Amy Hillman

Professor/Charles J. Robel Dean's Chair
Academic Prof w/Admin Appt
TEMPE Campus
Charles J. Robel Dean's Chair
TEMPE Campus
Dean & Professor
TEMPE Campus


Dr. Amy Hillman is the Charles J. Robel Dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She received her PhD from Texas A&M University in Strategic Management and Business and Public Policy in 1996 and was inducted Outstanding Doctoral Alumni from her alma mater in 2008.

Her areas of interest include corporate political strategies, boards of directors, and corporate strategy. Her research includes over 30 peer-reviewed articles published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Administrative Science Quarterly. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2014 and is a Founding Fellow of the International Corporate Governance Society.

She is former Editor of Academy of Management Review and a former Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal. She received the Academy of Management’s “Outstanding Educator Award” in 2018 and will serve as Vice-Chair Elect in 2020 and ultimately President of the Academy of Management in 2022.

Amy joined ASU in June, 2001. An award-winning undergraduate, MBA and doctoral teacher, she previously taught at the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, the Broad Business School at Michigan State University and the Mays College of Business at Texas A&M University. In addition, she has spent several summers as a guest professor at the Institute for International Management at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and taught during her doctoral program at her undergraduate alma mater Trinity University. She has also published seven teaching cases used in classrooms around the world.

Prior to joining academia, Amy was general manager of a retailing and manufacturing organization in the Southwest United States. Today, Amy serves on the board of publicly traded CDK Global, on the independent governance committee of U-Haul International, and on the non-profit boards of AACSB and the ASU Research Park.


  • Ph.D. Strategic Management and Business and Public Policy, Texas A&M University 1996
  • M.B.A.University of the Incarnate Word 1991
  • B.A. Trinity University 1987

Research Interests

How linkages between firms and external contingencies improve financial performance, boards of directors, corporate political strategies. 


Howard, M., Withers, M., Carnes, C. & Hillman, A. In Press. Friends or strangers? It all depends on context: A replication and extension of Beckman, Haunschild and Phillips (2004). Strategic Management Journal.


Sun, P., Hu, H. & Hillman, A. 2016. The dark side of board political capital: Enabling blockholder rent appropriation in emerging economies. Academy of Management Journal, 59: 1-22.


Zhu, H.D., Shen, W. & Hillman, A. 2014. Recategorization: New directors who have different backgrounds from incumbents and their subsequent positions on boards. Administrative Science Quarterly, 59: 240-270.


Withers, M., Corley, K. & Hillman, A. 2012. Stay or leave? Director identities and voluntary exit from the board during organizational crisis. Organization Science, 23: 835-850.


Withers, M., Cannella, A., & Hillman, A. 2012. A multidisciplinary review of the director selection literature. Journal of Management, 38: 243-277.


Hillman, A., Shropshire, C., Certo, T. Dalton, C. & Dalton, D. 2011. What I like about you: Director characteristics and shareholder approval. Organization Science, 22: 675-688.  Also published in, 2008 Best Paper Proceedings Academy of Management.


Haynes, K. & Hillman, A. 2010. The effect of board capital and CEO power on strategic resource allocation. Strategic Management Journal, 31: 1145-1163.


Hillman, A., Withers, M. & Collins, B. 2009. Resource dependence theory: A review. Journal of Management, 35: 1404-1427. Finalist, Scholarly Impact Award, 2014.


Lester, R., Hillman, A., Cannella, A. & Zardkoohi, A. 2008. Former government officials as outside directors: The role of human and social capital. Academy of Management Journal, 51: 999-1013.


Hillman, A., Nicholson, G. & Shropshire, C. 2008. Directors’ Multiple identities, identification and board monitoring and resource provision. Organization Science, 19: 441-456. Also published in 2006 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.


Keim, G. & Hillman, A. 2008. Political environments and business strategy: Implications for managers. Business Horizons, 51:1, 47-54.


Hillman, A., Shropshire, C. & Cannella, A. 2007. Organizational predictors of women on corporate boards. Academy of Management Journal, 50: 941-952.


