Biography at a Glance
Paul Olk is a professor of management.
Paul’s teaching experience spans across most management topics and audiences, but mainly focuses on strategic management topics for graduate students. His research primarily examines the interaction of individual and organizational factors in the formation and management of strategic alliances.
Paul is currently engaged in a three-year National Science Foundation-funded research project that investigates open-source collaboration in the pharmaceutical industry. He is the author of two books and his research has appeared in numerous edited books and leading journals including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Paul currently is the Past-President of the Western Academy of Management (2017-2018) and has also served the profession as the Chair of the Academy of Management’s Technology and Innovation Management Division (2011-2012), as the co-founder and co-organizer of the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) conferences (2012-2015), and has held committee member positions for other professional associations. He has consulted to both large and small companies, as well as non-profit and government agencies.
Paul received his PhD and MA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with Honors from the University of Wisconsin. Previously he was on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine and has been a visiting professor at National University of Singapore, at IMD in Lausanne Switzerland, and a guest professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. Prior to joining academia, Paul worked in several small businesses and organizations.