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Joel Bolton

Joel Bolton

Associate Professor


Joel Bolton, Ph.D. currently serves as Executive Associate Dean in the College of Business and Economic Development at Southern Miss. He earned a B.A. in Communication at Texas A&M University, an M.B.A. at Sam Houston State University, and a Ph.D. in Management from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Since joining USM in 2013, Dr. Bolton has taught the capstone strategy courses for both the undergraduate and graduate business programs. His research activities primarily investigate questions related to corporate governance, managerial cognition, and the external environment of business. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Bolton enjoyed a corporate finance career with Hewlett-Packard (global IT solutions) and Memorial Hermann (healthcare services).

  • Strategy (PHD) - Oklahoma State University (2011)
  • MBA - Sam Houston State University (2004)
  • BA - Texas A & M University-College Station (1999)

MGT 400 - Global Managerial Policy & Strategy
MGT 660 - Global Business Strategy

  • A Call to Find Knowledge in Our Non-Findings, Strategic Organization, 2019,
  • When the Cat’s Away, the Mice Will Play: A Model of Corporate Regulatory Compliance, Journal of Managerial Issues, 2019
  • Serendipitous value creation in mergers and acquisitions of entrepreneurially-oriented firms: The moderating role of political skill, Journal of Managerial Issues, 2017
  • The role of top management team attention in new product introductions, Journal Of Business Research, 2017
  • Top management teams and corporate citizenship: Re-examining the place of worldviews, governance conditions, and incentives, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2017
  • Economic Development Strategies for Fracking: The Case of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Play, Journal of Energy and Development, 2016
  • Antecedents of New Director Social Capital, Journal of Management Studies, 2011, 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01020.x
  • Academy of Management
  • Southern Management Association
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

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Areas of Expertise

Corporate governance, Managerial cognition, External environment of business