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Gregory Gwynne Dess
Endowed Chair-Management
Office MailstopRoom No.: SOM4401 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4439    URL Dess' Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Business AdministrationUniversity of Washington1980
 MBA Georgia State University1976
 B.I.E. Georgia Institute of Technology1971
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  YearPublication  Type
Idiosyncrasy and the Risk Concept for Entrepreneurs Reconsidered: New Challenges to the Conventional Wisdom. With J. Janney. Journal of Business Venturing. Forthcoming.
Category: Journal of Business Venturing. Forthcoming
Peer reviewed
Rather than Searching for the Silver Bullet, Use Rubber Bullets: A View on the Research-practice Gap. With L. Markoczy. Journal of Supply Chain Management. Forthcoming.
Category: Journal of Supply Chain Management
Peer reviewed
Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advantages, 3rd Edition. With Tom Lumpkin and Marilyn Taylor. Burr Ridge: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2007, 2009 copyright.
Category: Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advanta...
Strategic Management: Text and Cases 4th Edition. With Tom Lumpkin and Alan Eisner. Burr Ridge: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2007, 2009 copyright.
Category: Strategic Management: Text and Cases 4th Edition
Middle Managers in the Strategy Process: Group Affiliation, Structural Holes, and Tertius Gaudens. 2007 National Academy of Management Meetings. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: August 8, 2007.
Category: 2007 National Academy of Management Meetings
Conference paper
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Haibin Yang (completed April, 2005)—member
Bindu Ayra (completed June, 2006)—member
Mine Ozer (completed Summer, 2007)—co-chair
Ekin Alakent (completed Summer, 2007)—co-chair
Irem Demirkan (completed Summer, 2007)—member
Ted Khoury (completed Summer, 2008)—member
Kenny Oh (completed Summer, 2008)—member
Yasu Yamakawa (completed Summer, 2009)—member
Erin Pleggenkuhle-Miles (to be completed Summer, 2011)—member
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2005-2008Visiting Professor  Xi'an Jiaotong University
1987-1996Professor (with tenure)  University of Texas at Arlington
1986-1987Visiting Associate Professor  Arizona State University
1984-1986Associate Professor(tenured 4/1986)  Florida State University
1980-1984Assistant Professor  University of South Carolina
1976-1979Predoctoral Teaching Associate  University of Washington
08/2002-PresentAndrew Cecil Endowed Chair in to present Applied Ethics and Area Coordinator  University of Texas at Dallas
08/1998-08/1998Visiting Professor  Norwegian School of Management
08/1996-06/2002Professor (with tenure) C.M. Gatton Endowed Chair inLeadership and Strategic Management  University of Kentucky
03/2004-06/2004Visiting Professor  Chinese University of Hong Kong
03/2002-06/2002Visiting Professor  Chinese University of Hong Kong
03/2001-06/2001Visiting Professor  Dartmouth College
01/1994-04/1994Fulbright Lectureship Recipient  University of Porto, Portugal
 News Articles
Prof Ranks Highly on Elite List of Business Scholars
UT Dallas News Center
School of Management Professor Gregory Dess is ranked in the top 50 on a list of scholars who have had the greatest impact on the field of management over that last quarter-century.
The rankings appear in a study published in this month’s  Journal of Management (Vol. 34, No. 4).
The article — “Scholarly Influence in the Field of Management: A Bibliometric Analysis of the Determinants of University and Author Impact in the Management Literature in the Past Quarter Century” — ranks the 150 authors cited most often in scholarly journals from 1981 to 2004. Professor Dess is No. 36.
Dess holds the Andrew Cecil Endowed Chair and is an internationally recognized expert in business strategy.  In addition to strategic management, his primary research interests center on entrepreneurship and knowledge management.

Prof Honored for Influential Entrepreneurship Work
UT Dallas News Center
While many businesses have come and gone during the last decade, UT Dallas Professor Gregory Dess’ landmark research paper on entrepreneurship has weathered the test of time and laid the groundwork for future research.
The Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management awarded Dess, an internationally recognized business strategy expert who holds the Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair in Applied Ethics in the School of Management, and co-author Tom Lumpkin the “Foundational Award” at its August IDEA Awards dinner in Chicago.
The annual gathering of research pioneers, thought leaders, emerging scholars and top-tier journal editors recognizes entrepreneurial work considered foundational, leading or promising.

