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

Biography at a Glance

Donald D. Bergh (PhD Colorado-Boulder) is the Louis D. Beaumont Chair of Business Administration and Professor of Management at the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver. He joined us after having served on the faculties of Purdue, Cornell and Penn State.

His research interests lie primarily in corporate strategy (mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, diversification) and research methodology (design, analysis) and his work has appeared in the field’s highest ranked academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal , the Strategic Management Journal , Organization Science , Journal of Management , Organizational Research Methods , the Journal of Management Studies (JMS) and the Academy of Management Learning and Education.

He has authored more than 25 articles in the Financial Times Top 50 journals. Recently, the Southern Management Association reported that he was the 2ndmost prolific author (on an authorship-weighted basis) in the Journal of Management during its first 40 years. Currently, Professor Bergh is the inaugural Chair of the Scientific Integrity and Rigor Task Force of the Journal of Management, the first of its kind in the management field.

He has served his field as an Associate Editor (AMJ, 2002-2004; ORM, 2008-2010, and JMS, 2011-2014) and as a member of the editorial review boards of AMJ, SMJ, AMR, ORM and JMS. Along with David Ketchen, Jr., he co-edited the Emerald series, Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, volumes 1 through 10.) He has also served the Academy of Management as a member of its inaugural Ethics Education Committee, the AoM Newman Award Committee (Best Dissertation Competition), and the Business Policy and Strategy Division’s Awards Committee. Further, he has served the Strategic Management Society as the inaugural Program Chair of the Corporate Strategy Interest Group, inaugural Chair of the Research Methods Community, and as Co-Chair of the 35th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society.


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

Recent Publications

  • Ming, L., Sharp, B., & Bergh, D.D. In press. Assessing statistical results in MOR articles: An essay on verifiability and ways to enhance it. Management & Organization Review.
  • 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. DOI:
  • 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.
  • 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. 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., 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, & 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.
  • Bergh, D.D., Connelly, B.L., Ketchen, D.J., Jr. & Shannon, L.M. 2014. Signaling theory and equilibrium in strategic management research: An assessment and research agenda. Journal of Management Studies, 51: 1334-1360.
  • Boyd, B.K., Bergh, D.D., R.D. Ireland, & Ketchen, D.J., jr. 2013. Constructs in strategic management. Organizational Research Methods, 16: 3-14.
  • Sharp, B., Bergh, D.D., & Ming, L. 2013. Measuring and testing industry effects in strategic management research: An update, assessment and demonstration. Organizational Research Methods, 16: 43-66.
  • Boyd, B.K., Haynes, K.T., Hitt, M.A., Bergh, D.D., & Ketchen, D.J. 2012. Contingency hypotheses in strategic management research. Use, disuse or misuse? Journal of Management, 38: 278-313.
  • Bergh, D.D. & Gibbons, P. 2011. Stockholder reaction to the hiring of management consultants: A signaling theory approach. Journal of Management Studies, 48: 544-567.
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  • Bergh, D.D., Ketchen, D.J., Jr., Boyd, B.K., & Bergh, J. 2010.  New theoretical frontiers of the reputation-performance relationship: A multiple theoretical perspective. Journal of Management. 36: 620-632.
  • Boyd, B.K., Bergh, D.D., Ketchen, D.J. Jr., 2010.  Reconsidering the reputation-performance relationship: A resource-based view. Journal of Management, 36: 588-609.
  • Bergh, D.D., & Lim, E. 2008.Learning how to restructure: Absorptive capacity and improvisational views of restructuring actions and performance. Strategic Management Journal. 29: 593-616.
  • Bergh, D.D., Johnson, R.A., & DeWitt, R.L. 2008. Restructuring through spin-offs or sell-offs: Transforming information asymmetries into financial gain. Strategic Management Journal, 29: 133-148.
  • Boyd, B.K., Ketchen, D.J. Jr., & Bergh, D.D. 2008. Research methodology in strategic management. Past accomplishments and future challenges. Organizational Research Methods, 11: 643-658.
  • Mathieu, J.E., DeShon, R.P., & Bergh, D.D. 2008. Mediational inferences in organizational research; Then, now, and beyond. Organizational Research Methods, 11: 203-223.

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