Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Fall 2017
  • MW 3:00PM-4:25PM
  • or by appointment


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Tim Holcomb

Cintas Chair in Entrepreneurship & Associate Professor

Management & Entrepreneurship

Profile Biography Courses

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