Timothy Bernarr Folta


Faculty Director, CCEI

Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship


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Education/Professional Certification

  • Ph.D. in Management, Purdue University (1994)

Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
  • Corporate Strategy and Diversification
  • Market Entry and Exit
  • Managing Uncertainty


Timothy B. Folta (Ph.D. Purdue University) is Professor; Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Chair of Strategic Entrepreneurship at University of Connecticut; Faculty Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Chair of the Strategic Management Division (6000 members) of the Academy of Management.

His research and teaching examine both entrepreneurship and corporate strategy, analyzing decisions around entry, exit, and diversification. He is currently examining the role of the corporate headquarters in multi-business firms in reallocating strategic resources across businesses, and the effectiveness of government grant programs in supporting technical entrepreneurship. His research has appeared in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal. He is Associate Editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, co-Editor of a 2016 volume of Advances in Strategic Management on Resource Redeployment and Corporate Strategy, and on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategy Science. Tim has held leadership positions in the Academy of Management, serving as a member of the executive committees of the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division (2003-2005) and the Entrepreneurship Division (2015-present), co-Chair of the BPS Doctoral Consortium (2004-2005), and member of the BPS Research Committee (1999-2001).

He has been a Fellow at the University of Strasbourg (France) Institute for Advanced Study (2012-2016), a Visiting Professor at Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), ESADE Business School (Barcelona), Ecole de Management Lyon, and LUISS University (Rome). Prior to his UConn appointment he held the Brock Family Chair of Strategic Management at Purdue University. He regularly teaches executives, masters, undergraduates, and Ph.D. students.


  • 2019, 2020 Award for Teaching Excellence, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid)
  • 2018 Best Paper in the Corporate Strategy Interest Group at the 2018 Strategic Management Society Conference in Paris, for paper titled “How does the potential for resource redeployment affect market exit decisions? Evidence from the global retail sector”, with T Sohl.
  • 2012-2016 Fellow to the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study, which strives to encourage and support research in science and humanities at the highest level by bringing together local and foreign scholars from diverse disciplines and fostering interactions among researchers and with the wider community of the university.
  • 2012 IDEA Foundational Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Division at the Academy of Management honoring a paper that has powerfully and positively changed the conversation in the field of entrepreneurship for at least a decade
  • 2009 Fulbright Special Senior Scholar Award for the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright program in Italy
  • 2006 Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration Award for the best conference paper exploring the importance of small business to the U.S. economy or a public policy issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community
  • 1994 Gleuck Best Paper award in the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management
  • 1992 Best Empirical Paper award in the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management

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