Lori Ellison

Department: Management

Assistant Professor of Management

  • Education
  • PHD, University of Maryland
  • MACCT, Indiana University Bloomington
  • BA, Indiana University Bloomington
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I hold a Ph.D. in management from the University of Maryland College Park. My research interests include best practices and university/community partnerships for social entrepreneurship. My teaching experience includes strategy, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and society, business ethics and sustainability, and management and leadership courses. I am a recipient of the Towson University Office of Academic Innovation's 2017 Innovation in Teaching Award and bring extensive experience supporting entrepreneurs at university-based centers for entrepreneurship.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., 2009
University of Maryland - College Park
R.H. Smith School of Business Department of Management and Organization
Major: Strategic Management
Minor: Management Research

MPA, 2004
Indiana University at Indianapolis
Kelley School of Business, Master of Professional Accountancy Program

B.A., 2000
Indiana University - Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Double Major: Economics and International Affairs
Minors: Russian, Spanish, and Russian & East European Studies with
Language Certification
Individualized Major Program Departmental Honors

EXPERIENCE

Beginning Fall 2018
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management, Sigmund Weis School of Business,
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

2017 - 2018
Lecturer, Department of Management

2016 - 2018
Faculty Coordinator of the Towson University Live Strategy Competition 
Recipient of the Towson University 2017 OAI Innovation in Teaching Award

2009 - 2017
Assistant Professor of Corporate Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management, College of Business and Economics,
Towson University, Towson, Maryland.

At Towson University, taught strategy, entrepreneurship, business ethics and sustainability, and management courses. Led the Bi-Annual Live Strategy Case Competition. Served on the Advisory Board of the TU Incubator, as Representative to Cook Library, and as ‘First Year Experience Advisor' and continuing Advisor.

As coordinator of the Towson University Live Strategy Competition, led faculty and executive partners to create a semester-long, online and face-to-face experiential learning experience that engaged more than 700 capstone students across 20-22 course sections annually.

  • Collaborated with faculty and industry to develop a new case challenge each semester that emanated from the partner company.
  • Administered the competition through a ‘Live Strategy' course site that included student, faculty, and community and business partner users.
  • In partnership with Cook Library, taught the fundamentals of case research and supported students' research.
  • Organized college-wide information sessions and bi-annual live competition events with a panel of corporate judges and a recognition ceremony.
  • Strengthened inter-campus networks and connections to business partners. Ensured that business partners received quality input and benefited in tangible ways from collaborating with students and community members.

2010 -2017

Member, Towson University Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, TU Incubator,* Towson University, Towson, Maryland.

*Formerly TowsonGlobal Business Incubator

Advised member and prospective companies, contributed to the development of evaluative criteria and reporting mechanisms for member companies, facilitated relationships between students and member companies regarding jobs and internships.

  • Judge, Round One of the 2013-2016 TU Incubator Business Plan Competitions, Towson University, 2013-2016
  • Judge, Round One of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 TowsonGlobal Business Plan Competitions, Towson University, 2010-2012.
  • Member, Towson Global Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-2011

2011 - 2012
Member, Advisory Board of Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC), Civic Works, Baltimore, Maryland.

Supported development of job training programs for the green economy and facilitated collaborations and internships between BCGC and members of the Towson University
community.

2011

Survey and Strategic Specialist, Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute, Division of Economic & Community Outreach, Towson, Maryland.

Provided expert review and developed a specialized survey instrument for the Baltimore Center for Green Careers regarding household attitudes about energy conservation.

2011

Visiting Professor, Management Center, Polish-American University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland.

Taught summer MBA course on Business Strategy & Policy. Invited back as visiting faculty following summer teaching in partnership through the joint University of Baltimore/Towson University MBA Program.

2007 - 2009

Research Assistant to J. Robert Baum, Director of Research at The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Conducted interviews of successful Dingman Center entrepreneurs and evaluated the impact of the Center's programming.

Collaborated with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Department of Management and Organization to organize and promote:

  • November 30, 2007 Smith Entrepreneurship Research Luncheon
  • April 30, 2008 Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Research Awards Competition and Awards Luncheon
  • October 7, 2008 Smith Entrepreneurship Research Luncheon
  • December 17, 2008 Smith Entrepreneurship Research Luncheon
  • February 11, 2009 Smith Entrepreneurship Research Luncheon
  • April 22, 2009 Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Research Awards Competition and Awards Luncheon

2004 - 2008

Research Assistant to Rhonda Reger, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Content analyzed organizational websites and co-authored research on corporations and business schools' attention to social issues.

