012.

The Process of Creating Opportunities in a Corporate Setting. Panel, Presented, 08/2012.

Business Model Innovation and Competitive Advantage–AOM. Panel, Presented, 08/2012.

What are Microfoundations? Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2012.

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