Assistant Professor of Management
203 Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Wendy Smith earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Alfred Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware.
Wendy’s research focuses on strategic paradoxes – how leaders and senior teams effective respond to contradictory agendas. She has studied how organizations and their leaders simultaneously explore new possibilities while exploit existing competencies, and how social enterprises simultaneously attend to social missions and financial goals. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, Management Science and Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Wendy teaches leadership, organizational behavior and business ethics. She has taught MBAs and undergraduates at University of Delaware, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania - Wharton. She was nominated for the MBA Teacher Award at the Lerner Business School each year from 2007-2012 and nominated for the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
Wendy has also taught executive and senior leadership teams how to manage interpersonal dynamics, emotional intelligence, high performing teams, organizational change and innovation, managing in times of crisis, and managing strategic paradoxes. She facilitated senior leadership teams at the Harvard Business School Executive Education program. She has also worked with senior teams at organizations such as American Automobile Association (AAA), Wilmington Trust, DHL, and IBM.
Wendy lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
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- Ph.D. - Organizational Behavior, Harvard University/Harvard Business School, 2006
- M.A. - Psychology, Harvard University, 2004
- B.A. - Psychology & Political Science, Yale University, 1996
- Curriculum Vitae
Smith, W. K. (In Press). Dynamic Decision Making: A Model of Senior Leader Managing Strategic Paradoxes. Academy of Management Journal
Besharov, M. L., & Smith, W. K. (Forthcoming). Multiple institutional logics in organizations: Explaining their varied nature and implications. Academy of Management Review
Lewis, M., Andriopoulos, C., Smith, W.K., (Forthcoming). Paradoxical Leadership to Enable Strategic Agility. California Management Review.
Smith, W.K., Gonin, M. , Besharov, M. (2013). Managing Social-Business Tensions. A Review and Research Agenda for Social Enterprises. Business Ethics Quarterly, 23 (3): 407-442
Smith, W.K., Besharov, M, Wessels, A., and Chertok, M. (2012). A Paradoxical Leadership Model for Social Entrepreneurs: Challenges, Leadership Skills, and Pedagogical Tools for Managing Social and Commercial Demands. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11: 463-478.
Smith, W. K., and Lewis, M. W. (2012). Leadership Skills for Managing Paradox. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5(2): 232-235.
Smith, W.K. and Lewis, M. W. 2011. Toward a Theory of Paradox: A Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Organizing. Academy of Management Review, 36(2): 381-403.
Tushman, M., Smith, W.K., & Binns, A. (2011). The Ambidextrous CEO. Harvard Business Review, 89(6): 1700-1706.
Binns, A., & Smith, W. K. (2011). Managing Paradox: The Discipline of Strategic Execution. The European Business Review, November-December: 30-33.
Dobrow, S., Smith, W.K., & Posner, M. (2011). Managing the Grading Paradox: Leveraging the Power of Choice in the Classroom. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10(2): 261-276.
Smith, W. K., Lewis, M. W., & Tushman, M. (2011). Organizational sustainability: Organization Design and Senior Leadership to Enable Strategic Paradox. In K. Cameron, & G. Spreitzer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship (pp. 798-810). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Tushman, M., Smith, W. K., Wood, R., Westerman, G., & O'Reilly, C. (2010). Organizational Design and Innovation Streams. Industrial and Corporate Change,19(5), 1331-1366.
Smith, W. K., Binns, A., & Tushman, M. (2010). Complex Business Models: Managing Strategic Paradox Simultaneously. Long Range Planning, 43, 448-461.
Smith, W. K. (2009). A Dynamic Approach to Managing Contradictions. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2, 338-343.
Smith, W. K., and Tushman, M. (2005). Senior Teams and Managing Contradictions: On the Team Dynamics of Managing Exploitation and Exploration. Organization Science, 16, 522-536.
Reprinted: Smith, W. K. & Tushman, M. (2007). Gestion des Contradctions Strategiques. In F. Bournois & J. Duval-Hamel & S. Roussillon & J.-L. Scaringella (Eds.), Comites Executifs: Voyage au coeur de la dirigeance, 37-46. Paris: Eyrolles: Editions d'Organisations.
Reprinted: Smith, W. K. and Tushman. M. (2010). Managing Strategic Contradictions: A Top Management Team Model for Simultaneously Exploring and Exploiting. In F. Bournois, J. Duval-Hamel, S. Roussillon and J.-L. Scaringella. Houndmills, Palgrave-MacMillian Handbook of Top Management Teams, 60-70.
Tushman, M., and Smith, W.K., (2002). Organizational Technology. J. Baum (Ed.), Companion to Organization, Malden, MA, Blackwell. 386-414.
Gatignon, H., Tushman, M., Smith, W.K., and Anderson, P. (2002). A Structural Approach to Assessing Innovation: Construct Development of Innovation Locus, Type, and Characteristics. Management Science, 48, 1103-1122.
Awards & Honors
Best Paper in Graduate Management Education, Academy of Management, 2010
Best Overall Conference Paper, European Group for Organizational Studies, 2008
Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, Org. and Management Theory Division, 2007
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2006; 2010, 2013
Grants and Funding
General University Research Grant, University of Delaware, $6K; 2013
Center for International Studies Research Grant, University of Delaware, $10K; 2009-10
Center for Integrative Leadership Research Grant, University of Minnesota, $2,500; 2009-10
Institute for Social Science Research Grant, Cornell University, $7K; 2009-10
General University Research Grant, University of Delaware, $6K; 2008
Women’s Affairs Faculty Travel Grant, University of Delaware, 2010
Center for International Studies Travel Grant, University of Delaware, 2009
MBA Teaching Award Nomination, Univ. of Delaware, MBA Program, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Excellence in Teaching Nomination, Univ. of Delaware, University Senate, 2007, 2008, 2012
Bok Center Award for Teaching Fellow Excellence, Harvard University, 2005
Undergraduate and MBA
- BUAD 870 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MBA)
- BUAD 840 - Ethical Issues in Business (MBA)
- BUAD 309 - Management and Organizational Behavior (Undergrad)
- Leadership and Organizational Change
- Paradoxical Leadership
- Emotional Intelligence
- Skills for Change Agents