2005 - 2006

Research Assistant to Christopher Bingham, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Prepared summaries of previous research on cross-cultural learning in the field of psychology and supported the MBA Strategic Management course.

2004 - 2005

Research Assistant to Violina Rindova, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Conducted web-based searching for news articles and prepared article excerpts for content analysis.

2002

Site Coordinator for Thea Bowman House (Volunteer Position), The Reading Connection, Arlington, Virginia.

Organized weekly volunteer reading sessions and book distributions for at-risk children.

2000 - 2002

International Trade Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, Import Administration, Washington, D.C.

Secret Level Security Clearance
Recipient of 6 Special Act Awards

  • Case analyst on trade agreements/antidumping investigations regarding steel and uranium from Russia.
  • Participated in trade negotiations with the Government of Kazakhstan regarding importations of steel.
  • Conducted on-site verifications of Ukrainian and Italian steel producers' production and sales records.

1998-1999

Program Assistant, Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana.

Recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Student Employee Award

  • Supported programming and events, including The Alliance, The Indiana Family Business Forum, and Growth 100.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship Pedagogy and Best Practices for Impact, and
  • University/Community/Business Partnerships

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

Lebron, M., Brannon, D., Ellison, L., Ross, D., Sanford, D. Empowering Students and Faculty in Applying Theory-to- Practice: Experiences Implementing Live Case Competitions for a Strategic Management Course.

We implemented a large change in the way we teach our capstone strategic management course by including a live case competition. We went from faculty-led largely autonomous sections to a college-wide coordinated case competition that required faculty to work with each other, administration, local executives, and other administrative units. Students, rather than working to meet grading criteria, competed for rewards. In this article, we describe what we did, the logic behind our efforts, the major actors driving the change, the change process, the challenges we faced, and our approach to addressing challenges. We understand that what works in our institution may not work elsewhere, but we hope that others wishing to implement a similar change can learn from our experience and have a smoother learning process.

Key Words: strategic management, live case competition, evidence-based management approach, experiential learning, competitive case analysis, AACSB, grounded learning

Ellison, L., & Baum, J.R. Employee Health as a Firm Resource

We examine the organizational performance implications of employee health. First, we explain health as a multifaceted, organizational level concept. Second, we draw upon the resourcebased view and the health promotion literature to develop a model that explains the process by which health components (health motivation, health risk, and healthy behaviors) impact organizational outcomes. We employ structural equation modeling to test this model on a dataset regarding 152 organizational level medical cost and productivity outcomes. Findings indicate that health motivation, low health risk, and healthy behaviors are strategically important, interdependent organizational resources. Implications and areas for future research are discussed.

Key Words: employee health, resource-based view, social impact, corporate social performance

Ellison, L., & Gasiorowski, L. The Emerging Institutional Purpose of Benefit Corporations.

This research explores the emerging institutional purpose of Benefit Corporations (B Corps). Drawing on institutional and stakeholder theories and an attention-based view of the firm, we introduce a model of the likely characteristics and nature of B Corps' mission statements. We test this model via a content analysis of the mission statements of 178 small to mid-sized, for-profit, incorporated organizations. We find that B Corps present a more holistic interpretation of the scope of the golden rule while displaying greater conviction in organizational purpose, greater attention to multiple stakeholder groups, and less disparate attention between buyers and other stakeholders. Interestingly, B Corps display primary direct attention to environmental concerns and secondary direct attention to buyers' concerns. Implications and areas for future research are discussed.

Key Words: stakeholder theory, institutional theory, organizational mission, benefit corporations, social impact, corporate social performance

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS*

*Last name was Kiyatkin from 2003 - 2017.

Ellison, L., 2018. Strategic Leadership, Invited Presenter at the Towson University President's Inclusive Leadership Institute in Towson, Maryland, January.

Ellison, L., Sanford, D., Basuray, T., Brannon, D., Gass, S., Kaynama, S., Kopka, D., Lebron, M., Lien, J., Paul, W., Ross, D., Thavikulwat, P. (in press). STRATEGY SPOTLIGHT 13.5: CASE COMPETITION ASSIGNMENT, Strategic Management, Creating Competitive Advantage, 9th edition. New York, New York: McGraw Hill.

Lebron, M., Brannon, D., Kiyatkin, L., Ross, D., Sanford, D. 2017. Applying Strategic Management Theory to Practice: Designing a "Live" Case Competition for a Capstone Course, Presented at the Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, May.

