Faculty Directory

Catherine A. Maritan

Visiting Professor of Business Administration






PhD, Purdue University, 1998; MS, Purdue University, 1986; BSc, Queen's University, 1982

Areas of Expertise

Business strategy, operations strategy

Current Research Topics

  • Firm capabilities
  • Strategy process
  • Strategic investment decisions
  • Resource allocation

Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, 2010–present
  • Associate Professor, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, 2005–present
  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1999–2005
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, 1998–99

Nonacademic Positions

  • Corporate Banking Officer, The Bank of Nova Scotia, 1987–91
  • Management Development Program, Cyanamid Canada, 1986–87
  • Process Engineering, Fording Coal Ltd., 1982–84

Editorial Positions

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Management
  • Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal
  • Program Director, Strategy Research Foundation Dissertation Grant Program
  • Guest Co-editor, Managerial and Decision Economics, 2008

Working Papers

  • With R.E. Florence, "Political Activity as Strategic Factor Market Competition"


  • Outstanding Editorial Board Member, Strategic Management Journal, 2009
  • Journal of Operations Management, Best Paper Award, 2004
  • Outstanding Contribution to Teaching, University at Buffalo School of Management, 2002

Selected Publications

  • With M.A. Peteraf, "Building a Bridge Between Resource Accumulation and Resource Acquisition," Journal of Management, 37, 2011
  • With C.A. Coen, "Investing in Capabilities: The Dynamics of Resource Allocation," Organization Science, 22, 2011
  • With R.E. Florence, "Investing in Capabilities: Bidding in Strategic Factor Markets with Costly Information," Managerial and Decision Economics, 29, 2008
  • With T.M. Alessandri, "Capabilities, Real Options, and the Resource Allocation Process," Advances in Strategic Management, 24, 2007
  • With T.H. Brush and A. Karnani, "Plant Roles and Decision Autonomy in Multinational Plant Networks," Journal of Operations Management, 22, 2004
  • With T.H. Brush, "Heterogeneity and Transferring Practices: Implementing Flow Manufacturing in Multiple Plants," Strategic Management Journal, 24, 2003
  • "Capital Investment as Investing in Organizational Capabilities: An Empirically-Grounded Process Model," Academy of Management Journal, 44, 2001