Tim Holcomb

Cintas Chair in Entrepreneurship & Associate Professor

Management & Entrepreneurship


Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • B.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor and Endowed Cintas Chair in Entrepreneurship, 2014-present.
  • The Jim Moran Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Florida State University, 2010-2014.
  • Executive Director, The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, Florida State University, 2010-2013.
  • Assistant Professor, Florida State University, 2007-2010.
  • Research Associate, Texas A&M University, 2003-2007.
  • Senior Vice President, Flextronics International Ltd., 2001-2003.
  • Founder, President and COO, Telcom Global Solutions, 1999-2001.
  • Associate Partner, Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), 1986-1999.
  • Current Board Memberships: ReliaQuest, OROS, Cerkl, CLoverleaf, SuiteSeat, GOTCHA Ride, Devoo

Selected Publications

  • Steinbach, A., Holcomb, T. R., Devers, C. E., Cannella, A. A., & Holmes, R. M. (in press). Top management team incentive heterogeneity, strategic investment behavior, and performance: A contingency theory of interest alignment. Strategic Management Journal.
  • Holmes, R. M., Hoskisson, R. E., Kim, H., Wan, W. P., Holcomb, T. R. (in press). The many Janus faces of business groups: A review, critique, and future research agenda for international strategy. Journal of World Business.
  • Lin, N., N., Devinney, T. M., & Holcomb, T. R. (in press). Examining managerial preferences and choices: The role of value creation and value appropriation drivers in strategic outsourcing. Long Range Planning.
  • DeGhetto, K., Sutton, A., Holcomb, T. R., & Holmes, R. M. (2015). It's who you know and what you do: How SMEs from emerging economies capitalize on founder ties to create bargaining power with foreign multinational alliance partners. In T. K. Das (Ed.), Research in Strategic Alliances: Strategic Alliances for SME Development. New York: Information Age Publishing.
  • Holmes, R. M., Bromiley, P., Devers, C. E., Holcomb, T. R., & McGuire, J. B. (2011). Management theory applications of prospect theory: Accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities. Journal of Management, 37(4), 1069-1107.
  • Holcomb, T. R., Combs, J. G., Sirmon, D. G., & Sexton, J. (2010). Modeling levels and time in entrepreneurship research: An illustration with growth strategies and post-IPO performance. Organizational Research Methods, 13(2), 348-389.
  • Holcomb, T. R., Holmes, R. M., & Connelly, B. (2009). Making the most of what you've got: Managerial ability as a source of resource value creation. Strategic Management Journal, 30(5), 457-485.
  • Certo, S. T., Holcomb, T. R., & Holmes, R. M. (2009). IPO research in management and entrepreneurship: Moving the research agenda forward. Journal of Management, 35(6), 1340-1378.
  • Holcomb, T. R., Ireland, R. D., Holmes, R. M., & Hitt, M. A. (2009). Architecture of entrepreneurial learning: Exploring the link among heuristics, knowledge, and action. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33(1), 167-192.
  • Collins, J., Holcomb, T. R., Certo, S. T., Hitt, M. A., & Lester, R. H. (2009). Learning by doing: Cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Journal of Business Research, 62(12), 1329-1334.
  • Holcomb, T. R., & Hitt, M. A. (2007). Toward a model of strategic outsourcing. Journal of Operations Management, 25(2), 464-481.
  • Morrow, J. L., Sirmon, D. G., Hitt, M. A., & Holcomb, T. R. (2007). Creating value in the face of declining performance: Firm strategies and organizational recovery. Strategic Management Journal, 28(3), 271-283.Earlier version of this paper awarded the SMS Best Conference Paper Prize and received the Honorable Mention SMS Best Conference Paper Award.
  • Certo, S. T., Holmes, R. M., & Holcomb, T. R. (2007). The influence of people on the performance of IPO firms. Business Horizons, 50(4), 271-276.
  • Holcomb, T. R., Hitt, M. A., Ireland, R. D., & Certo, S. T. (2007). Resources, industry membership, and firm performance: The role of capability configurations in value creation for IPO-stage new ventures. In Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 27(13), 467-483. Awarded the Irene M. McCarthy Award for Best Paper on the Topic of High Technology at the 2007 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
  • Devers, C. E., Holcomb, T. R., Holmes, R. M., & Cannella, A. A. (2006). Inside the black box: The contrasting effects of TMT long-term incentives on interest alignment. In Academy of Management Proceedings, 1, HH1-HH6.
  • Holcomb, T. R., Holmes, R. M., & Hitt, M. A. (2006). Diversification to achieve scale and scope: The strategic implications of resource management for value creation. In J. A. C. Baum, S. Dobrev, & A. van Witteloostuijn (Eds.), Advances in Strategic Management: Ecology and Strategy. Vol. 23 (pp. 549-587). Oxford, U.K.: JAI - Elsevier Science.
  • Cannella, A. A., & Holcomb, T. R. (2005). A multi-level analysis of the upper-echelons model: Planting seeds for future research. In F. Dansereau, & F. J. Yammarino (Eds.), Research in Multi-level Issues: Multi-level Issues in Strategy and Methods. Vol. 4 (pp. 263-273). Oxford, U.K.: JAI - Elsevier Science.
  • Cannella, A. A., & Holcomb, T. R. (2005). A multi-level analysis of the upper-echelons model. In F. Dansereau, & F. J. Yammarino (Eds.), Research in Multi-level Issues: Multi-level Issues in Strategy and Methods. Vol. 4 (pp. 197-238). Oxford, U.K.: JAI - Elsevier Science.

