Violina Rindova

Violina Rindova

Associate Dean for Research and PhD Program, Dean’s Leadership Circle Chair, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
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PhD in Management, Stern School of Business, New York University
MBA, Madrid Business School, University of Houston, Madrid, Spain
JD, Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Research Interest

Strategic Innovation

Strategy Under Uncertainty

Strategic Foresight and Imagination

Scenario Planning

Business Innovation

Industry Disruption

Strategic Leadership

Strategic Entrepreneurship

Corporate Purpose and Stakeholder Strategy

Corporate Reputation

Reputation Management

Professor Violina Rindova holds the Dean’s Leadership Circle Chair. Prior the joining the Merage School of Business, she was on the faculty of the Marshall School of Business, USC, where she held the Captain Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship and served as a Research Director of the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; and the faculty of the McCombs School of Business, where she held the Zlotnik Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship and served as the Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal. She holds a PhD in Management from the Stern School of Business, New York University, an MBA from Madrid Business School, Spain, and a JD from Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Professor Rindova has published over 70 articles and book chapters in the leading management journals on a variety of strategy and entrepreneurship topics including competitive and growth strategies in dynamic and uncertain technology contexts; the socio-cognitive and cultural approaches to strategic innovation and market creation and transformation; and stakeholder evaluations, media attention, and the development of firm reputation. Her recent work focuses on strategy under uncertainty and how firms imagine and shape the future through design-based strategies. Her work has been frequently in the business media, including the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the Thought Leadership Award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, the Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution from Strategic Organization, the Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society, and the Journal of Management Inquiry Distinguished Scholar Award. She has served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and is currently a senior editor at Strategy Science.

Professor Rindova has taught in a variety of executive programs around the globe and has worked with clients from the advertising, entrainment, insurance, food, healthcare, and education industries.

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