Mendoza School of Business

Adam Wowak

Associate Professor
Management & Organization
  353 Mendoza College of Business
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Adam Wowak is an Associate 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 investment banking.

Adam's research focuses on strategic leadership and corporate governance, with an emphasis on top executives and their effects on organizational outcomes. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Academy of Management Annals. His research has also been profiled in a wide range of media outlets, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, Forbes, NBC News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Adam is on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal, and currently serves as a representative-at-large for the Strategic Leadership & Governance interest group of the Strategic Management Society. He is also an award-winning teacher of MBA and undergraduate courses in strategic management.

Ph D, Pennsylvania State University
BS, Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Expertise
Strategic Leadership
Corporate Governance
Executive Compensation

Editorial Boards
Editorial Board Member
Strategic Management Journal

Editorial Board Member
Academy of Management Journal

Strategic Decision Making
Strategic Management
"Board predictive accuracy in executive selection decisions: How do initial board perceptions of CEO quality correspond with subsequent CEO career performance?", (With Timothy Quigley, Craig Crossland), Organization Science - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"CEO sociopolitical activism: A stakeholder alignment model", (With Donald Hambrick), Academy of Management Review - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"Inducements and motives at the top: A holistic perspective on the drivers of executive behavior", (With Luis Gomez-Mejia, Adam Steinbach), Academy of Management Annals, 11, 2017

"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

"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

"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, 25, 2008