Department of Business Administration



The management area focuses on developing leaders who can effectively create and implement a vision. To do so, our courses emphasize skills in areas such as strategic thinking, decision making, team building, ethical leadership, and international business and management. As our world becomes more fast-paced, global, and complex, our curriculum prepares students to be productive and insightful leaders – making decisions that move our organizations forward and effectively working with people to implement those decisions.

The faculty in our area contribute to our knowledge of leadership and management in these complex environments. Our faculty explores challenges around broad areas such as global business, competitive strategy, teamwork, business ethics, commitment, and culture. Faculty members have published their research in top journals, receiving numerous awards for their scholarships.

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Amanda Bullough
Assistant Professor of Management


Bernadine J. Dykes
Assistant Professor of Management


Kyle Emich
Assistant Professor of Management


Diane L. Ferry
Associate Professor of Management


Mary C. Kernan
Associate Professor of Management


Kurt Norder
Assistant Professor of Management


Shubha Patvardhan
Assistant Professor of Management


Bernadette Racicot
Assistant Professor of Management


John E. Sawyer
Professor of Management, Associate Provost, Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Dustin J. Sleesman
Assistant Professor of Management

Wendy K. Smith
Associate Professor of Management

Daniel P. Sullivan
Professor of Management


Katalin Takacs-Haynes
Associate Professor of Management, Associate Faculty Director for MBA Programs


Sharon Watson
Associate Professor of Management

Gary R. Weaver
Professor of Management

Scott Wycoff
Instructor of Management


Our faculty contribute to high quality scholarship through multiple avenues, such as through publications in high quality journals, and professional service.



Conlon, D. E., Pinkley, R. L., & Sawyer, J. E. (2014). Getting something out of nothing: Reaping or resisting the power of a phantom BATNA. In N. M.Ashkanasy, R. Ayoko, & K. A. Jehn (Eds.) Handbook of Conflict Management.

Connelly, B.L., Takacs Haynes, K., Tihanyi, L., Gamache, D., & Devers, C. (2014). Minding the gap: Antecedents and consequences of top management-to-worker pay dispersion. Journal of Management, 2014.

Smith, W.K. (Forthcoming). Dynamic Decision Making: A Model of Senior Leaders Managing Strategic Paradoxes, Academy of Management Journal.

Lewis, M., Andriopoulos, C., & Smith, W.K., (2014) Paradoxical Leadership to Enable Strategic Agility, California Management Review. 56, 58-75.

Besharov, M. and Smith W.K. (2014). Multiple Logics in Organizations: A Theoretical Integration, Academy of Management Review, 39, 364-381.

Lewis, M. and Smith, W. K. (2014). Paradox as a meta-theoretical perspective: Sharpening the focus and widening the scope. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 50(20): 127-149.

Weaver, G. R., Reynolds, S. J., & Brown, M. E., (2014). Moral intuition: Connecting current knowledge to future organizational research and practice. Journal of Management, 40, 100-129.

Weaver, G. R., (2014). Encouraging ethics in organizations: A review of some key research findings. American Criminal Law Review, 51.

Weaver, G. R. & Stansbury, J. M., (2014). Religion in organizations: Cognition and behavior. In Lounsbury, Phillips, Tracey (eds.), Research in the Sociology of Organizations (series): Religion and Organization Theory, 65-110.


Smith, W.K., Gonin, M. , & Besharov, M. (2013). Managing Social-Business Tensions. A Review and Research Agenda for Social Enterprises. Business Ethics Quarterly. 23 (3):407-442

Becker, T. E., Ullrich, J., & Van Dick, R. (2013). Within-person variation in employee commitment: Where it comes from and why it matters. Human Resource Management Review, 23, 131-147. [Lead article of a special issue on advances in understanding workplace commitments.]

Stevens, C. & Dykes, B. (2013). The Home Country Cultural Determinants of Firms’ Foreign Market Entry Timing. Long Range Planning, 46(4-5), 387-410.

Daniels, J., Radebaugh, L. and D. Sullivan. (2013) International Business: Environments and Operations, 14th Edition. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River: New Jersey.


Haleblian, J., McNamara, G., Kolev, K. & Dykes, B. (2012) Exploring Firm Characteristics that Differentiate Leaders from Followers in Industry Merger Waves: A Competitive Dynamics Approach. Strategic Management Journal, 33(9), 1037-1052.