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  • To receive Honorary Doctorate, University of Bern, Switzerland (December 5, 2009).
  • Outstanding "Foundational Paper Award", Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management 2009.
  • Outstanding Editorial Board Member, Strategic Management Journal, 2007.
  • Best Reviewer Award, Management and Organization Review (“for outstanding contributions 2004-2008”)
  • Finalist, 2005 Academy of Management Executive Best Paper Award (with Jay Janney)
  • Third most frequently downloaded article for Organizational Dynamics (out of 90 articles published between 2003-2005)
  • McGraw-Hill Irwin’s “First Edition Book of The Year” Award (2003)

  • Journal of Management Studies (2006-present)
  • Journal of World Business, International Strategic Management Editor (July, 2004-June, 2006)
  • Journal of International Entrepreneurship and Management (2004-present)
  • Management and Organization Review (2002-present)
  • Organizational Dynamics (2002-present)
  • Journal of Business Venturing (2000—2008)
  • Strategic Management Journal (1995–2007)
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (2006-present)
  • Journal of Learning and Organizational Behavior (2006-present)

  • “New Approaches to teaching strategy: Time for a change: Vol. II. A Special Development Workshop. A presenter at the 2008 Academy of Management Meetings with Tergesen, Ruhghase, Sherman, Floyd, Ireland, Eden, Ackermann, and Liebl (Anaheim, CA.) August 2008.
  • “Leadership Think Tank: The Questions We Don’t Ask” An All Academy Symposium. Organized by Mary Uhl-Bien with many participants. (Anaheim, CA) 2008.
  • “Time, Cognition, and Action: Developing a multi-level perspective.” A “discussant” in a symposium presentation at the 2007 Academy of Management Meetings with Nadkarni, Blount, Leroy, Mohammed, Barr, and Narayanan (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) August 2007.
  • “New Approaches to teaching strategy: Time for change?” A Special Development Workshop. A presenter at the 2007 Academy of Management Meetings with Terjensen, Huff, Floyd, Johnson, and Sherman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) August 2007.

  • Damaraju, N., Gaetz, J., Taylor, M. & Dess, G.G. “Jet Blue Airways” in Dess, G.G., Lumpkin, G.T. & Eisner, A. Strategic Management: Text and Cases, 3rd edition, (2007), pp. 538-547

  • Discussant at the 2007 Academy of Management Meetings. Session on “Dynamic Capability Development” (B.P.S. Division)
  • Discussant at the 2007 Academy of Management Meetings. Symposium on “Time, Cognition, and Action” (MOC, BPS)
  • Discussant at the 2006 Academy of Management Meetings. Session on “Startups, Spinoffs & Corporate Entrepreneurship” (Entrepreneurship Division)
  • Faculty, Entrepreneurship Division Doctoral Consortium. 2006, 2007.
  • Faculty, Entrepreneurship Division New Faculty Consortium. 2006
  • Participant and Presenter in Ernst & Young Seminar at Chinese University of Hong Kong (June, 2004).
  • Discussant at the 2004 Academy of Management Meetings. Session on “Organizational Learning” (New Orleans, LA), August 2004.
  • Presenter at the 2003 Entrepreneurship Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management meetings (Seattle, Washington), August 2003.
  • Invited presenter during workshop at 2003 Academy of Management meetings entitled “Making do with less: Maximizing productivity in contexts with limited research resources” (Seattle, Washington), August 2003.
  • Invited attendee the 2002 and 2003 Stanford Strategy Conference at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California).
  • Participated as faculty presenter at Doctoral Consortium during Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (Boston, Massachusetts) June 2003.
  • Invited attendee at the S.M.S. mini-conference on strategy process, University of Connecticut, May 2003.

  • Strategic Management Society
  • Academy of Management
  • Southern Management Association
  • Academy of International Business
  • American Management Association
  • The Fulbright Association


1972 United States Army, Ft. Bliss, Texas

  • Completed Basic Officer Course in Air Defense Artillery (Served eight years in active and inactive reserves)

1972-1976 Western Electric Company, Inc.

  • Began as a Resident Engineer in Charlotte, North Carolina, and had total responsibility for initiation and implementation of many diverse engineering projects. Promoted to Planning Engineer in 1974 and transferred to the Southern Regional Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

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