Kiyatkin, L. & Baum, J.R. 2012. Linking Human Capital and Organizational Performance: The Impact of Employee Health Behaviors. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, August.

Kiyatkin, L., Reger, R., & Baum, J.R. 2011. Thought Leadership on Business and Social Issues: Why U.S. Business Schools Lag Corporations and How They Could Improve. Spring, Issue 41, Journal of Corporate Citizenship.

Irani, D, Ebersole, R., & Kiyatkin, L. 2011. Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Market Study and Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis Final Report, June 30, 2011, Contracted Research Prepared for Baltimore Center for Green Careers.

Kiyatkin, L., Wolfson, J., Keeney, S., Matthias, J., & Mello, J. 2011. Retrofitting Baltimore: A Business & Environmental Assessment. Presented at the Towson University Environmental Conference, Towson, Maryland, April.

Sanford, D., Thavikulwat, P., Michel, J., & Kiyatkin, L. 2010. Social Loafing in Group Projects: A Technology-Mediated Approach. Presented at the Faculty Development Conference for Colleges and Universities in Central Maryland, Owings Mills, Maryland, October.

Kiyatkin, L., 2009. Using Content Analysis to Study Emerging Constructs in Social Issues in Management, Presented at Content Analysis in Organizational Research: Techniques and Applications, Professional Development Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Chicago, Illinois, August.

Kiyatkin, L., Reger, R., & Baum, J.R. 2009. The Purpose of Business: Corporations are more progressive than U.S. business schools? Presented at the Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum in Cleveland, Ohio, June.

Kiyatkin, L. 2009. Employee Health: A Source of Social and Financial Firm Performance. Presented at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship 2009 Research Dinner and Awards Ceremony in College Park, Maryland.

Kiyatkin, L. & Baum, J.R. 2009. Employee Health: A Value Creating Organizational Resource. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, August.

Kiyatkin, L., Reger, R., & Baum, J.R. 2008. The Social Responsibilities of Business: Why Major Corporations are More Progressive than U.S. Business Schools, Presented at the Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting in Cologne, Germany, October.

Kiyatkin, L., Reger, R., & Baum, J.R. 2008. Understanding Divergence in Corporations' and Business Schools' Expressions about Social Issues. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, August.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS*

*Last name was Kiyatkin from 2003 - 2017.

Meyskens, M., Kiyatkin, L., & Pfarrer, M.D., 2012. Content Analysis in Organizational Research: Techniques and Applications, Professional Development Workshop, Accepted for inclusion in the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston, Massachusetts, August.

Pfarrer, M.D., Meyskens, M., & Kiyatkin, L., 2011. Content Analysis in Organizational Research: Techniques and Applications, Professional Development Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in San Antonio, Texas, August.

Kiyatkin, L., Pfarrer, M.D., & Meyskens, M., 2010. Content Analysis in Organizational Research: Techniques and Applications, Professional Development Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Montreal, Canada, August.

Meyskens, M., Kiyatkin, L., & Pfarrer, M.D., 2009. Content Analysis in Organizational Research: Techniques and Applications, Professional Development Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Chicago, Illinois, August.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017
OAI Innovation in Teaching Award Office of Academic Innovation
Towson University

2010
$1000 Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program Stipend
Department of Civic Engagement, Towson University

2008
$2,500 award to attend 2008 Strategic Management Society Conference in Cologne, Germany
Department of Management, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

2004 - 2008

Robert H. Smith Dean Research Fellowship
Robert H. Smith Schools of Business, University of Maryland

2000 - 2002

Recipient of 6 Special Act Awards
U.S. Department of Commerce

TEACHING GRANTS

2010

Spring Civic Engagement Service-Learning Faculty Grant
Department of Civic Engagement, Towson University

2010

Fall Civic Engagement Service-Learning Faculty Grant
Department of Civic Engagement, Towson University

SERVICE

Profession

  • Reviewer, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008 - 2011.
  • Session Chair, Contemporary Concerns Paper Session at the 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, August 6, 2012.

University

  • Member, Towson University College Dean's Evaluation Committee, 2016.

College

  • Transfer Student Orientation Advisor, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2016 - 2018.
  • Faculty Advisor the Towson University ENACTUS Student Team at the 2017 Mount St. Mary's University Business Ethics Case Competition, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, April 2017 (2017 2nd Place Winning Team).
  • Member, College of Business and Economics Sustainability Task Force, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2011 - 2013.
  • Member, College of Business and Economics Council, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2010 - 2013.