Ferry, D., Kydd, C. and Boyles, C. (2012). “Creating the Global Graduate: A Cross-Cultural Videoconferencing Case Study.” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 10 (2), 139-164.

Kmetz, J. 2012. Mapping Workflows and Managing Knowledge: Capturing Formal and Tacit Knowledge for Performance Improvement. BusinessExpertPress,

Preble, J., Hoffman, R. C. (2012). General Management of Innovation: Lessons from the Shaker Community. Journal of Management History, 18 (1), 24-45.

Sleesman, D. J., Conlon, D. E., McNamara, G., & Miles, J. E. (2012) Cleaning up the big muddy: A meta-analytic review of the determinants of escalation of commitment. Academy of Management Journal, 55: 541-562.

Davison, R. B., Hollenbeck, J. R., Barnes, C. M., Sleesman, D. J., & Ilgen, D. R. (2012) Coordinated action in multiteam systems. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97: 808-824.

Smith, W.K., Besharov, M, Wessels, A., and Chertok, M. (2012). A Paradoxical Leadership Model for Social Entrepreneurs: Challenges, Leadership Skills, and Pedagogical Tools for Managing Social and Commercial Demands. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11: 463-478.

Smith, W. K., and Lewis, M. W. (2012). Leadership Skills for Managing Paradox. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5(2), 232-235.

Boyd, B. K., Takacs Haynes, K., Hitt, M., Ketchen, D. & Bergh, D. (2012). Contingency hypothesis in strategic management research: Use, disuse, or misuse? Journal of Management, 38 (1), 278-313.

Watson, S. & Sutton, J. (2012) “An Examination of the Effectiveness of Case Method Teaching Online: Does the Technology Matter?” Journal of Management Education, 36(6): 802-821.

Weaver, G. R. & Brown, M. E. 2012. Moral foundations at work: New factors to consider in understanding the nature and role of ethics in organizations. In Tenbrunsel & DeCremer, eds., Behavioral Business Ethics: Ideas on an emerging field (Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis/Routledge), 143-172.

Weaver, G. R. & Stansbury, J. M., forthcoming. Religion’s impact on employees in organizations: Cognition, affect, and behavior. Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Miller, L. & Weiss, R. 2012. Revisiting black medical school extinctions in the Flexner era. Journal of the History of Medicine, 67 (2), 217-243.


Becker, T. E.  (2011).  Nepotism and the commitment of relevant parties.  In R. G. Jones (Ed.), Understanding and adapting to organizational nepotism (pp. 129-145).  New York: Routledge.

Kmetz, J. (2011) Mapping Workflows and Managing Knowledge: Simply, Sensibly, Flexibly, and without Software. Transition Assistance Associates. Newark, Del. ISBN 978-1460935170.

Kmetz, J. (2011) Fifty Lost Years: Why International Business Scholars Must Not Emulate the US Social-Science Research Model. World Journal of Management 3(2), September 2011: 172-200.

Smith, W.K. and Lewis, M. W. 2011. Toward a Theory of Paradox: A Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Organizing. Academy of Management Review, 36(2), 381-403.

Tushman, M., Smith, W.K., & Binns, A. 2011. The Ambidextrous CEO. Harvard Business Review, 89(6): 1700-1706.

Binns, A., & Smith, W. K. 2011. Managing Paradox: The Discipline of Strategic Execution. The European Business Review, November-December: 30-33.

Dobrow, S., Smith, W.K., & Posner, M. 2011. Managing the Grading Paradox: Leveraging the Power of Choice in the Classroom. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10(2), 261-276.

Smith, W. K., Lewis, M. W., & Tushman, M. 2011. Organizational Sustainability: Organization Design and Senior Leadership to Enable Strategic Paradox. In K. Cameron, & G. Spreitzer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship: 798-810. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Daniels, J., Radebaugh, L. and D. Sullivan. (2011). International Business: Environments and Operations, 13th Edition. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River: New Jersey.

Boyd, B. K., Takacs Haynes, K. & Zona, F. 2011. Dimensions of CEO-board relations. Journal of Management Studies. 48 (8), 1467-1923.

Miller, L. & Weiss, R. 2011. Perceptual bias theater. Journal of Organizational Behavior Education, 4(1), 43-58.

