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Gordon Walker

Gordon Walker


Department Chair
Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Entrepreneurship

PhD, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, 1982
MBA, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, 1976
BA, Yale University, 1966

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Gordon Walker is the Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Entrepreneurship and chair of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group at the Cox School of Business at SMU. He received his PhD and MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Yale University. Previously, he has taught at the Sloan School, MIT; the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University. Dr. Walker's publications have appeared in numerous academic journals. The fourth edition of his book, Modern Competitive Strategy, co-authored with Tammy Madsen will be published in January 2015. He has been on a number of editorial boards, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and and Strategic Organization. He served in the Marine Corps as an infantry lieutenant from 1967 to 1970 and earned the Bronze Star with Combat V. He was a member of the board of directors of Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ) from 2005 to 2013, where he chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Dr. Walker has consulted and performed contract research for many organizations including Southwest Airlines, Chaparral Steel, Sprint, Xerox, General Motors, Johnson and Johnson, Carlson Restaurants, EDS, Texas Instruments, The Associates, Novartis and United HealthCare. His executive training programs include senior management seminars at SMU, the Wharton School, Yale University and INSEAD. He was named among the best Business Policy teachers in the U.S. in 1994 and 1998 by Business Week magazine and received the "President's University Teaching Award" in 1999 at SMU.


By Area

  • Models of Network Development
  • Growth and Survival in Service Industries
  • Models of Vertical Integration and Outsourcing

By Industry

  • Information, NAICS Code: 51, 1519
  • Telecommunications, NAICS Code: 517, 1569
  • Computer and Office Machine Repair and Maintenance, NAICS Code: 811212, 2174
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises, NAICS Code: 55, 1835

Recent publications

“The Evolution of Heterogeneity in Performance,” (with Tammy Madsen), Strategic Management Journal. Forthcoming.

“How Much Does Owner Type Influence Firm Performance? Evidence from China, 1998-2007,” (with Frank Xia) Strategic Management Journal. 2015.

Profit Centers, in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. 2015.

Competitive Heterogeneity, (with Tammy Madsen and David Hoopes) in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. 2015.

The role and impact of computer simulation modelling in competitive strategy research, (with Richard Harrison), in Elgar Handbook of Research on Competitive Strategy, Northampton, UK; Edward Elgar. 2012.

Governance Networks, Small Worlds, and Acquisitions in Germany and the United States, 2000-2005, (with Gerry Davis and Bruce Kogut) in The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance (ed. Bruce Kogut), Cambridge, MA; MIT Press. 2012.

The Rise of Ecommerce as an Epidemic in the Small World of Venture Capital Syndication, in Advances in Strategic Management: Network Strategy, J. Baum and T. Rowley (eds.),  Northhampton, UK: Edward Elgar. 2007.


BA 6310 Global Business Environments
BAEX 6240 Emerging Markets
MNGT 6210 Global Leadership Program
STRA 6201 Strategic Management
STRA 6202 Advanced Strategic Management
STRA 6228 Global Strategy
STRA 6295 Directed Study in Strategy