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 have served as the M&O Department chair since 2016.
My research generally takes a social and cognitive approach to examining how executives and organizations influence, and are influenced by, their surrounding environments. I am also interested in research methodologies, and my work has sought to advance the qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) approach to case study research among strategy and management researchers.
I currently teach Power and Influence (an elective course in the Smeal resident MBA program and core course in the Strategic Management and Executive Leadership (SMExL) online Masters 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, Organization Science, and several other journals. I am a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.
I earned my Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Florida (2002). Before deciding to pursue my Ph.D. I completed the core courses of the part-time MBA program at the University of Connecticut (1995-1997; West Hartford campus). I hold a B.A. in Financial Administration from Michigan State University (1987).
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. Prior to that, I worked for ten years in industry, including 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 roles (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 as well as Wonder Bread).