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Donald "Don" Bergh, PhD
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Professor; Louis D. Beaumont Chair of Business Administration
Department of Management, Endowed Chair, Executive PhD
Donald Bergh

Biography at a Glance

Donald D. Bergh (PhD, University of Colorado Boulder) is the Louis D. Beaumont Chair of Business Administration and Professor of management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He is also a visiting lecturer at University College Dublin. Don previously served on the faculties of Penn State, Cornell, and Purdue.

His research interests lie primarily in corporate strategy and research methodology, where his work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ)Organization Science (OS)Journal of Management (JM)Journal of Management Studies (JMS)Organizational Research Methods (ORM), the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE), and Strategic Organization (SO).

He has published more than 25 articles in the Financial Times’ Top 50 Business School Journals. His number of publications in the SMJ place him among the top 1% of authors that have published in this premier journal, among the top 100 (of 6,326 authors, 1.6%) cited authors in strategic management textbooks, and his count of articles in JM during its first 40 years ranks him 2nd of 2,270 authors (on an authorship-weighted basis).

He has served his field in several ways, including as an associate editor (AMJ, 2002-2004; ORM, 2008-2010, and JMS, 2011-2014); guest co-editor of special issues in ORM; current member of the editorial review boards of AMJ, SMJ, Academy of Management Review, ORM, JMS, and SO; and along with David Ketchen, Jr., co-founder and co-editer of the Emerald series, Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, volumes 1 through 10. He also served the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society, the latter most recently as the founding chair of the Corporate Strategy Interest Group, co-founding chair of the Research Methods Community, and co-chair of the 35th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Don is the inaugural chair of the Scientific Integrity and Rigor Task Force of JM, the first of its kind in the management field, and is co-founder and co-chair of the Research Methods Paper Prize at the Annual International Conference of the SMS.

He has received teaching awards, first as a doctoral student (University Excellence Award), and since as a professor at Penn State and Purdue. At the University of Denver, Don has received multiple research awards and served as the keynote speaker for the Provost Spring Luncheon. Internationally, he was honored to present the Erasmus Distinguished Management Lecture, Erasmus Research Institute of Europe, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.


  • PhD, Business Administration, University of Colorado
  • MBA, Business Administration, Utah State University
  • BS, Business Administration, Utah State University


Recent Publications

Bergh, D.D., Peruffo, E., Chiu, W-T., Connelly. B, & Hitt, M.A. 2020. Market responses to divestiture announcement: A screening theory perspective. Strategic Organization, 18: 547-572.

Bergh, D.D. & Oswald, F. 2020. Fostering robust, reliable, and replicable research at the Journal of Management. Journal of Management, 46: 1302-1306.

Bergh, D.D. 2020. It’s all about contribution: Using the discussion to define and develop your paper’s contributions.  How to get published in the best management journals. In Clark, T., Wright, M., & Ketchen, D. (editors), 2nd edition, Edward Elgar (in press).

Ketchen, D.J., Jr., Bergh, D.D., & Boyd, B.K. 2019. The research design canvas: A tool for creating better studies. In Boyd, B., Crook, T.R., Le, J.K., & Smith, A.D. (editors), Research Methodology in Strategy and Management: Standing on the shoulders of giants: Traditions and innovations in research methodology. 11th volume, pages 63-76.

Ming, L., Sharp, B., Bergh, D.D., & Vandenberg, R. 2019. Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends in strategic management research: The case of moderation analysis. European Management Review, 16: 209-220.

Bergh, D.D., Ketchen, D.J. Jr., Orlandi, I., Heugens, P., & Boyd, B. 2019. Information asymmetry in management research: Past accomplishments and future opportunities. Journal of Management, 45: 122-158.

Bergh, D.D., Sharp, B., Aguinis, H., & Li, M. 2017. Is there a credibility crisis in strategic management research? Evidence on the reproducibility of study findings. Strategic Organization, 15: 423-436.

Bergh, D.D., Sharp, B. & Li, M. 2017. Tests for identifying “red flags” in empirical findings: demonstration and recommendations for authors, reviewers and editors. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 16: 110-124.

Ming, L., Sharp, B., & Bergh, D.D. 2017. Assessing statistical results in MOR articles: An essay on verifiability and ways to enhance it. Management & Organization Review, 13: 431-441.

Molina-Azorin, J.F., Bergh, D.D., Corley, K., & Ketchen. 2017. Mixed methods in the organizational sciences: Taking stock and moving forward. Organizational Research Methods, 20: 179-192.

Bergh, D.D. 2017. Restructuring and divestment. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management, R. Aldag (editor). Oxford University Press, New York, NY. Online publication date, March 2017. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190224851.013.17

Bergh, D.D., Aguinis, H. Heavey, C., Ketchen, D.J., Jr., Boyd, B.K., Peiran, S., Lau, C. & Joo, H. 2016. Using meta-analytic structural equations modeling to advance strategic management research: Guidelines and an empirical illustration via the strategic leadership-performance relationship. Strategic Management Journal, 37: 477-497.

Bergh, D.D. 2016. Divestiture strategy. Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition, Volume 12. Online ISBN: 9781118785317; DOI: 10.1002/9781118785317

Bergh, D.D. 2016. Suggestions for strengthening the discussion section and increasing your odds of publication success. How to get published in the best management journals. In Clark, T., Wright, M., & Ketchen, D. (editors). Edward Elgar: 116-120.

Bergh, D.D, & Sharp, B. 2015. How far do owners reach into the divestiture process? Blockholders and the choice between spin-off and sell-off. Journal of Management, 41: 1155-1183.

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