Vincent Barker

Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3182
University of Kansas

Academic Areas

Strategic Management


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

Joined the University of Kansas in 2002


Teaching Interests:

  • Business Strategy
  • General Management
  • Organizational Change

Research Interests:

  • Corporate decline and turnaround
  • Managerial cognition and strategy
  • Strategic change and innovation

Current Activities

My current research focuses on how top managers influence strategy, especially as shaped by their personalities, motivations, backgrounds and understandings of their competitive situations. I am especially interested in extreme cases such as declining organizations where understandings are influenced by pressure and resource constraints. In addition to my own research, I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Business Research.

Selected Publications

Oh, W.Y., & Barker, V.L. III. Not all ties are equal: CEO outside directorships and strategic imitation in R&D investment. Journal of Management. forthcoming.

Wangrow, D.B., Schepker, D.J. & Barker, V.L. III. 2015. Managerial discretion: An empirical review and focus on future research directions. Journal of Management, 41: 99-135.

Ndofor, H., Vanevenhoven, J. & Barker, V.L. III. 2013. Software firm turnarounds in the 1990s: An analysis of reversing decline in a growing, dynamic industry. Strategic Management Journal, 34: 1123-1133.

McClelland, P.L., Barker, V.L. III & Oh, W.Y. 2012. CEO career horizon and tenure: Future performance implications under different contingencies. Journal of Business Research, 65: 1387-1393.

Musteen, M. Liang, X. & Barker V.L. III. 2011. Personality, perceptions and retrenchment decisions of managers in response to decline: Evidence from a decision-making study. The Leadership Quarterly, 22: 926-941.

McClelland, P., Liang, X. & Barker, V.L. III. 2010. CEO commitment to the status quo: Replication and extension using content analysis. Journal of Management, 36: 1251-1277.

Barker, V.L. III, & Mueller, G.C. 2002. CEO characteristics and firm R&D spending. Management Science. 48: 782-801.

Mone, M.A., McKinley, W.A., & Barker, V.L. III. 1998. Organizational decline and innovation: A contingency framework. Academy of Management Review, 23:115-132.

Barker, V.L. III, & Duhaime, I.M. 1997. Strategic change in the turnaround process: Theory and empirical evidence. Strategic Management Journal, 18: 13-38.

Barker, V.L. III, & Mone, M.A. 1994. Retrenchment: Cause of turnaround or consequence of decline? Strategic Management Journal, 15: 395-405.


  • Business Strategy
  • General Management
  • Organizational Change

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • General Management
  • Leadership
  • Implementing strategy

Research Interests

  • Corporate Turnarounds
  • Organizational Decline
  • Top Managers
  • Chief Executives
  • Strategic Change
  • Managerial Cognition

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