PhD, Columbia University, 1988; MSc, London School of Economics, 1981; BComm, Concordia University, 1980
Areas of Expertise
Leadership and strategy
Current Research Topics
Developing leadership talent
Why smart executives fail
Early warning signs for corporate disasters
Learning from mergers and acquisitions
Board of director effectiveness
Tuck School of Business, 1993–present
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, 1987–93
Assembly of Overseers, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital
Board of Overseers, Dartmouth College Hillel
Administrative Science Quarterly (1996-2008)
Strategic Organization (2001–2009)
Journal of Business Strategy (2003–present)
Journal of Strategy and Management (2008–present)
Strategic Management Journal (1994 - 2007)
Academy of Management Journal (1991-1996)
Journal of Management (1989-1999; Consulting Editor 1995-1999)
Organization Science (1995 - 2002)
Finalist for the Academy of Management Terry Book Award, 2010 (“Strategic Leadership,” and “Think Again.”)
Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence (for having been selected as one of the 50 best articles published in 2009 (out of 15,000) in management) for “Inappropriate Attachments.”
Elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2007.
Article included in Special issue: Classic Articles from AME, which “reprises and celebrates the most enduring articles from its past as chosen by the editors.” Academy of Management Executive, 2005.
Finalist for the Academy of Management Executive Best Article of the Year, 2004.
Honorable Mention for the McKinsey & Co. SMS Best Conference Paper Prize, 2002.
Finalist for the Academy of Management’s George R. Terry Award, 1998
Academy of Management Executive Best Article of the Year, 1997
Selected as one of the “Best Papers,” SMS Annual Conference, 1997.
Citations of Excellence, ANBAR Management Intelligence, for "Interindustry Merger Patterns" (1998) and “Leveraging Intellect" (1997).
Ascendant Scholar, Western Academy of Management, 1993.
The Leadership Research Fund, The Leadership Institute, USC, 1993.
Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund, USC, 1991-1992.
Cenafoni Award for Best Research Proposal in Entrepreneurship, 1991.
A.T. Kearney Award Finalist, 1988.
Irwin Foundation Fellowship, 1986-1987.
With J. Kim and J. Haleblian, “All aspirations are not created equal: The differential effects of historical and social aspirations on acquisition behavior,” Academy of Management Journal, in press.
“Zombie-virksomheder – Sådan lærer de af deres fejltagelser!” Børsens Ledelseshåndbøger: Strategi & Ledelse, September 2014
With J. Kim and J. Haleblian, “When Firms Become Desperate to Grow via Acquisition: The Effect of Growth Patterns and Acquisition Experience on Acquisition Premiums," Administrative Science Quarterly, 2011
How to Avoid a Bad Call, FT Press, 2010
With A. Campbell and J. Whitehead, "Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions," Harvard Business Review, February, 2009
With J. Kim, "The Effects of Strategic and Locational Complementarity on Acquisition Performance: Evidence from the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry, 1989-2001," Strategic Management Journal, 30, 2009
With J. Whitehead and A. Campbell, Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You, Harvard Business School Press, 2009
With D.C. Hambrick and A. Cannella, Strategic Leadership: Theory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards, Oxford University Press, 2008
With C. Helfat, W. Mitchell, M. Peteraf, H. Singh, D. Teece, and S. Winter, Dynamic Capabilities: Understanding Strategic Change in Organizations, Blackwell Publishing, 2007
Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes, Portfolio, 2003
With A. Mooney, "Not the Usual Suspects: How to Use Board Process to Make Boards Better," Academy of Management Executive, May 2003