David Souder


Academic Director, School of Business Executive Programs



  • Ph.D., Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • B.S., Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of expertise:

  • Long-term corporate investments
  • Organization design and sustainability
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Family businesses


David Souder is a Professor and the PhD Coordinator for the Management Department of the UConn School of Business, where he has taught courses in strategic management, statistics, and entrepreneurship since 2007.  He earned his BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance and Strategic Management, and his PhD in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Souder’s research focuses on corporate short-termism and long-term thinking, and he frequently speaks with business groups and media members on related topics.  In conjunction with the Network for Business Sustainability, he is the lead author of a systematic review and executive report on ways to incorporate long-term thinking into current business decisions.

Professor Souder is currently the Interim Campus Director for UConn Stamford and the Academic Director of the School’s Executive Programs.  He has previously served the School of Business as the Interim Dean and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.  Before joining academia, he obtained a decade of private-sector experience, primarily as a strategy consultant based in New York and London.

Featured publications:

  • David Souder, Aks Zaheer, Harry Sapienza, and Rebecca Ranucci. ‘How family influence, socioemotional wealth, and competitive conditions shape new technology adoption,’ Strategic Management Journal 38(9): 1774-1790.
  • David Souder and Philip Bromiley. ‘Timing for dollars: How option exercisability influences resource allocation,’ Journal of Management 43(8): 2555-2579.
  • David Souder, Philip Bromiley, Scott Mitchell, and Greg Reilly. 2017. ‘Does investing for the long term pay off for firms?,’ Rutgers Business Review, 2(2): 191-198.
  • David Souder, Greg Reilly, Philip Bromiley, and Scott Mitchell. 2016. ‘A behavioral understanding of investment horizon and firm performance,’ Organization Science, 27(5): 1202-1218.
  • Greg Reilly, David Souder, and Rebecca Ranucci. 2016. “Investment horizon in the resource allocation process: A review and framework for next steps,” Journal of Management, 42(5): 1169-1194.
  • Rebecca Ranucci and David Souder. 2015. ‘Facilitating tacit knowledge transfer: Routine compatibility, trustworthiness, and integration in M&As,’ Journal of Knowledge Management, 19(2): 257-276.
  • Jared Harris, Scott G. Johnson, and David Souder.  2013.  ‘Model-theoretic knowledge accumulation: The case of agency theory and incentive alignment,’ Academy of Management Review, 38(3): 442-454.
  • Aks Zaheer, Xavier Castaner, and David Souder.  2013.  ‘Complementarity, target autonomy, and acquisition performance,’ Journal of Management, 39(3): 604-632.
  • David Souder and Philip Bromiley.  2012.  ‘Explaining temporal orientation: Evidence from the durability of firms’ capital investments,’ Strategic Management Journal, 33(5): 550-569.
  • David Souder, Zeki Simsek and Scott G. Johnson.  2012.  ‘The differing effects of agent and founder CEOs on the firm’s market expansion,’ Strategic Management Journal, 33(1): 23-41.
  • David Souder and J. Myles Shaver.  2010.  ‘Constraints and incentives for making long horizon corporate investments,’ Strategic Management Journal, 31(12): 1316-1335.
Contact Information
Phone+1 (860) 486-5747
Mailing AddressUnit 1041-41mg
Office LocationStorrs, BUSN 347
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