Timothy Grant Pollock

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Professor of Management and Organization, Michael J. Farrell Chair in Entrepreneurship, Program Coordinator of Management and Organization

Office Address 417 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-0740
Email Address txp14@psu.edu

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Dr. Pollock the Farrell Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University.His research explores the role social resources such as reputation,celebrity, social capital, legitimacy and power play in shaping corporate governance activities, strategic choice, and the IPO market.Dr. Pollock has won the 1997 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition and the 2000 Lou Pondy Award from the Organizationa nd Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management for the best paper based on dissertation research. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Administrative Science Quarterly,Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, Human Communication Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and other journals. Dr. Pollock has served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal and has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization, and has previously served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. He received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from AMJ for his reviewing efforts in 2003-2004. He has also served as a representative-at-large for the OMT Division of the Academy of Management and as a member of the Executive Committee for the College of Organization Science of INFORMS.Priort o joining Smeal Dr. Pollock was an Assistant Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland from2002-2004, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business from 1998-2002. Dr. Pollock was the 2002 recipient of the Mabel C. Chipman Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Wisconsin School of Business, and was named one of the Top Five MBA professors in 2000 by the Graduate Student Association.

Expertise

Dr. Pollock's current research focuses on the social construction of entrepreneurial market environments, particularly the initial public offerings (IPO) market. He considers how social and political factors suchas reputation, celebrity, social networks, impression management activities, media accounts, and the power of different actors influence IPO firm performance, survival, alliance formations, and executive recruitment and compensation. He is also interested in sensemaking by entrepreneurs, and how entrepreneurs' experience and organizational resource endowments affect their strategic decision making.

Education

Ph D, Organizational Behavior, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998

MBA, Management, University of Texas at Austin, 1990

BS, Finance, Northern Illinois University, 1988

Courses Taught

B A 571 – Strategic Management (2)
Analysis and application of concepts and techniques aimed at successfully developing and implementing competitive strategy in a complex business environment.

MGMT 427 – Managing an Entrepreneurial Start-Up Company (3)
Exploration of the tensions and experiences of starting and growing a new company.

MGMT 497F – Managing an Entrepreneurial Start-Up Company (3)
Provide students with knowledge and experience to increase the likelihood of success whether as a principal in a small company or an investor representative. The course is constructed around the principles of Problem-Based Learning and centers on a real c

MGMT 538 – Seminar in Organization Theory (3)
Current theoretical and research issues applicable to the study of design and management of complex organizations.

MGMT 565 – Power and Influence (2)
Provides a pragmatic and ethical framework for analyzing the sources of power in organizations and its effective use.

MGMT 591 – Organizational Research Design (3)
Experience in designing research for organizational science, to maximize the validity of eventual conclusions; methodological choices, constraints, and compromises (tradoffs).

MGMT 596 – Individual Studies (1)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MGMT 597A – Performance Consulting (4)
This course covers selected topics in Management. Students will explore topics such as leadership, negotiation strategies, work-life balance, leading teams, power and influence, and managing a business network. The topics may change from year to year. The

MGMT 597I – Power & Influence (2)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MGMT 601 – PH.D. DISSERTATION FULL-TIME
NO DESCRIPTION.