Honors & Awards

  • Editorial Board Memberships: Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (2017-present), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2011-present), Journal of Management (2010-present), Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (2008-present).
  • Member, Board of Reviewers, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). 2017-present.
  • SMS Best Conference Paper Award Finalist, Strategic Management Society, 2006, 2013, 2014
  • Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research Finalist, Kauffman Foundation, 2009
  • Irene M. McCarthy Award for Best Paper on the Topic of High Technology, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, 2007
  • Mays Business School Dean's Award for Outstanding Research, Texas A&M University, 2007
  • SMS Best Conference Paper Award, Strategic Management Society, 2005
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe Outstanding Alumnus Award, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2005
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 2001, 1990

Areas of Expertise

  • New venture formation, funding, and growth
  • Resource management theory
  • Managerial human capital, behavioral decision theory, and judgmental decision-making


Dr. Tim R. Holcomb holds the Cintas Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. Tim previously held the Jim Moran Professor of Entrepreneurship and served as executive director of The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. While at Florida State, he helped raise $100M to establish the nation's largest interdisciplinary entrepreneurship school, the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. Tim earned his Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems and his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Dr. Holcomb’s research interests include resource management and human capital theory, behavioral decision theory and judgmental decision-making, and venture formation, funding, and growth. Tim’s research appears in leading journals and has earned awards from the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Kauffman Foundation, and Babson College. He has published more than 30 research articles, book chapters, and edited proceedings, including seven in FT50 journals. He currently serves on editorial boards for three FT50 journals: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Journal of Management. He also serves on the Board of Reviewers for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and on the Research Committee of the Entrepreneurship Division in the 21,000 member Academy of Management and was previously elected to serve a 3-year term on the Executive Committee of the Strategy Division.

Dr. Holcomb has more than 30 years of strategy consulting, international business, and startup experience, including work in the U.S. and more than 25 countries. He has founded eight startups, raising more than $20 million in venture funding for those companies. Tim began his professional career at Accenture in strategy, where he consulted with Fortune 100 companies for thirteen years. He later founded Telcom Global Solutions (TGS) and two related operating companies and served as President and COO. At Telcom, he built a $30M services business with more than 250 employees that helped companies such as AT&T, Telefónica, Vodafone, and Telia Company design, build, and run their fixed and mobile networks in ten countries before exiting in a sale of the company to Flex (formerly Flextronics), a Fortune 500 firm. He later served as senior vice president at Flex, where he established and ran the company’s $800M network service division.

Dr. Holcomb has advised more than 100 startups and high growth companies during his career. He currently holds board positions with four funded companies: ReliaQuest, a global co-managed cybersecurity services leader, OROS, a leading fabric technology company, Cerkl, a personalized communications platform, and Cloverleaf.Me, a SaaS-based cultural identity discovery and development platform for teams. Collectively, he has helped these companies and others raise more than $50M in early-stage and growth equity financing.


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