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Brian L. Connelly

Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Auburn University

Professor Connelly's research explores how corporate governance structures, such as shareholders and boards, affect competition and strategic outcomes. Some of the key theoretical mechanisms that underlie his work include signaling theory, social network theory, and tournament theory. Dr Connelly is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management and Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal. He has also published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization. His work is often cited in media outlets, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Dr Connelly teaches Strategic Management to undergraduates and masters students and is also involved in teaching and mentoring in the PhD program. In recent years, he has won Auburn University's highest awards for both research and teaching He has two decades of experience in engineering and international business with companies such as Westinghouse and Hughes. During this time, he has lived and worked in England, Asia, and throughout the United States.


  • –present
    Professor and Luck Eminent Scholar, Auburn University


  • 2008 
    Texas A&M University, PhD
  • 2004 
    Indiana University, MBA
  • 1994 
    Johns Hopkins University, MSEE
  • 1987 
    Rutgers University, BSEE