Margarethe Wiersema

Margarethe Wiersema

Dean's Professor, Strategic Management

SB1 3203  


PhD, University of Michigan
MBA, University of Michigan
BA, Grand Valley State University

Research Interest

Activist Hedge Funds

Impact of Activism on CEOs and Boards

Corporate Governance

CEO Succession and Dismissal

Corporate Strategy - Product and International Diversification

Margarethe F. Wiersema holds the Dean’s Professorship in Strategic Management at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. She has an MBA and Ph.D. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching, Professor Wiersema was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Copenhagen Business School in recognition of a remarkable contribution to research dissemination and education. In 2022, she received the Academy of Management’s Irwin Outstanding Educator Award and the Strategic Management Society Service Award. She is a Strategic Management Society Fellow for making significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management and an International Fellow for the Advanced Institute of Management Research in the UK. In 2006, she was awarded the Distinguished PhD Alumni Award from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She has received numerous teaching awards for the Executive MBA and Health Care Executive MBA program at UCI. She has served on the faculty at the Business Schools at the University of Michigan, Rice University (where she held the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professorship in Management), and as a visiting scholar at London Business School and Copenhagen Business School.

Professor Wiersema is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts on corporate strategy and corporate governance with more than 60 publications and over 14,000 citations and her research has appeared in the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune, Business Week, the Washington Post, and The Economist Intelligence Unit for their “Executive Briefing”. She has published extensively in the premier journals in the field including the Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Administrative Science Quarterly. She has served as Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and is currently on the Senior Editorial Board of the Global Strategy Journal and serves as an Editor at Strategic Organization. She served on the board of directors of the Strategic Management Society (2006-2010) and was Past President of the Corporate Strategy and Governance Group of the Strategic Management Society (2006-2008). She currently serves on the board of the International Corporate Governance Society.

Professor Wiersema is actively involved with the business community by providing expertise on the subject of strategic analysis and thinking as well as the role of the Board of Directors and corporate governance. She has addressed a variety of business audiences and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, and has been actively involved in executive education and director training.