Robert Ryan

Doctoral Candidate in Strategic Management

 

Office: 
282 Mervis Hall
Phone: 
302-893-7622

Degrees

  • PhD in Business Administration, Strategic Management; Minor in Organizational Learning and Cognition,  University of Pittsburgh (pending)
  • Master of Business Administration, Concentration in Econometrics, University of Delaware
  • Bachelor of Arts, Majors in International Relations and Anthropology, University of Delaware

Research Interests

 Strategic Management (BPS, TIM, ENT, etc.)

  • Timing of rivals’ strategic initiatives
  • Synthesis of business cycle theories- i.e., Ryan’s own Harmonic Oscillation Theory (HOT)
  • Creators and Curators in business communities (Institutional Theory)
  • Empirical research on credibility of new products and technologies

Managerial Ethics and Cognition (SIM, OMT, etc.)

  • Theorizing how actors commit to take action 
  • Cognitive micro-foundations of managerial action (i.e., what managers actually “do”)
  • Theories of testaments, credibility, and speech acts

Published Papers

  • Barry Mitnick and Robert Ryan. (2015) On Making Meaning: Curators, Social Assembly, and Mashups. Strategic Organization. 
  • Robert Ryan. Harmonic Oscillation Theory: Competitive and Cooperative Entrainment as a View of the Firm. Best Paper Proceedings: BPS Division. Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, 2014.

Conference Papers

  • Robert Ryan and Barry Mitnick. (2015). Routines, Frictions, and Parenthetical "Man": The Model of Managerial Rationality. Accepted for presentation at INFORMS, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2015.
  • Robert Ryan. (2015). Promethian Cliques, Mercurian Communities: Effects of Community-Building on 3D Desktop Printing and Micro-Computer Industries. Job Market Paper. Presented at SMS, Denver, CO, Oct. 2015. (Targeted to Strategic Management Journal) 
  • Robert Ryan. Harmonic Oscillation Theory: Competitive and Cooperative Entrainment as a View of the Firm. Best Paper Proceedings: BPS Division. Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, 2014.
  • Barry Mitnick and Robert Ryan. 2012. The Social Construction of Proof. Presented at The Society for Business Ethics 2012 Conference, Boston. (Targeted to Strategic Management Journal)

Submitted Work

  • Robert Ryan. Harmonic Oscillation Theory: Competitive and Cooperative Entertainment as a View of the Firm. (Submitted to Strategic Management Journal). 

Selected Working Papers Near Completion (Estimated Submission before 2016):

  • Robert Ryan and Barry Mitnick. The Certified Action Model of Institutional Agency. (Updating SBE Conference paper. Targeted to Administrative Science Quarterly or Business Ethics Quarterly)
  • Robert Ryan. A Three Era Institutional Model of Industrial Evolution. Dissertation Essay. (Targeted to Administrative Science Quarterly)
  • Robert Ryan. The Consumer Decision to Make or Buy: A new Perspective on Technology Adoption. Dissertation Essay. (Targeted to Organization Science or Journal of Marketing)

Grant-Based Research

(Over $16,500 in research grants)

2015

  • BNY/Mellon Doctoral Research Grant     ($2500)  
  • Berg Center for Ethics Assistantship with Dr. Barry Mitnick   ($3000)

2014

  • International Business Center Travel Grant for Dissertation    ($1700) 
  • Product Development and Management Association: Doctoral Fellow, Paid Conference Participant

<2013 

  • Berg Center for Ethics Assistantship with Dr. Barry Mitnick     ($3000)           
  • Special Research Assistantship with Dr. Barry Mitnick     ($5000)
  • Tafel Fellowship     ($1000)
  • PPG Industries, Inc. Research with Dr. Susan Cohen     ($1500) 

Teaching Experience

University of Pittsburgh:

  • Lecturer (Teaching Fellow): Strategic Management (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
  • TA Coordinator and substitute instruction: Managerial Ethics (Fall 2011) (Supervision of four other teaching assistants, covering five class sections and almost 300 students; under Dr. Barry Mitnick)

University of Delaware:

  • Supervised Instructor: SAP Configuration (Spring 2010) (1-credit course under supervision of Diane Ferry, MIS instructor) 
  • Supervised Instructor: MIS Capstone Course, Microsoft Project 2007 Training Module (One credit of instruction for 12-credit course sequence under supervision of Diane Ferry, MIS instructor)
  • 3-Credit Course: The Teaching of Anthropology  Anthropology 101 (Spring 2007) (Discussion sections under supervision of Dr. Patricia Sloane-White. Dr. Sloane-White won a university-wide teaching award for this co-instructed course)

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Management (currently active in BPS, TIM, SIM, and MOC divisions)
  • Society for Business Ethics
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Product Development and Management Association
  • Society for the History of Technology

Reviewing Experience

  • Journal of Business Research
  • Academy of Management Conference (2011-2015)
  • Business and Society Symposium (2010-2011)