Smeal College of Business

I am a Professor of Strategic Management, the BNY Mellon Fellow, and the Chair of the Management & Organization Department of the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University.

I received my Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Florida (2002). Before deciding to pursue my Ph.D. I completed all of the core requirements in the part-time MBA program at the University of Connecticut (1995-1997; West Hartford campus). I hold a B.A. undergraduate degree in Financial Administration from Michigan State University (1987).

My research takes a social and cognitive approach to examining how executive and organizational actions influence, and are influenced by, their surrounding environments; my work seeks to contribute to an understanding of strategy that extends beyond standard economic and financial accounts. I am also very interested in research methodologies, and my work has sought to advance the qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) of case research among strategy and management researchers.

I currently teach the Power and Influence elective course in the Smeal resident MBA program, the Strategic Management core course in the Smeal executive MBA program, and a PhD seminar in Strategic Management.

I have served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Review, and continue to serve on its editorial review board. I am or have been on the editorial review boards of the the Academy of Management Journal and the Strategic Management Journal, and serve as an ad hoc reviewer for the Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. I am a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

Before joining PSU, I was on the faculty of the Business Administration Department in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. I have ten years of industry experience, which includes working as the Director of Financial and Strategic Analysis for the Carvel Corporation (makers of ice cream and ice cream cakes), and in financial and accounting management (Route Accounting Supervisor, Accounts Receivable Manager, and Cost Accounting Manager) at two manufacturing locations for the Continental Baking Company (the company responsible for bringing us Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, HoHos, and Fruit pies as well as Wonder Bread).

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