Selected Publications

Pollock T. G., Mishina Y., Seo Y., "Falling stars: Celebrity, infamy, and the fall from (and return to) grace." 2016, pp. 235-269.
Hubbard T., Pollock T. G., Pfarrer M. D., Rindova V. P., "Pump up the volume: Status and Celebrity as interpretive frames and their effects on newly-public firms’ access to resources." 2016.
Pollock T. G., Lee P. M., Jin K., Lashley K., "(Un)Tangled: Exploring the asymmetric co-evolution of new VC firms’ reputation and status." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 3, 2015.
Pollock T. G., Lee P. M., Jin K., Lashley K., "Chicken or egg: Exploring the co-evolution of VC firm reputation and status." 2015.
Barnett M. L., Pollock T. G., "Corporate Reputation: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management." (Taylor and Francis), 2015.
Pollock T. G., Lee P. M., Jin K., Lashley K., "Chicken or egg: Exploring the co-evolution of VC firm reputation and status." 2014.
Acharya A., Pollock T. G., "Shoot for the Stars? Predicting the recruitment of prestigious directors by newly public firms." Academy of Management Journal, 2013.
Baker T., Pollock T. G., Sapienza H. J., "Winning an unfair game: How a resource-constrained player uses bricolage to maneuver in a highly institutionalized field." 2013.
Pollock T. G., Bono J. E., "From the Editors – Being Scheherazade: The importance of storytelling in academic writing." Academy of Management Journal, 2013, Invited.
Baker T., Pollock T. G., Sapienza H. J., "Winning an unfair game: How a resource-constrained player uses bricolage to maneuver in a highly institutionalized field." 2013.
Boivie S., Graffin S. D., Pollock T. G., "Time for me to fly: Predicting director exits from large firms." Academy of Management Journal, 2012.
Pollock T. G., Barnett M. L., "The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Reputation." The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Reputation, (Oxford University Press), 2012.
Mishina Y., Pollock T. G., Bragaw N. A., "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em? Differentiating between loss aversion and the house money effect in CEO reactions to firm performance." Strategic Management Journal, 2012.
Grant A. M., Pollock T. G., "From the Editors - Publishing in AMJ - Part 3: Setting the hook." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 54, no. 5, 2011, pp. 873-879.
Lee P. M., Pollock T. G., Jin K., "The contingent value of venture capitalist reputation for entrepreneurial firms." Strategic Organization, vol. 9, no. 1, 2011, pp. 33-69.
Pfarrer M. D., Pollock T. G., Rindova V. P., "A tale of two assets: The effects of firm reputation and celebrity on earnings surprises and investors' reactions." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 53, no. 5, 2010, pp. 1131-1152.
Mishina Y., Dykes B. J., Block E. S., Pollock T. G., "Why good firms do bad things: The effects of high aspirations, high performance and prominence on the incidence of corporate illegality." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 53, no. 4, 2010, pp. 701-722.
Pollock T. G., Chen G., Jackson E. M., Hambrick D. C., "How Much Prestige Is Enough? Assessing the Value of Multiple Types of High-Status Affiliates for Young Firms." Journal of Business Venturing, vol. 25, no. 1, 2010, pp. 6-23.
Pollock T. G., Fund B. R., Baker T., "Dance with the one that brought you? Venture capital firms and the retention of founder-CEO's." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, vol. 3, 2009, pp. 199-217.
Wade J., Porac J., Pollock T. G., Gaffin S. D., "Star CEOs: Benefit or burden?." Organizational Dynamics, vol. 32, no. 2, 2008, pp. 203-210.
Detert J. R., Pollock T. G., "Values, interests and the capacity to act: Understanding professionals' responses to market-based improvement initiatives in highly institutionalized organizations." Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 44, no. 2, 2008, pp. 186-214.
Fund B., Pollock T. G., Baker T., Wowak A., "Who's the new kid? The process of becoming central in venture capitalist deal networks." Advances in Strategic Management, (Emerald Publishing), vol. 25, 2008, pp. 565-596.
Pollock T. G., Rindova V. P., Maggitti P. G., "Market watch: Information and availability cascades among the media and investors in the U.S. IPO market." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 51, no. 2, 2008, pp. 335-358.
Chen G., Hambrick D. C., Pollock T. G., "Puttin' on the Ritz: Pre-IPO Enlistment of Prestigious Affiliates as Deadline-Induced Remediation." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 51, no. 5, 2008, pp. 954-975.
Lee P. M., Pollock T. G., Jin K., "Substance, symbolism and the 'signal strength' of venture capitalist prestige." Best Papers Proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, BPS Division, 2007.
Baker T., Pollock T. G., "Making the marriage work: The benefits for strategic organization from strategy's takeover of entrepreneurship." Strategic Organization, vol. 5, no. 3, 2007, pp. 297-312.
Pollock T. G., Gulati R., "Standing out from the crowd: The visibility enhancing effects of IPO-related signals on alliance formations by entrepreneurial firms." Strategic Organization, vol. 5, no. 4, 2007, pp. 341-374.
Pollock T. G., Chatterjee A., "Master of puppets: How narcissistic CEOs construct their social worlds." Academy of Management Review.
Lovelace J., Bundy J., Hambrick D. C., Pollock T. G., "The shackles of CEO celebrity: Socio-cognitive and behavioral role constraints on ‘star’ leaders." Academy of Management Review
Under fourth review.
Pollock T. G., Lashley K., "Who needs a shrink when you have BusinessWeek? Using content analysis to get inside the heads of Entrepreneurs, VCs and other market participants."

Editorships

Academy of Management Journal, Associate Editor, January 2010 - January 2016
Journal of Business Venturing, Editorial Board, January 2009 - January 2010
Administrative Science Quarterly, Editorial Board, January 2006 - Present
Strategic Organization, Editorial Board, January 2006 - January 2010
Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board, January 2005 - January 2010
Organization Science, Editorial Board, January 2004 - January 2006
Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board, January 2003 - Present