David, P., Bloom, M. & Hillman, A. 2007. Investor activism, managerial responsiveness and corporate social performance. Strategic Management Journal, 28: 91-100.


Shropshire, C. & Hillman, A. 2006. A longitudinal examination of significant change in stakeholder management. Business & Society, 46: 63-87. Also in 2006 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.


Hillman, A. & Wan, W. 2005. The determinants of MNE subsidiaries’ political strategies: Evidence of institutional duality. Journal of International Business Studies, 36: 322-340.


Wan, W. & Hillman, A. 2005. One of these things is not like the other: What contributes to dissimilarity among MNE subsidiaries’ political strategies? Management International Review.


Hillman, A. 2005. Politicians on the board: Do connections affect the bottom line?  Journal of Management, 31: 464-481.


Bonardi, J., Hillman, A. & Keim, G. 2005. The attractiveness of political markets: Implications for firm strategy. Academy of Management Review, 30: 397-413.


Hillman, A., Keim, G., & Schuler, D. 2004. Corporate political strategies: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 30: 837-857.


Hillman, A. 2003. Determinants of political strategies in U.S. multinationals. Business & Society. 42: 455-484.


Hillman, A. & Dalziel, T. 2003. Boards of directors and firm performance: Integrating agency and resource-dependence perspectives. Academy of Management Review. 28: 383-396.


Lynall, M., Golden, B. & Hillman, A. 2003. Board composition from adolescence to maturity: A multi-theoretic view. Academy of Management Review. 28: 416-431.


Hillman, A., Cannella, A. & Harris, I. 2002. Women and racial minorities in the boardroom: How do directors differ? Journal of Management.28: 747-763.


Hillman, A. 2002. Public affairs, issue management and political strategy: Methodological approaches that count- A different view.  Journal of Public Affairs. 1: 356-361.


Luce, R., Barber, A. & Hillman, A. 2001. Good deeds and misdeeds: A mediated model of the effect of corporate social performance on organizational attractiveness. Business & Society, 40: 397-415.


Hillman, A., Keim, G., & Luce, R. 2001. Board composition and stakeholder performance: Do stakeholder directors make a difference? Business & Society. 40: 295-314.


Hillman, A. & Keim, G.  2001. Stakeholder management, social issues, and financial performance: What’s the bottom line? Strategic Management Journal. 22: 125-139.


Bellinger, L. & Hillman. A. 2000. Does tolerance lead to better partnering? The relationship between diversity management and M&A success.  Business & Society, 39: 323-337.


Shaffer, B. & Hillman, A. 2000. The development of business-government strategies in diversified firms. Strategic Management Journal. 21: 175-190.


Hillman, A., Cannella, A., & Paetzold, R. 2000. The resource dependence role of corporate directors: Strategic adaptation of board composition in response to environmental change. Journal of Management Studies, 37(2): 235-255. Reprinted in Theories of Corporate Governance: The Philosophical Foundations of Corporate Governance (2004), edited by Thomas Clarke, London: Routledge, pp. 138-148.


Hillman, A. & Hitt, M. 1999. Corporate political strategy formulation: A model of approach, participation, and strategy decisions. Academy of Management Review, 24: 825-842.


Hillman, A., Zardkoohi, A., & Bierman, L. 1999.  Corporate political strategies and firm performance: An indication of firm-specific benefits from personal service in the U.S. government.  Strategic Management Journal, 20: 67-82.


Hillman, A. & Keim, G. 1995. International variation in the business-government    interface: institutional and organizational considerations.  Academy of Management Review, 20: 193-214.


