Santa Clara University

Tammy Madsen       

Associate Professor of Management

Tammy Madsen, Chair of Management DepartmentTammy L. Madsen (Ph.D., UCLA) is a Breetwor Fellow and Associate Professor of Strategy at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Tammy’s research interests are at the intersection of strategy, competitive dynamics and organizational evolution. One stream of her empirical work examines the competition between entrants and incumbents following industry transformation, the effects of deregulation on firm and industry evolution, and the evolution of heterogeneity in performance among firms. Her work in this area, with co-author Gordon Walker, Southern Methodist University, received the 2002 Glueck Best Paper Award from the Business Policy & Strategy Division (BPS) of the Academy of Management (AOM). Her most recent work explores how innovation contributes to sustained differences in superior profits among rivals. She recently co-edited a special issue of the Strategic Management Journal on competitive heterogeneity and her related work received a 2005 Distinguished Paper Award from the BPS Division of the Academy of Management. She has published work in the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Knowledge Management and International Marketing Review.

Tammy was a Dean Witter Fellow from 2001-2004 and received the Leavey School Dean’s Award for Exceptional Performance in Teaching, Research and Service from 2001-2005. She also was selected as a 2002 Ascendant Scholar by the Western Academy of Management Association based on her research and professional service. She has served on the Research Committee and the Executive Committee of the BPS Division (AOM) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Competitive Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. She also serves on the editorial review board of Organization Science and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Management Science. Tammy teaches the capstone strategy course in the MBA program at SCU and lectures on global strategy in the Leavey School’s Executive MBA program.

She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (U. of California, Santa Barbara) and a M.S. in Systems Management (U. of Southern California). She began her professional career as a test and evaluation engineer for the weapon control systems on the F14 aircraft. She subsequently worked as a design engineer and program manager at Delco Electronics, General Motors. Before joining SCU, she was an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Southern Methodist University. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, running and ocean swimming.



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