Kernan, M.C., Watson, S., Chen, F. F. & Kim, T.G. (2011) "How Cultural Values Affect the Impact of Abusive Supervision on Worker Attitudes." Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 18 (4): 464-484.


Takacs Haynes K. & Hillman, A. 2010. Board capital, strategic change and CEO power. Strategic Management Journal, 31(11), 1145-1163.

Mishina, Y., Dykes, B., Block, E. & Pollock, T.G.  (2010) Why “Good” Firms Do Bad Things: The Effects of High Aspirations, High Expectations and Prominence on the Incidence of Corporate Illegality. Academy of Management Journal, 53 (4), 701-722.  Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award.

Griffith, T.L., & Sawyer, J.E. (2010). Multilevel Knowledge and Team Performance.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31(7) 1003-1031. DOI: 10.1002/job.660

Griffith, T.L., & Sawyer, J.E. (2010). Research Team Design and Management for Centralized R&D.  IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, 57(2), 211-224.

Tushman, M., Smith, W. K., Wood, R., Westerman, G., & O'Reilly, C. 2010. Organizational Design and Innovation Streams. Industrial and Corporate Change. 19:5. 1331-1366.

Smith, W. K., Binns, A., & Tushman, M. 2010. Complex Business Models: Managing Strategic Paradox Simultaneously. Long Range Planning, 43: 448-461.

Sullivan, D., S. Nerur, & V. Balijepally. (2010) Source or Storer? IB's Performance in a Knowledge Network. Journal of International Business Studies, 42: 446–457

Takacs Haynes K. & Hillman, A.  2010. Board capital, strategic change and CEO power. Strategic Management Journal, 31(11), 1145-1163.

Hitt, M. A., Takacs Haynes, K. & Serpa, R. 2010. Strategic leadership in the twenty-first century. Business Horizons, 53(5), 437-453. Top Ten download in SSRN categories or eJournals: ORG: Strategic Leadership Models; Corporate Law: Corporate and Takeover Law; Social Responsibility of Business; Organizations and Markets; Management and Innovation.

Watson, S. & George, A. (2010) “Host Country Effects on the Success of International Private Equity Investments.” Journal of Private Equity, 13 (4): 17-24.

Treviño, L. K. & Weaver, G. R., 2010.  Advances in research on punishment in organizations:  Descriptive and normative perspectives.  In M. Schminke, ed., Managerial Ethics:  Managing the Psychology of Morality.  Oxford & New York:  Routledge, 177-204.

Weiss, R., & Miller, L.  The social transformation of American medical education: Class, status, and party influences on occupational closure, 1902-1919. The Sociological Quarterly, Volume 51, Number 4, 2010, pp. 550-575.

Weiss, R.  Brinksmanship redux: Employee assistance programs’ precursors and prospects. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Volume 22, Number 4, 2010, pp. 325-343.

Weiss, R.  Employee assistance program (EAP) referral agents’ conceptions of the causes and treatment of alcohol dependence. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, Volume 25, Number 3, 2010, pp. 195-200.


Klein, H. J., Becker, T. E., & Meyer, J. P. (Eds.).  (2009). Commitment in organizations: Accumulated wisdom and new directions.  New York: Routledge.

Mishina, Y., Dykes, B., Block, E. & Pollock, T.G. (2010) Why “Good” Firms Do Bad Things: The Effects of High Aspirations, High Expectations and Prominence on the Incidence of Corporate Illegality. Academy of Management Journal, 53 (4), 701-722.

Kydd, Christine and Ferry, D. L. 2009. Exploring Business Issues in High-Tech Fields Using Collaborative Electronic Meeting Tools. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 7 (1), 155-161.

Cadiz, D.M., Sawyer, J.E., & Griffith, T.L. (2009). Developing and Validating Field Measurement Scales for Absorptive Capacity and Experienced Community of Practice.  Educational and Psychological Measurement, 69 (6), 1035-1058.

Smith, W. K. 2009. A Dynamic Approach to Managing Contradictions. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2: 338-343.

Daniels, J., Radebaugh, L. and D. Sullivan. (2009). International Business: Environments and Operations, 12th Edition. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River: New Jersey.

Weiss, R. 2009. Intervention strategies for evidence-based EAPs. Journal of Employee Assistance, 39(4).


Jeffries, F. J., & Becker, T. E.  (2008).  Trust, norms, and cooperation: Development and test of a simplified model.  Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 9, 316-336.