Department

  • First Year Experience Advisor, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2017 - 2018.
  • Student Advisor, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2009 - 2018.
  • Member, Strategy Course Task Force, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2009 - 2018.
  • Member, Management Department Curriculum Committee, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2009 - 2016.
  • Course Coordinator, Strategy Course, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2009 - 2013.
  • Member, Entrepreneurship Track Task Force, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2010 - 2013.
  • Member, Business Ethics and Sustainability Course Task Force, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2009 - 2013.
  • Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Strategy, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, 2010.
  • Student Organizer, 2007 Management & Organization Maryland Shore Research Conference, Department of Management, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007.
  • Ph.D. Student Mentor, Department of Management, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006 - 2009.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Academy of Management, 2005 - 2012.
  • International Association for Business and Society, 2004 - 2009.
  • Strategic Management Society, 2008 - 2009.

TEACHING

Interests include: entrepreneurship, strategic management, leadership, ethics/social performance
Experienced at the undergraduate and MBA levels, in online and international contexts, and with service and experiential learning methods.

Spring 2018
Instructor—Towson University

Leadership & Management
Undergraduate (1 section)

Strategic Management*
Undergraduate (2 sections)

*Coordinator, Spring 2018 Towson University College of Business and Economics Live Strategy Competition (SECU)

Fall 2017
Instructor—Towson University

Entrepreneurship Foundations 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Business Ethics & Sustainability 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Strategic Management*
Undergraduate (2 sections)

*Coordinator, Fall 2017 Towson University College of Business and Economics Live Strategy Competition (SECU)

Spring 2017
Instructor—Towson University

Entrepreneurship & Society 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Strategic Management*
Undergraduate (2 sections)

*Coordinator, Spring 2017 Towson University College of Business and Economics Live Strategy Competition (Cintas Corporation)

Fall 2016
Instructor—Towson University

Leadership & Management 
Undergraduate (2 sections)

Strategic Management*
Undergraduate (2 sections)

*Coordinator, Fall 2016 Towson University College of Business and Economics Live Strategy Competition (Cintas Corporation)

Spring 2016
Instructor—Towson University

Entrepreneurship Foundations 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Strategic Management*
Undergraduate (3 sections)

*Coordinator, Spring 2016 Towson University College of Business and Economics Live Strategy Competition (1st Mariner Bank)

Fall 2015
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Principles of Management
Undergraduate (2 sections)

Spring 2015
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (3 sections)

Multinational Management & Culture Towson University
Undergraduate (1 section)

Fall 2014
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Principles of Management
Undergraduate (2 sections)

Spring 2013
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Principles of Management
Undergraduate (1 section)

Fall 2012
Instructor—UB/Towson MBA Program

Strategic Management 
MBA (1 section) 

Business Strategy & Policy Towson University
Undergraduate (2 sections)

Spring 2012
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (4 sections)

Fall 2011
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (2 sections)

Summer 2011
Instructor—Towson University at Quality Leadership University, Panama City, Panama

Entrepreneurship & Small Business 
Undergraduate (1 section) 

Summer 2011
Visiting Professor—Polish-American Management Center, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland

Business Strategy & Policy 
MBA (1 section) 

Spring 2011
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (3 sections)

Fall 2010
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (3 sections)

Summer 2010
Instructor—Polish-American Management Center, University of Łódź/University of Baltimore/Towson University, Łódź, Poland

Business Strategy & Policy Executive 
MBA (1 section) 

Spring 2010
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (3 sections)

Fall 2009
Instructor—Towson University

Business Strategy & Policy 
Undergraduate (3 sections)

Spring 2009
TA—University of Maryland

Culture, Ethics, & Communication
(Managers in Society)
MBA, Shreevardhan Lele

Spring 2008
Instructor—University of Maryland

Business Policies/Strategy 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Summer 2007
Instructor—University of Maryland

Management & Organization Theory 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Spring 2007
Instructor—University of Maryland

Business Policies/Strategy 
Undergraduate (2 sections)

Spring 2006
TA—University of Maryland

Strategic Management 
MBA, Christopher Bingham

Summer 2005
Instructor—University of Maryland

Management & Organization Theory 
Undergraduate (1 section)

Courses taught:

  • MGMT-240 Principles of Management
  • MGMT-434 Entrepreneurial Experience
  • MGMT-437 Sustainable Entrepreneurship