Vincent Barker

Vincent Barker
  • Edmund P. Learned Professor
  • Management and Entrepreneurship academic area

Contact Info

Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3104


Vincent Barker's current research focuses on how top managers influence strategy, especially as shaped by their personalities, motivations, backgrounds and understandings of their competitive situations. He is especially interested in extreme cases such as declining organizations where understandings are influenced by pressure and resource constraints. In addition to his own research, Barker currently serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Business Research.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.B.A., University of Michigan


Teaching interests:

  • Strategic Management
  • General Management
  • Leadership
  • Implementing strategy

Selected Publications

Barker, V. (2018). Winning isn't everything: An empirical examination of performance, power, and expectations in NBA coach dismissals. Sport Management Review - Volume 21.
Barker, V. (2002). CEO Characteristics and Firm R&D Spending. Management Science - Volume 48.
Barker, V. (1998). Organizational Decline and Innovation: A Contingency Framework. Academy of Management Review - Volume 23.
Barker, V. (1997). Strategic Change in the Turnaround Process: Theory and Empirical Evidence. Strategic Management Journal - Volume 18.
Barker, V. (1994). Retrenchment: Cause of Turnaround or Consequence of Decline?. Strategic Management Journal - Volume 15.