Hult, G. T., Ketchen, D., Griffith, D., Chabowski, B., Hoffman, M., Dykes, B., Pollitte, W. & Cavusgil, T.S. (2008). An Assessment of the Measurement of Performance in International Business Research. Journal of International Business Studies, 39 ( 6) 1064-1080.

McNamara, G., Haleblian, J. & Dykes, B. (2008) The Performance Implications of Participating in an Acquisition Wave: Early Mover Advantages, Bandwagon Effects and the Moderating Influence of Industry Characteristics and Acquirer Tactics. Academy of Management Journal, 51 (1)113-130.

Hoffman, R.C., Kincaid J.F., Preble, J. (2008). International Franchise Expansion: Does Market Propinquity Matter. Multinational Business Review, 16 (4), 25-51, published April 2009.

Griffith, T. L., & Sawyer, J. E. (November, 2008). Changing Perceptions – and Triggering Innovation.  Ivey Business Journal.

Sullivan, D. and J Daniels. (2008). Innovation in International Business Research: A Call For Multiple Paradigms. Journal of International Business Studies. 39( 6), 1081-1090

Sullivan, D. (2008). "Organizing the Boundaries of the Business for a Boundaryless World." HR Frontiers: Shifting Borders and Changing Boundaries, Beaman, K. (editor). IHRIM Press, Rector-Duncan & Associates, Austin, Texas.

DuBois, F. and D. Sullivan (2008). "The Power of Communities of Practice: The Implication of the Design, Function, and Performance of Supply Chains", HR Frontiers: Shifting Borders and Changing Boundaries, Beaman, K. (editor). IHRIM Press, Rector-Duncan & Associates, Austin, Texas

Takacs Haynes, K.(2008). The effect of institutions on the difference in CEO pay levels across countries. In Gomez-Mejia, L. & Werner, S. (eds.) Global Compensation

Kor, Y. Y., Mahoney, J. T. & Watson, S. (2008) “The effects of demand, competitive, and technological uncertainty on board monitoring and institutional ownership of IPO firms.” Journal of Management and Governance, 12 (3): 239-259.

Misangyi, V. F., Weaver, G. R., & Elms, H., 2008. Ending corruption: The interplay among institutional logics, resources, and institutional entrepreneurs. Academy of Management Review, 33(3), 750- 770.

Weaver, G. R. & Misangyi, V. 2008. Corporations as citizens against corruption: An institutional entrepreneurship perspective. In A. G. Scherer & G. Palazzo, eds., Handbook of Research on Global Corporate Citizenship, Elgar, Cheltenham, UK & Northamption, MA.

Treviño, L. K., Weaver, G. R., & Brown, M. E., 2008. It’s lovely at the top: Hierarchical levels, identities, and perceptions of organizational ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly 18(2): 233-253

Miller, L. & Weiss, R. (2008). Medical education reform efforts and failures of U.S. medical schools, 1870-1930. Journal of the History of Medicine, 63(3), 348-387.

Professional Service

  • Tom Becker, Associate Editor of Human Performance, 2008-2011
  • Tom Becker, Guest Editor, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Special topic forum on workplace commitment and identification, 2005-2006
  • Mary Kernan, Editorial Board Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • John Sawyer, Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 2010-2013
  • John Sawyer, Editorial Board, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2007-2013
  • John Sawyer, Editorial Board, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 2004-present
  • John Sawyer, Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 2008 – present
  • John Sawyer, Editorial Board, Journal of Management, 1999-2002.
  • John Sawyer, Guest Editor, Academy of Management Journal, Special Research Forum: Change and Development Journeys into a Pluralistic World, 1999
  • John Sawyer, Guest Editor, Academy of Management Journal, Special Research Forum: Innovation and Organizations, 1996.
  • Wendy Smith, Guest Editor, Organization Studies, Special Research Forum: Paradox, Tensions and Dualities of Innovation and Change, 2014
  • Wendy Smith, Editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal, 2014-present
  • Wendy Smith, Editorial Board, Business Ethics Quarterly, 2014-present
  • Kati Takacs-Haynes, Editorial Board, American Journal of Business, 2012-present
  • Sharon Watson, Editorial Board Journal of Management,
  • Sharon Watson, Editorial Board, Journal of International Management
  • Gary Weaver, Editor in Chief, Business Ethics Quarterly, 2005-2011
  • Gary Weaver, Senior Associate Editor, 2011-present
  • Gary Weaver, Editorial Board, Academy of Management Review, 2005-2008
  • Gary Weaver, Editorial Board, Journal of Management, 2005-2009
  • Gary Weaver, Editorial Board, Business Ethics Quarterly, 2000- present

