Donald "Don" Bergh, PhD
Daniels 486
Professor; Louis D. Beaumont Chair of Business Administration
Department of Management, Endowed Chair
Donald Bergh

Biography at a Glance

Donald 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. Previous to joining Daniels, Dr. Bergh served on the faculties of Penn State, Cornell and Purdue, and was a visiting and chaired professor at University College Dublin.

Dr. Bergh’s research examines the role of large owners’ impact on strategic decisions, incomplete information in strategic decision making, governance and leadership of divested firms, and ethics in research practices. He has published more than 25 articles in the Financial Times’ Top 50 business journals, including nine articles in the top-rated Strategic Management Journal (placing his record in the upper 1% of strategy scholars that have published in this premier journal) and his 10 articles in the Journal of Management places him the 2nd most prolific author in the journal since its inception 40 years ago (this journal was recently ranked third worldwide in terms of impact among business school journals). Currently, Dr. Bergh has been appointed as 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 received several honors including delivering the Erasmus Distinguished Management Lecture, “Value Creation in Restructuring: A Strategic Perspective”, at Erasmus Research Institute of Europe, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, June 2015. He received the Scholarship of Discipline Award, 2013, Daniels College of Business, and was the Keynote Speaker, Provost Spring Luncheon, University of Denver, “Understanding Mergers and Acquisitions” Spring, 2012.


  • 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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