Worthington Scranton's Dr. Michael Michalisin Co-Authors Journal Article

Dr. Michael D. Michalisin, professor of management and program coordinator for the business program at Penn State Worthington Scranton, recently had an article he co-authored published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.

The journal article, which he co-authored with Dr. Matthew S. Wood, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was entitled, "Entrepreneurial Drive in the Top Management Team: Effects on Strategic Choice and Firm Performance."

The pair documented the development of a theoretical model that showed the relationships between top management teams' entrepreneurial drive, their strategic choices, and superior industry performance, and formed testable hypotheses.

The results of the study strongly supported the hypotheses that entrepreneurial drive is positively associated with superior industry performance and that the entrepreneurial orientation of the teams' choices is positively associated with superior industry performance.

This study also found evidence that the relationship between top management teams' entrepreneurial drive and superior industry performance is moderated by the teams' strategic choices. 


These results have important implications in terms of how entrepreneurial drive and strategic choices can affect firm performance in today's hyper-competitive environment.


Dr. Michalisin obtained his Ph.D. in strategic management and macro-organizational theory from Kent State University, an MBA in finance from Duquesne University, a B.S. in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a licensed certified public accountant.


In addition to his academic experience he has worked in industry at Ernst and Young, LLP, Westinghouse, and Finalco Group, Inc.


His main research interests include the Resource-Based View of the Firm, Business and Environmental Sustainability, Top Management Team Dynamics, and Strategic Entrepreneurship, among others. He has published numerous journal articles, a book chapter, and presented numerous theoretical and empirical papers at top academic conferences.