- Ph.D., Florida State University
Richard (Rich) A. Devine joined American University in fall 2018 after earning his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Florida State University. His research is primarily in the areas of strategic leadership, non-market strategy, and entrepreneurship. In particular, he is interested in how the characteristics of executives, founders, and venture teams affect market and non-market outcomes, which he investigates in the context of established companies, start-ups and high-growth firms, and other unique settings. His research also often investigates the influence of gender, as it is important to better understand the challenges, contributions, and experiences of women in leadership. In another stream of research, he examines how firms manage their political environments, and specifically, strategies that firms employ (e.g., corporate political activity or symbolic management) to cope with the influence of non-market actors (e.g., activists or governments). He is fascinated by the intersection of business and economics as well as the resulting implications for government policy.
His work has been presented at the Strategic Management Society and Academy of Management international conferences. His work has also been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, such as Journal of Small Business Management and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and has also been featured in major press outlets, such as USA Today and The Conversation. Prior to joining academia, he worked in the public sector in a variety of roles.
When Rich is not reading or writing, he enjoys traveling, being on the water, playing guitar, and spending time with his dogs.