Bernadine Dykes

Assistant Professor of Management

Department: Business Administration
Campus Address: 211 Alfred Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1808


Bernadine J. Dykes, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of management in the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware.  Her research interests include market entry/first mover advantages, organizational learning and experience, and international management.  Her work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning and the Journal of Management Studies.  She teaches strategic management at the undergraduate and graduate level.


  • Ph.D.-Strategic Management Minors and International Business and SociologyMichigan State University, 2009
  • M.B.A.- Generial management, University of Virginia, 1994
  • B.B.A.-Accounting, Howard University-., 1990
  • Curriculum Vitae


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

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.

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.

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.

Featured in the New York Times (February 26, 2008): ‘Mergers in a Time of Bears.’  Featured in BusinessWeek (March 10, 2008):  ‘To Merge or Not.’  Featured in the International Herald Tribune (February 26, 2008): ‘To Make a Merger Work, Drive the Bandwagon.’

Gomez-Mejia, L., Wiseman, R. & Dykes, B. (2005)  Agency Problems in Diverse Contexts:  A Global Perspective.  Journal of Management Studies, 42 (7), 1507-1517.

Awards & Honors

Competitive Doctoral Enrichment Fellow, Michigan State University

Harold Wein Fellowship, Michigan State University

General Motors Fellowship, University of Virginia


  • “Corporate Strategy”, Fall 2010, Spring 2012
  • “Strategic Management”, 2009-2012
  • “Strategic Management”, 2007-2009
  • “Management Skills”, 2004-2006

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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