Scott Kuban is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. There he currently teaches strategic management and does cutting-edge research in both business strategy and entrepreneurship. Scott has a Ph.D. from the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University where he was trained by some of the best management scholars in the world, including eight academic journal editors, two former Academy of Management Presidents, and the #1 most influential management scholar in the world: Dr. Michael A. Hitt (Aguinis, et al., 2012). He is a published author that has done research for both the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
All Things Great and Small: Organizational Size, Boundaries of the Firm, and a Changing Environment, The Academy of Management Annals (#1 impact factor management journal)
Completed two research projects funded by the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Standards and Technology on behalf of the Defense Production Act Committee’s Telecom Study Group, which is co-chaired by the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Scott’s research interests fall into two areas: entrepreneurial differences and top managers. Entrepreneurial differences include those between entrepreneurs and professional managers, as well as, those between smaller, new firms and larger, established firms. This latter interest led to his first publication ‘All Things Great and Small: Organizational Size, Boundaries of the Firm, and a Changing Environment’ in The Academy of Management Annals which includes how shifts in the macro environment are altering what we know about the liability of smallness. The former interest is currently in a working paper on strategic change. In investigating top managers, Scott has examined CEOs, executives, and the boards that oversee them in areas such as political activities and social capital. This second area of interest has resulted in multiple projects including one manuscript under review at Academy of Management Journal.
Scott’s teaching philosophy is that learning is a mutual process best served through an interactive classroom environment. This process requires three things: 1) clear and consistent presentation of the core concepts, 2) engagement and collaboration of students, and 3) ability to practice applying concepts to new contexts. He uses lecture as a tool to highlight the core principles out of the textbook. This provides clarity to new ideas and consistently presents strategy concepts. He conducts a competitive team business simulation to increase engagement and collaboration. This adds a dynamic component to students’ learning as they must both apply core concepts of strategy and react to their classmates’ competing firms. Scott also facilitates case discussions to encourage the application of the student’s new knowledge toward the new, open-ended context that business cases provide.
Selected Student Evaluations:
- “Kuban = great”
- “Best professor ever…”