Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Management Department

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Management Department

The Management Department prepares students to be leaders in innovative, entrepreneurial and technology settings: in large established firms, small and medium sized growth businesses, and entrepreneurial startups.  We contribute scholarly research and innovative instructional programs addressing cutting edge organizations, creativity, new forms of organizing, flexible and nimble organizations, and organizations in the information age and the idea economy.  We are organized into three groups of faculty with diverse expertise and talents.

  • The Innovation, Organizations and People (IPO) group focuses on how human behavior, human resource management and communications supports innovation and entrepreneurship in organizations.
  • The Information Systems, Analytics and Technology (ISAT) group focuses on information systems, supply chain management, business analytics and the management of technology.
  • The Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (SIE) group focuses on the organization as a whole — building new organizations from idea to business, as well as keeping medium and large organizations nimble, innovative and entrepreneurial in the global economy.

Students earning an emphasis in management will learn the skills and tools needed to lead successful organizations from projects to departments and small businesses to global enterprises. Management coursework at Mizzou is diverse because managing today and in the future requires a strong set of skills and abilities: entrepreneurial strategy, human resource management, human behavior in organizations, information systems/analytics, operations management, business law, diversity and inclusion and leadership and ethics.

New Faculty: Arriving Summer 2018

Information Systems, Analytics and Technology Group  

Chaoqun Deng is joining us from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Information Systems doctoral program.  

Deng’s research interests center on the intersection of social media, sharing economy and firm strategies. In particular, her research utilizes theories from Information Systems and Marketing to examine managerial response strategies in online digital platforms. In her dissertation, she developed theoretically anchored frameworks to dig deeper into both the nature of customer reviews and that of managerial responses by using Machine Learning (e.g. Deep Learning) and Natural Language Processing techniques to explore 1) factors that influence the propensity of managerial response to customer reviews 2) how should managers respond and the effects of their response on future customer attitudes and 3) how customer reviews modulate the effects of visual cues on trust formation and consequently the demand for services in online peer-peer platforms. She has published two journal papers (e.g. Information Systems Frontiers) and has two requested revisions from premier journals (Management Information Systems Quarterly and Strategic Management Journal). She has presented her work 11 times at major conferences in information systems and management, leading to 9 publications in major conference proceedings.  She has taught various topics in supply chain management and information systems.

Innovation, People, and Organizations Group

Daniel Newton will join the University of Missouri following the completion of his doctoral degree from Arizona State University, where he has taught organizational behavior and negotiations.

Newton’s research focuses on (1) the causes and consequences of “speaking up,” (2) how individuals engage at work and transition their energies across tasks, and (3) how individuals emerge as leaders. His dissertation explores when individuals’ voice is tuned out due to their repeated expression of ideas or problems. His research has appeared in Personnel Psychology and Human Resource Management Review, and current manuscripts are under review at Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. A recipient of a four-year NASA grant, he has conducted research with isolated crews in Houston and will begin data collection with astronauts aboard the International Space Station in 2018.

Prior to joining academia, Newton worked in corporate finance/strategy at a Fortune 50 firm.

Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Group

Joel Andrus, is completing his PhD at Texas A&M University and will be joining our Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship group in July. His research focuses on the intersection of strategic leaders and sustainability. He has also published research on boards of directors (Academy of Management Annals) and Bayesian analysis (Personality and Individual Differences).  He has several papers under review at top journals on mobility, innovation, and top management teams. His working papers include executive labor markets (e.g., topics such as compensation, exit, and hiring), as well as several papers on how firm financial and reputational outcomes are influenced by voluntary environmental disclosure. His dissertation looks at various factors that influence strategic entrepreneurship by public sector organizations who invest in sustainable energy generation. He has taught the undergraduate strategic management capstone course at TAMU.

Prior to his PhD, he was an environmental engineer in the southwest U.S for 9 years.

Xinran “Joyce” Wang graduated from the University of Tennessee in August 2017 and has been a visiting Assistant Professor in our department since August 2017.

Wang’s dissertation won a prestigious Strategy Research Foundation Grant (one of only 15 grants awarded worldwide), and papers from her dissertation have won three best paper awards including the best conference paper at the Strategic Management Society meetings.

Her dissertation explores the effects of social media on firm outcomes.  In one essay, she explores the effects of social media, national animosity, and nationalism on social disapproval of firms following negative events. She created the first quantitative scale measuring national animosity, a construct that previously had only been studied qualitatively.  Another essay investigates how new corporations, following initial public offerings, use communication strategies to overcome the liability of newness.  She is currently revising the third essay, a theoretical model of social disapproval in a social media world, for an invited revision to the premier management theory journal, the Academy of Management Review. She has taught the strategic management capstone course at the University of Tennessee, where she won a teaching award, and the University of Missouri.


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Programmatic Innovation: We Lead the Way in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management Experiential Learning

Fall & Spring: Management 4720/8001 Experiential Entrepreneurship is open to all MU students, with instructor consent (contact Greg Bier). This course engages students in experiences that develop entrepreneurial characteristics such as a passion for business, tenacity despite failure, self-determination, management of risk, self-confidence, opportunity creation, creativity, initiative, and detail orientation.

