Tim Holcomb

Chair & Director, John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship & Endres Associate Professor Fellow & Associate Professor



Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • B.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership: Business and Public Policy, The George Washington University
  • Graduate Certificate in International Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota
  • Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Theory, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Entrepreneurship, 2020-present.
  • Director, John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship, 2018-present.
  • Farmer School of Business Endres Associate Professor Fellow, 2018-present.
  • Endowed Cintas Chair in Entrepreneurship, 2014-2018.
  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, 2014-2022.
  • 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, Akinda Co., LockDown, Cloverleaf, Apex Sports

Selected Publications

  • Smith B.R., Lawson, A., Jones, J., Holcomb, T.R., Minnich, A. (in press). Trying to serve two masters is easy, compared to three: Identity multiplicity work by Christian impact investors. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Brymer, R., Rodenberg, R., Zheng, H. & Holcomb, T. R. (2021). College football referee analytics: Testing for bias and game impact. Eastern Economic Journal, 47, 91-106 (2021).
  • Smith, B. R. & Holcomb, T.R. (2019). Innovating on and beyond campus: Entrepreneurship at Miami University. In C. H. Matthews (Ed.), Annals of Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy 2018, 3rd Edition. Northampton, MA: Edwin Elgar Publishing.
  • Holmes, R. M., Hoskisson, R. E., Kim, H., Wan, W. P., Holcomb, T. R. (2018). The many Janus faces of business groups: A review, critique, and future research agenda for international strategy. Journal of World Business.
  • Steinbach, A., Holcomb, T. R., Devers, C. E., Cannella, A. A., & Holmes, R. M. (2017). Top management team incentive heterogeneity, strategic investment behavior, and performance: A contingency theory of interest alignment. Strategic Management Journal.
  • Lin, N., N., Devinney, T. M., & Holcomb, T. R. (2017). 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

  • Miami University Prodesse Quam Conspici Award Recipient (2022).
  • Farmer School of Business Richard K. Smucker Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching Excellence (2021).
  • Member, Strategic Planning Commission, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) (2021-present).
  • Miami University Presidential Medallion Recipient (2020).
  • Member, Awards Nominations Review Committee, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) (2020-present)
  • Farmer School of Business Endres Associate Professor Fellow (2019-present).
  • Finalist, Startup and Venture Capital Catalyst of the Year for the State of Ohio, VentureOhio (2019).
  • Member, VentureOhio Venture Watch List and Entrepreneur of the Year Award Selection Committee (2019-present).
  • Representative-at-Large (Elected), Executive Committee, Entrepreneurship (ENT) Division, Academy of Management (2019-present).
  • Member, Cincy Magazine Cincinnati Emerging Entrepreneur Award and Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2018-present).
  • Finalist, Southwest Ohio Startup Mentor of the Year Award, The Greater Cincinnati Venture Association (GCVA) (2017).
  • Miami University Associated Student Government (ASG) Outstanding Professor Award Nominee (2017).
  • Southwest Ohio Startup Mentor of the Year Finalist, The Greater Cincinnati Venture Association (GCVA) (2017)
  • Miami University Faculty Teaching Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence (2015, 2017).
  • 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.
  • Member (Elected), Executive Committee, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management (2011-2014).
  • 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 and Growth | Venture Capital and Growth Equity | Resource Management Theory | Managerial Human Capital, Behavioral Decision Theory, and Judgmental Decision-Making


Dr. Tim R. Holcomb is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Director of the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. He was named a Farmer School of Business Endres Fellow in 2019. Holcomb was awarded the Miami University Prodesse Quam Conspici Award for selfless, servant leadership with great humility in 2022 and the Miami University Presidential Medallion in 2020 for leading the Entrepreneurship Program to its thirteenth consecutive Top 10 ranking for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies among public universities in the nation. In 2021, Tim won the Richard K. Smucker Teaching Excellence Award as the Outstanding Professor, given annually by the Farmer School of Business to the Professor that demonstrated teaching excellence and innovation that enhances student learning and success.

Dr. Holcomb previously held the Jim Moran Professorship in Entrepreneurship and served as Executive Director of The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. While at Florida State, Holcomb helped raise $100M to establish the nation’s largest interdisciplinary entrepreneurship school, the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. He 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. He received the 25th Annual Golden Arrow Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2005.

A member of the prestigious American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) Oases of Excellence Network and winner of the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award given annually to the top entrepreneurship program and institute in the world, Miami's Entrepreneurship program is internationally-recognized for outstanding academic research and immersive, practice-based learning programs in startup and venture capital, social entrepreneurship and impact investing, corporate innovation and technology commercialization, and creativity. In its annual ranking of the top entrepreneurship programs in the world, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review has ranked Miami's program in the "Top 10 Undergraduate Public Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies" for 14 consecutive years, reaching the Top 5 among publics for the first time in 2020. The Entrepreneurship program is ranked #13 overall in the world (an improvement from #15 in 2021), #7 among public universities (same as last year), #4 in the Midwest, and #1 in Ohio in the 2022 rankings. In addition, the program earned a Top 15 ranking among undergraduate entrepreneurship programs at National Public Universities (#15 overall) by the U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2020 Best Colleges Rankings Survey.

Holcomb has 100 refereed publications in management and entrepreneurship, including eight articles that appear on the prestigious Financial Times 50 (FT50) list and more than 50 refereed presentations and conference proceedings. His work has earned awards from the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Kauffman Foundation, and Babson College, and he currently serves on editorial boards for three FT50 journals: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Journal of Management. Tim serves on the Board of Reviewers for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Entrepreneurship Division in the 21,000 member Academy of Management. He previously served a 3-year term as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Strategy Division.

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, Telefonica, Vodafone, and Telia Company design, build, and run their fixed and mobile networks 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 (formerly Flextronics), where he established and ran the company’s $800M network service division.

Holcomb has advised hundreds of startups and high growth companies during his career. He was a finalist for the VentureOhio Catalyst of the Year Award for the State of Ohio in 2019 and for the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association (GVCA) Mentor of the Year Award for Greater Cincinnati in 2017. Tim currently advises and/or serves on board of companies that have raised $700 million in funding over past 5 years, including ReliaQuest, a Security Model Management leader; OROS, an outerwear/fabric technology leader; CERKL, a personalized communications leader; 4Privacy, a network security leader; and Homeshake, a residential real estate marketplace that allows buyers and sellers to negotiate deals directly, among others.

Specialties: Business Model Innovation | Startup Methodology and Growth Strategy | Venture Capital


  • FALL 2022
Tim Holcomb

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • by appointment


* Accessible version of PDF available upon request.