Adam Wowak

Assistant Professor

Adam  Wowak

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Adam Wowak is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Mendoza College of Business. He received his Ph.D., as well as his bachelor's degree, from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to entering academia, he worked in the investment banking industry. Adam's research focuses on strategic leadership and corporate governance, with a particular emphasis on top executives and their effects on organizational outcomes. His work appears in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Annals. He is an active reviewer for almost all of the major journals in his field, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal. Adam also teaches undergraduate and master's-level courses in strategic management.

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Leadership

Corporate Governance

Executive Compensation


Ph D, Pennsylvania State University

BS, Pennsylvania State University


Strategic Decision Making

Strategic Management


"The elephant (or donkey) in the boardroom: How board political ideology affects CEO pay", (with Abhinav Gupta), Administrative Science Quarterly, 62, 2017.

"Earthquake or glacier? How CEO charisma manifests in firm strategy over time", (with Michael Mannor, Mathias Arrfelt, Gerry McNamara), Strategic Management Journal, 37, 2016.

"Heavy lies the crown? How job anxiety affects top executive decision making in gain and loss contexts", (with Michael Mannor, Viva Bartkus, Luis Gomez-Mejia), Strategic Management Journal, 37, 2016.

"Inducements and motives at the top: A holistic perspective on the drivers of executive behavior", (with Luis Gomez-Mejia, Adam Steinbach), to appear in Academy of Management Annals.

"Throwing caution to the wind: The effect of CEO stock option pay on the incidence of product safety problems", (with Michael Mannor, Kaitlin Wowak), Strategic Management Journal, 36, 2015.

"Do CEOs encounter within-tenure settling up? A multiperiod perspective on executive pay and dismissal", (with Donald Hambrick, Andrew Henderson), Academy of Management Journal, 54, 2011.

"A model of person-pay interaction: How executives vary in their responses to compensation arrangements", (with Donald Hambrick), Strategic Management Journal, 31, 2010.


"Whom do we want as our business leaders? How changes in the corporate milieu have brought about a new breed of CEOs", (with Donald Hambrick), In J. E. Ricart, & J. M. Rosanas (Eds.), Towards a New Theory of the Firm, 2012

"Who's the new kid? The process of developing centrality in venture capitalist deal networks", (with Bret Fund, Timothy Pollock, Ted Baker), In J. A. C. Baum, & T. J. Rowley (Eds.), Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 25, 2008