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Timothy Pollock



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I am the Haslam Chair in Business and Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Management Department of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville Haslam College of Business. Prior to joining Haslam I held faculty positions at Penn State University, the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Broadly defined, my research focuses on the social construction of value in uncertain and ambiguous circumstances, particularly the contexts of corporate governance, executive compensation and entrepreneurial market environments, with a focus on the initial public offerings (IPO) market. I consider how social and political factors such as reputation, celebrity, social capital, impression management activities, media accounts, and the power of different actors influence IPO firm performance, survival, alliance formation activities, and executive recruitment and compensation. I am also interested in how entrepreneurs' experiences and organizational resource endowments influence their strategic decision making.

My research has won the 1997 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition, the 2000 Lou Pondy Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, the 2009 IDEA Thought Leader Award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for the best recent entrepreneurship research, the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Best Published Paper Award for 2010, and the 2013 Bright Idea Award from Seton Hall University and the New Jersey Policy Research Organization. It has also been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award. I have published articles in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Human Communication Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Organizational Dynamics, Academy of Management Executive, British Journal of Management and Corporate Reputation Review.

I served as Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal from 2010-2013, and I am a member, or have been a member, of the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science and Strategic Organization. I received outstanding reviewer awards for my reviewing activities from the Academy of Management Journal in 2004 and 2010 and from the Journal of Business Venturing in 2010. I also co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Reputation, published by Oxford University Press and Corporate Reputation: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, published by Taylor and Francis. I served a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the Organization Science division of INFORMS from 2006-2010, and served as Representative-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management from 2006-2009. I am also an International Research Fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

At Haslam, I teach an undergraduate elective on managing start-ups and doctoral seminars on organization theory and academic writing. I have previously taught courses on strategy at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and doctoral levels, and on power and influence in full-time and executive MBA programs. In 2002 I won the Mabel C. Chipman Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, and in 2000 I was named one of the Top Five MBA professors by the Wisconsin MBA Graduate Students Association.

From this page you can access downloadable versions of all of my published research, and read the abstracts for my current working papers. You can also download copies of all of my syllabi, and find links to some sites that reflect my personal and professional interests.

A downloadable version of my curriculum vitae is available in Adobe Acrobat format. You'll need the free Acrobat reader to view it.

If you have any questions about my work, please contact me.