Research Awards and Grants

  • Dustin J. Sleesman, 2014 - General University Research Grant, University of Delaware
  • Wendy K. Smith, 2014 - Department of Business Administration Outstanding Scholarship Award
  • Wendy K. Smith, 2013 - General University Research Grant, University of Delaware
  • Katalin Takacs-Haynes, 2013 - Scholarly Impact Award, Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Katalin Takacs-Haynes, 2013 - Greif Research Impact Award, awarded by the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California, presented by the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management
  • Gary Weaver, 2013 - Outstanding Scholars, Lerner College, University of Delaware
  • John Sawyer, 2012 - Dow Electronic Materials. “Safety Culture: Plan, implementation and test of a safety culture intervention at Dow Electronic Materials.” $25,776
  • Sharon Watson, 2012 - Highly Commended Article Award, Emerald Publishing’s Literati Club Award for Excellence
  • Gary Weaver, 2012 - Citation Classics Award , Journal of Business Ethics
  • Gary Weaver, 2011 - Scholarly impact award, Journal of Management
  • Wendy Smith, 2010 - Best Paper in Graduate Management Education, Management and Education Division, Academy of Management
  • Kati Takacs-Haynes, 2010 - Transformative Leadership Training Scholarship, US Air Force Academy
  • Sharon Watson, 2010 - Best Paper Award, AIB Midwest Conference
  • Gary Weaver , 2010 - Best article, International Association for Business and Society
  • Thomas Becker, 2009 - German Science Foundation, $120,000
  • John Sawyer, 2009 - Delaware Valley Innovation Network (DVIN) Innovation Investment Education and Outreach grant. “Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology Program Development. $30,612
  • Wendy Smith, 2009 - Center for International Studies Research Grant, University of Delaware
  • Wendy Smith, 2009 - Center for Integrative Leadership Research Grant, University of Minnesota
  • Wendy Smith, 2009 - Institute for Social Science Research Grant, Cornell University
  • Wendy Smith, 2008 - Best Overall Conference Paper, European Group for Organizational Studies


  • Katalin Takacs-Haynes, 2013 - MBA Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Delaware, MBA Program, Lerner College of Business and Economics
  • Thomas Becker, 2013 - University Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Delaware
  • Daniel Sullivan, 2009 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year University of Delaware Executive MBA Program.
  • Diane Ferry, 2009 - Distinguished Teaching Award in Distance Education
  • Daniel Sullivan, 2008 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year University of Delaware Executive MBA Program.
  • Sharon Watson, 2008 - Innovative Teaching Award, UD Online, University of Delaware


  • Diane Ferry, 2013 - Outstanding Outreach/Service Award, Lerner College, University of Delaware


Managers work with people to make and implement the decisions that move organizations forward.

The management curriculum prepares students to be productive and insightful managers. Management is all about leadership, teamwork, communication and problem solving. Management students ask such questions as:

  • How can we make organizational changes, while maintaining productivity?
  • What resources do we need to develop and how should we use them to lead our organization to a competitive advantage?

Management courses address micro issues of human resources and organizational behavior, as well as macro issues of strategy and organizational design. In addition to these management basics, our curriculum includes courses in areas such as international business, negotiations and conflict resolution, small business management, labor relations and management systems.

Undergraduate Courses

MBA Courses

  • BUAD 667: Sustainability and Green Business
  • BUAD 700: Survey of Business
  • BUAD 811: Global Business Environment (Spring 2012)
  • BUAD 840: Ethical Issues in the Business Environment
  • BUAD 841: Managing and global enterprise
  • BUAD 843: Special Topics in Global Business
  • BUAD 856: Special Topics in New Venture Creation
  • BUAD 857: New Venture Creation II
  • BUAD 861: Ethical Leadership Development
  • BUAD 870: Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • BUAD 871: Managing for Creativity & Innovation
  • BUAD 872: Organizational Development & Change
  • BUAD 875: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • BUAD 877: Skills for Change Agents
  • BUAD 878: Leadership in international business cultures
  • BUAD 879: Negotiation
  • BUAD 890: Corporate Strategy

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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