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Margarethe Wiersema

Margarethe Wiersema

Dean's Professor, Strategic Management

SB1 3203

mfwierse@uci.edu  

Education

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

Research Interest

CEO Succession & Dismissal

CEO Replacement

Corporate Strategy - Product and International Diversification

Corporate Governance


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 PhD 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 2016 in recognition of a remarkable contribution to research dissemination and education. She was elected as a Strategic Management Society Fellow in 2012 for making significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management. In 2006, she was awarded the Distinguished PhD Alumni Award from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is an International Fellow for the Advanced Institute of Management Research in the UK. 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 50 publications and over 9200 citations and her research has appeared in the New York Times, The Financial Times, 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 serves as Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal, the premier academic journal in the strategy field and on the Senior Editorial Board of the Global Strategy Journal. 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).

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.  

Articles

  • The Impact of Earnings Expectations on Corporate Downsizing. Strategic Management Journal. Forthcoming. With Ann-Christine Schulz.
  • Global Strategic Context and CEO Appointments: The Importance of a Global Mindset. Global Strategy Journal. Forthcoming. With Yannick Thams and Aya Chacar.
  • Executive Succession: The Importance of Social Capital in CEO Appointments. Strategic Management Journal. 2018. Vol. 39(5):1473-1495. With Yoichiro Nishimura and Katsushi Suzuki.
  • Analyzing Analyst Research: A Review of Past Coverage and Recommendations for Future Research. Journal of Management, 2018, Vol. 44(1):218-248. With Matthias Brauer. http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/joma/0/0
  • Dismissing a Tarnished CEO? Psychological Mechanisms & Unconscious Biases in the Board’s Evaluation. California Management Review. 2017. Vol. 59(3):22-41. With Libby Weber.  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0008125617712257
  • What Board Directors Really Think of Gender Quotas. Harvard Business Review, November 2016. With Louise Mors. https://hbr.org/2016/11/what-board-directors-really-think-of-gender-quotas
  • Executive Succession and Strategic Change in Japan. Strategic Management Journal. 2015. Vol. 36(2):298-306. With M. Nakauchi. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smj.2255/abstract

News

  • Honorary Doctorate, Copenhagen Business School 2016
  • Invited Plenary Speaker, Strategic Management Society Chile Conference 2015
  • Invited to join the Senior Editorial Board, Global Strategy Journal
  • Invited Speaker, Oxford Reputation Conference 2015

Awards and Distinctions

  • Honorary Doctorate, Copenhagen Business School, 2016
  • Strategic Management Society Fellow, 2012
  • International Fellow 
  • Advanced Institute of Management Research, London, United Kingdom
  • Distinguished PhD Alumni Award
  • Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 2006
  • Senior Editor, Global Strategy Journal. 2015 -
  • Associate Editor, Academy of Management Review.  July 2011 - December 2012
  • Associate Editor, Strategic Management Journal.  May 2009 -
  • Director, Board of the Strategic Management Society, 2006-2010
  • President, Corporate Strategy & Governance Interest Group for Strategic Management Society, 2006-08
  • Chair, Committee for SMS Best Doctoral Paper Award, 2008, 2009
  • Member, Committee for SMS Emerging Scholar Award, 2007, 2008
  • Chair, Doctoral Student Workshop, Strategic Management Society Conference, 2005
  • Executive Committee, Business Policy & Strategy Division, Academy of Management, 1995-1997
  • 1994 Western Academy of Management, Ascendant Scholar
  • 2011 Finalist for Glueck Best Paper Award
  • 2009 Strategic Management Society PhD Best Paper Award
  • 2008 Finalist for Glueck Best Paper Award
  • Business Policy & Strategy Division, Academy of Management
  • 2005 Finalist for Glueck Best Paper Award
  • Business Policy & Strategy Division, Academy of Management
  • 2004 Booz Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society
  • PhD Fellowship Best Paper
  • 2003 Nominee for McKinsey/SMS Best Conference Paper Award
  • 2000 Carolyn Dexter Award Nominee
  • Business Policy & Strategy Division, Academy of Management
  • 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award, Health Care Executive MBA Program
  • 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award, Health Care Executive MBA Program
  • 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Health Care Executive MBA Program
  • 2011 Outstanding Teaching Award, Health Care Executive MBA Program
  • 2009 Most Challenging Professor Award, Health Care Executive MBA Program
  • 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program
  • 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award, Health Care Executive MBA Program
  • 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1993-1995 Outstanding Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program   
  • 1990-1991 Teaching Excellence Award, Executive MBA Program
  • 1989-1990 Award for Teaching Excellence, Executive MBA Program