David Souder

Interim Dean

Office of the Dean


  • 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


Professor Souder’s ongoing research analyzes the antecedents and consequences of firms’ long horizon investments, including capital infrastructure, organization design, and mergers and acquisitions.  He has published scholarly articles in the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Knowledge Management, and Business and Professional Ethics Journal.  In conjunction with the Network for Business Sustainability, Dr. Souder is the lead author of a systematic review and executive report on ways to incorporate long-term thinking into current business decisions.

Before joining academia, Dr. Souder obtained a decade of private-sector experience, primarily as a strategy consultant based in New York and London.  He also served as the finance director for a start-up that launched the first non-profit charter school in New York state, and continues to advise business and community organizations.

In the classroom, Dr. Souder has taught case-based courses in strategic management for undergraduate, MBA, and executive audiences, as well as a PhD seminar on research methods in strategic management.  He has also taught courses on the meaning and interpretation of statistics and the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities.

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.
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Phone+1 (860) 486-5747
Mailing AddressUnit 1041-41mg
Office LocationStorrs, BUSN 309
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