David Souder


Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

Management &



  • 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
  • Performance metrics
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Family businesses


David Souder is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at the University of Connecticut School of Business, and a Professor in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department.  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 media and business groups 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.

David has prior leadership experience as the Interim Campus Director for UConn Stamford, Interim Dean for the UConn School of Business, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.  Before joining academia, he worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant based in New York and London.

Featured publications:

  • David Souder, Myles Shaver, Jared Harris, and Abdullatif Alrashdan. ‘Performance metrics in strategy research: A new metric and method for assessing dynamic value,’ Strategic Management Journal, in press.
  • David Souder and Dhvani Badwaik. 2022. ‘Designing long term incentives that promote innovation instead of value capture,’ Oxford Review of Economic Policy 38(2): 322-337.
  • Brian Fox, Sergio Grove, and David Souder. 2021. ‘When good deals need help getting done: Articulating side payment strategies,’ Long Range Planning 54(6).
  • 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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Mailing AddressUnit 1041-41mg
Office LocationStorrs, BUSN 309
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