Rhonda Reger
University of Missouri

Rhonda Reger will join the University of Missouri as Chair of the Management Department of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business and M. Watkins Distinguished Professor of Management on July 1, 2017. Dr. Reger was most recently the Nestlé Professor of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee where she served as Director of Research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Director of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Organizations Doctoral Program. She previously held faculty positions at the University of Maryland (including Department Co-Chair and Faculty Director of the MBA Program), Arizona State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She earned a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Reger’s current research focuses on strategies to foster high growth and technology entrepreneurship. Her award-winning research on competitive dynamics, social approval assets, and organizational identity has appeared in leading scholarly journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Organizational Research Methods. She is currently serving as a co-PI on a prestigious NSF grant: Innovation Corps (I-Corps) South Node and Executive Director of I-Corps Tennessee. Numerous awards recognize her research, teaching, and reviewing skills. She has taught entrepreneurship, strategy and related courses to thousands of students at all levels from undergraduate to Ph.D., including students enrolled in joint engineering and business programs. She has worked with many large technology organizations including the Intel Corporation, Dow Chemical, and the National Institutes of Health as well as startups and small to medium sized businesses. She has taught EMBA and doctoral students in China, Europe, and Australia. Additionally, Dr. Reger has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management and on editorial review boards of several premier scholarly journals. She led the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division and served on the Business Policy and Strategy Division’s Executive Committee, both within the Academy of Management, and led the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group within the Strategic Management Society. She started her career with Dow Chemical in Clayton, Missouri after completing a BBA degree in marketing from Texas A&M University. She earned her MBA and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is married to Jeff Piland, a retired finance executive, and raised two wonderful sons, Sam and Max.