Spring Semester: MGMT 8200: Commercialization of Life Science Innovations is open to all MU graduate students. Students enrolled in this course join innovative researchers in Coulter Boot Camp where students and researchers work together to confirm that the researcher’s innovation 1) solves an important unmet clinical need and 2) represents a viable business opportunity.

Students learn the principles of biomedical commercialization while helping move an actual MU innovation closer to market. With students helping build the business case for why their project should receive a Coulter Award, the researcher inventors are able to make a more competitive pitch for Coulter funding. 

By the end of Boot Camp, the teams pitch their project to the Coulter Oversight Committee, a group of industry representatives, investors, clinicians and academic researchers that selects the projects that will receive Coulter Awards. Coulter Awards include non-dilutive funding as well as project management oversight, custom marketing, regulatory and reimbursement support, and introductions to potential customers, partners and investors. The typical Coulter award is $100,000. The Coulter Program awards approximately $500,000/year. 

Fall Semester: Management 8550: Launching a High-Growth Venture is open to all MU graduate students. It develops entrepreneurial leaders with the sophistication required to participate in the launch of a high-growth venture; particularly the skills for evaluating, preparing and presenting business plans and capital investment requests to investors.

Why should you enroll in this course? We get results!  

  • Nine student teams have won $5,000 to use however they want
  • All our teams that applied to the Rice Business Plan Competition, have been accepted (on average, only 5-6% of applicants are accepted)
  • One team was accepted into the VentureWell E-Team Program (Stage 1 & Stage 2)
  • Several students were hired by the companies to serve as CEO, COO and other key roles
  • The companies went on to raise 10’s of millions in angel/venture capital

2017 AACSB’s Entrepreneurial Spotlight Challenge Winner:

Our Entrepreneurship Alliance program, led by Greg Bier, was recognized for our commitment to fostering creativity, problem solving and an innovative mindset required of future business leaders. Way to go, Greg!

We Lead the Way in Research: 

Recent Publications:

D Yin, SD Bond, H Zhang, Keep your cool or let it out: Nonlineaer effects of expressed arousal on perceptions of consumer reviews. Journal of Marketing Research 54 (3), 447-463

Zavyalova, A., Pfarrer, M. D., & Reger, R. K. (2017). Celebrity and infamy? The consequences of media narratives about organizational identity. Academy of Management Review, 42(3), 461-480.

Turban, D. B., Moake, T. R., Wu, S. Y. H., & Cheung, Y. H. (2017 accepted January 7, 2016). Linking extraversion and proactive personality to career success: The role of mentoring received and organizational knowledge. Journal of Career Development. 44, 20-33.

Jakubovskis, A. (2017). Strategic facility location, capacity acquisition, and technology choice decisions under demand uncertainty: robust vs. non-robust optimization approaches. European Journal of Operational Research, 260 (3), 1095–1104,

Jakubovskis, A. (2017). Flexible production resources and capacity utilization rates: A robust optimization perspective. International Journal of Production Economics, 189, 77-85,

Robert, C. (Ed.). (2017). Humor at Work: A Psychological Perspective. In Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology (Arnold Bakker, Series Ed.). East Sussex, UK: Routledge (Psychology Press).

Raub, S., & Robert, C. (2016). Empowerment, organizational commitment, and voice behavior in the hospitality industry: Evidence from a multi-national sample. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Turban, D. B., & Wan. Y. (2016). Relationship of eudaimonia and hedonia with work outcomes. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 31: 1006 - 1020.

Heslin, P. A. & Turban, D. B. (2016). Enabling career success.

Organizational Dynamics, 45: 155 - 164.

Zavyalova, A.; Pfarrer, M. Reger, R.K & Hubbard, T.D. 2016. Reputation as a Benefit and a Burden? How Stakeholders’ Organizational Identification Affects the Role of Reputation Following a Negative Event, Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 59, Issue 1, 253-276.

Clark, B., Robert, C., & Hampton, S. (2016). The technology effect: How perceptions of technology drive excessive optimism. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31, 87-102.

Research Recognition:

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Moake, Nahyun Oh, and Clarissa Steele for winning the Douglas Nigh Award at the annual Academy of Management conference. Nahyun, a doctoral candidate in management at the University of Missouri, is currently completing her dissertation and expects to graduate in 2018. Clarissa is a third-year doctoral student in management at the University of Missouri. Clarissa also won an Outstanding Reviewer Award at the conference.

Congratulations to Dr. Xinran Joyce Wang, Visiting Assistant Professor in Management, for winning the Best Student Paper from the Social Issues in Management (SIM) division of the Academy of Management for her paper entitled “From home-country shared grievances to cross-border social disapproval: Social media coverage, national animosity, and nationalism as integrated mobilizations” [with Rhonda Reger (Management Department), Wei Zhou (Tennessee) and David Williams (Tennessee)].

Gay Albright, Director of International Relations, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, Larry Dill, Director, MU International Trade Center/MO SBTDC and adjunct instructor in Management, and Jackie Rasmussen, International Trade Specialist, MU International Trade Center/MO SBTDCpresented Creatively Partnering and Leveraging Resources to Build Client Value at the 2017 Americas Small Business Development Center Annual Conference in Nashville.