Fall 2020
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MGT 588Sources Competitive Advantage
MGT 595Continuing Registration
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
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MGT 792Research
Spring 2020
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MGT 580Practicum
MGT 591Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
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MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
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MGT 792Research
Spring 2019
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MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
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MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
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MGT 792Research
Spring 2018
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MGT 589Strategic Management
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
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MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
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MGT 589Strategic Management
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
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MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
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MGT 450Consulting Projects
WPC 480Capstone Course
Spring 2016
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MGT 493Honors Thesis
MGT 589Strategic Management
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation


  • Founding Fellow, International Corporate Governance Society, 2014
  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Management, 2014
  • Finalist, Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award, 2014
  • Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy, ASU 2010
  • Max D. Richards Distinguished Speaker, Penn State University, 2010
  • Outstanding Graduate Alumni, Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University, 2008
  • Jerry & Mary Ann Chapman Professor of Management, ASU 2006
  • Deans Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar, Arizona State University, 2004.
  • Outstanding Reviewer Strategic Management Journal, 2007.          
  • Outstanding Reviewer Academy of Management Journal. 2015, 2004, 2003, 2001.
  • Outstanding Reviewer BPS Division, Academy of Management, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1995.
  • Outstanding Reviewer SIM Division, Academy of Management. 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002.
  • IABS Best Paper of 2005, Awarded by IABS membership, 2006
  • Best Paper Nominee,   SIM Division, Academy of Management, 2006.
  • Lincoln Center for Ethics Grant, Arizona State University, Summer 2003.
  • J.J. Wettlaufer Research Fellow, University of Western Ontario. 2000-2001.
  • Best Paper Nominee, Strategic Management Society Conference. 1999.
  • Sloan Foundation Grant, Redefining the Corporation 1997.
  • George Kunze Prize for Outstanding Graduate Research, Texas A&M University, 1996.    
  • Research Stipend, Center for International Business Education and Research, Texas A&M University, 1995 & 1996.
  • Scholarship Recipient  Womens Faculty Network, Texas A&M University. 1995.                         


Teaching Awards:


Arizona State University                    

  • 2008 John W. Teets Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Instructor
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, MBA & Masters 2008
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Doctoral Program 2008        
  • Outstanding Professor Award, MBA for Executives 2002.


University of Western Ontario           

  • 1 of 5 University-Wide Nominees, University Student Council Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 2001
  • University Student Council Teaching Award of Excellence, And Deans Commendation for MBA Teaching. 2000.


Michigan State University                  

  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award. 1999.
  • Voted One of Most Popular Professors, Business Weeks Ranking of MBA Program Faculty. 1998.
  • MBA Course voted Most valuable by recent graduates. 1997.


Texas A&M University                     

  • Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award Association of Former Students. 1996.


  • Editor  Academy of Management Review, July 2008-December, 2011
  • Associate Editor Academy of Management Journal, July, 2004-December, 2007
  • Editorial Board Member Academy of Management Journal 1999-2008; 2011- 2016
  • Academy of Management Review, 2014-2017
  • Strategic Management Journal 2000- 2014
  • Academy of Management Learning & Education,2010-2013
  • Journal of Management 2002-2004
  • Journal of International Business Studies 2002- 2003
  • Business Horizons, 2005-2011.
  • Guest Editor Journal of International Business Studies, 2006.
  • Academy of Management Journal, 2000-2001

In addition to her service to the profession through editorial roles, Professor Hillman has served the Business Policy & Strategy division of the Academy of Management as Co-Chair, Mid-Career Consortia, Co-Chair, New Faculty Consortia, and on the Executive and Research Committees. She has served the Social Issues in Management division of the same organization as Best Paper Committee Chair and served the Strategic Management Society on the Best Paper Committee.

Work History

" Dean, Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business, 2013-Present. " Executive Dean, Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business, 2009- 2013. " Chair, Department of Management, 2007-2010. " Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy, 2010- Present. " Jerry and Mary Anne Chapman Professor of Business, 2006-2010. " Deans Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar 2004-2007 " Professor, Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business, Department of Management, Tempe, AZ. 2001- Present. Associate 2001, Professor 2006. " Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business, London, ON, Canada. 1999-2001. " Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Management, East Lansing, MI. 1996-1999. " Guest Professor, Johannes Kepler University, Institute for International Management, Linz, Austria. Summers 1996-1999. " Instructor, Texas A&M University, Department of Management, College Station, TX. 1993-1996. " Instructor, Trinity University, Department of Business Administration, San Antonio, TX. 1994.