John Joseph

John Joseph

Associate Professor

SB2 341



PhD, Northwestern University
MBA, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interest

Strategic Decision Making

Organizational Design

Attention and Feedback in Organizations

Strategic Planning

Corporate Strategy


John Joseph is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. John received his PhD from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. John has taught in the full-time, part-time and executive education programs at Kellogg, has taught in the core curriculum for Duke’s full-time MBA program, and now teaches core strategy (full and part-time) and executive education programs at UC Irvine. He is a decorated instructor who has received several teaching awards.

John’s research examines organizational designs for better strategic planning, technology development, and growth. John’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Long Range Planning, Advances in Strategic Management, Academy of Management Proceedings and other peer-reviewed publications, and has also developed a number of case studies on strategic decision making. John is a member of the Academy of Management and is a representative-atlarge of the strategic process interest group of the Strategic Management Society. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Design, and serves as an editorial board member of the management field’s top two journals: Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Management Journal. He is currently co-editing a volume of Advances in Strategic Management on Organizational Design.

John’s experience outside academia includes managerial positions in the technology, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors. His speaking, research and consulting engagements include: Argyle Executive Forum, British Petroleum, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, CMO Council, Dart Enterprises, Duke University Hospital, General Electric, Heidrick and Struggles, Kellogg Center for Non-Profit Management, Market-bridge, Molina Healthcare, Motorola, and Samsung Electronics.


Recent Publications

  • Joseph, J. and Gaba, V. 2019. Organizational Structure, Information Processing and
    Decision Making: A Retrospective and Roadmap for Research, Academy of
    Management Annals
  • Joseph, J., Baumann, O., Burton, R., and Srikanth, K., (Eds.)  Advances in Strategic Management: Organization Design, Emerald Publishing: UK.

Selected peer-reviewed publications

Harvard Business Review

Awards & Grants

  • 2019 Full-Time MBA Core Teaching Award - The Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2018 Full-Time MBA Core Teaching Award - The Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2017 Industry Studies Association (ISA) Ralph Gomory Best Industry Studies Paper Award for “Entry Timing and Innovation Strategy in Feature Phones” published in Strategic Management Journal.
  • 2017 Center for Organizational Research Small Grant  University of California, Irvine
  • 2016 Junior Faculty Research Award – UCI Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2016 Innovation in Teaching Award – UCI Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2016 CORCLR Faculty Research Grant – UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Current Research and Editorial Activities