Santa Clara University

Tammy Madsen       

Associate Professor of Management

madsen-06-shdw-smTammy L. Madsen (Ph.D., UCLA) is Associate Professor of Strategy in the Management Department at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. 

Her research interests are at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and organizational evolution. She is currently engaged in studies on temporary advantage and competitive heterogeneity; distributed innovation; industry dynamics following institutional change; and ecosystem evolution and regional development. Her research has received various awards from the Business Policy & Strategy (BPS) Division of the Academy of Management, including the Glueck Best Paper Award, and appears in outlets such as: Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Knowledge Management

Tammy recently completed a 5-year leadership role for the BPS Division and has served in a similar capacity for the College of Organization Science. She also has served on the BPS Division’s Research and Executive Committees and was selected as a 2002 Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar. 

She teaches in the areas of strategy, crowdsourcing, and entrepreneurship at SCU where she has received the President’s Special Recognition Award and the Leavey School’s Extraordinary Faculty Awards (2000-2012). 

Tammy also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (UC Santa Barbara) and a M.S. in Systems Management (USC). Prior to joining SCU, she was member of the faculty at Southern Methodist University. 

She began her professional career as a test and evaluation engineer for the weapon control systems on the F14 aircraft and subsequently worked as a design engineer and program manager at Delco Electronics, General Motors.

September 2015



Phone 408-551-7165


Printer-friendly format