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Thomas P. Murtha

Distinguished Service Professor : Management Department

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Tom Murtha joined the Opus College of Business and the University of St. Thomas in January 2013 as a Distinguished Service Professor of Management. Most recently, he served as professor of management in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and professor of marketing and international business at Michigan State University. He is a professor emeritus of strategic management and organization at the University of Minnesota (2008), managing director of Stratametrics, Inc., a small global strategy consulting organization that does survey research and works with senior managers of international companies.

Murtha is the co-author of Managing New Industry Creation: Global Knowledge Formation and Entrepreneurship in High Technology, a book about the corporate strategies, technology innovation processes and business history of the flat panel display industry (Stanford University Press, December, 2001), and many articles in academic and management-oriented periodicals. He has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of International Business Studies, and as the founding editor of the journal’s departments of International Political Economy and Technology and Innovation.

In 2009, with seed funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Murtha helped to found a new academic society, the Industry Studies Association, of which he was elected president in 2011. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1989, and has served on the faculty and as coordinator of doctoral studies in international business at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He has given hundreds of presentations on such topics as global new industry creation and national competitiveness for industry, government and academic audiences across Asia, Europe and North America. Before his academic career, he worked in the advertising and publishing industries in New York, and wrote about music and the arts for such publications as Rolling Stone. He has been elected to the boards of several arts organizations, currently the Bakken Trio Chamber Music series in the Twin Cities, and, until 2012, the Chicago Opera Theater, where he remains a member of the President’s Council.


Academic Background

  • B.A., experimental education in written communication, University of Minnesota
  • M. A. public affairs, University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Ph.D., M.Phil., business administration, New York University, Stern School of Business

Teaching Specialties

  • Strategic alliances
  • Complex and cross-cultural negotiations
  • International business / management
  • National institutions and firm competitiveness
  • Knowledge and the firm
  • International business theory

Research Interests

  • Strategies for cross-border knowledge creation
  • Knowledge-driven competition
  • Organizational cognition and globalization processes
  • International firm/state strategic interaction
  • Country-specific strategic capabilities
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • New Industry Creation
  • Strategy, organization and entrepreneurship in the Arts

Major Works

  • Murtha, Thomas P., Stefanie Ann Lenway and Jeffrey A. Hart. Managing New Industry Creation: Global Knowledge Formation and Entrepreneurship in High Technology. Stanford: Stanford University Press (2001).
  • Kenney, Martin, Silvia Massini and Thomas P. Murtha, “Offshoring Administrative and Technical Work: New Fields for Understanding the Global Enterprise? Introductory article for the Focused Issue," Journal of International Business Studies, August (2009): 887-900.
  • Spencer, Jennifer W., Thomas P. Murtha and Stefanie A. Lenway,  “How Governments Matter to New Industry Creation,” Academy of Management Review, April (2005): 321-337.
  • Murtha, Thomas P., Stefanie Ann Lenway and Richard P. Bagozzi, “Global Mind-Sets and Cognitive Shift in a Complex Multinational Corporation,” Strategic Management Journal 19:2 (1998): 97-114.
  • Murtha, Thomas P. and Stefanie Ann Lenway, "Country Capabilities and the Strategic State: How National Political Institutions Affect Multinational Corporations' Strategies," Strategic Management Journal, Summer (1994): 113-129.
  • "Surviving Industrial Targeting: State Credibility and Public Policy Contingencies in Multinational Subcontracting," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Spring (1991): 117-143.

Professional Highlights

  • President, Industry Studies Association, 2010-2013; Board member, 2009-Present; Immediate Past President and Coordinator for the Founding Members, 2013-.
  • Co-coordinator, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Globalization Network, 2002-2009.
  • Department and/or associate editor: Journal of International Business Studies. Technology and Innovation Department, founding editor, 2003-2008; International Political Economy Department,  founding co-editor, 2002-4; Consulting Editor, 2008 – 11; Associate Editor, 1996-2003.
  • Managing Director and co-founder, Stratametrics, Inc., a consulting company specialized in measuring global strategic thinking within large organizations.

Community and Professional Involvement

  • President and board chair, Bakken Trio, Inc., non-profit musical performance and educational corporation, (Section 501c) Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996-2001; 2003-2005; 2013 – Member, 1996-2005; Lifetime director, 2005– Present.
  • President’s Council, Chicago Opera Theater, 2012-Present.
  • Board of Directors, Chicago Opera Theater, 2010 - 2012.
  • Board of Directors, St. John's Preparatory School Alumni Association, Collegeville, Minnesota,  1996-2003. Vice Chair, 1997-2000; Vice President, Finance, 2002.
  • Beaumont Tower Society, Michigan State University.

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Andrew H. Van de Ven Research Award, 2002.