Robert Kazanjian

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  • Professor of Organization & Management
  • Vice Dean for Programs
  • Phone: (404) 727-6359
  • Fax: (404) 727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

Biography

Robert K. Kazanjian is currently Vice Dean for Programs at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, responsible for the undergraduate BBA program as well as the fulltime, evening and executive MBA programs. He is also Professor of Organization and Management. From 2002-2004, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education with responsibility for all non-degree programs at Goizueta. Prior to his appointment at Emory, Rob was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan. More recently, he was a Visiting Professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Rob received his Ph.D. in Organization and Strategy as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has an AB in economics (with honors) from Hamilton College.

Rob has authored a number of articles in such journals as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, and the Columbia Journal of World Business. He is the co-author or co-editor of two books: Strategy Implementation: Structure, Systems and Process with Jay R. Galbraith (West Publishing, 1986); and The Search for Organic Growth with Ed Hess (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Since 1999, he has received 11 Teaching Excellence awards from MBA and Executive MBA students at Goizueta. Rob is a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal and previously was on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. He is also a member of the Strategic Management Society and of the Academy of Management.

His current research work falls into two areas. First, he is initiating several projects pertaining to the formulation and implementation of strategy, and the management of change in large, diversified firms. Particular interests here center on issues of capability creation and exploitation, innovation processes, and broad-scale organizational transformations. Second, he has a continuing research interest in the organizational issues associated with growth in firms at various stages of development.

Rob has consulted and done executive education work in the areas of strategy, strategic change, organization design and innovation with firms such as General Electric, General Motors, The Home Depot, Boston Scientific Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Singapore Airlines, IBM, Acer, Westinghouse, Abbott Labs, Exxon, SunTrust, Lockheed Martin, Tyco, and Siemens North America. He has regularly taught in senior executive programs across the US, as well as in Asia.

Publications

  • The Relation of Dominant Problems to Stage of Growth in Technology Based New Ventures: An Empirical Assessment, by Robert K. Kazanjian in Academy of Management Journal, 31 (2), June 1988, pp. 257-279
  • An Empirical Test of a Stage of Growth Progression Model, by Robert K. Kazanjian and Robert Drazin in Management Science, 35 (12), December, 1989.
  • A Reanalysis of Miller and Friesen's Life Cycle Data, by Robert Drazin and Robert Kazanjian in Strategic Management Journal, 11 (4), May-June, 1990, pp. 319-329.
  • A Stage-Contingent Model of New Venture Design and Growth, by Robert K. Kazanjian and Robert Drazin. Journal of Business Venturing, 5, 1990, pp. 137-150.
  • Organizing To Attain Potential Benefits From Information Asymmetries and Economies of Scope In Related Diversified Firms, by Praveen Nayyar and Robert K. Kazanjian. Academy of Management Review, 18 (4), October, 1993, 735-759.
  • Applying the Del Technique to the Analysis of Cross-Classification Data: A Test of CEO Succession and Top Management Team Development, by Robert Drazin and Robert K. Kazanjian. Academy of Management Journal, 36 (6), December, 1993, 1374-1399.
  • The Creation of Capabilities in New Ventures: A Longitudinal Study by Robert K. Kazanjian and H. Rao, Organization Studies, 20 (1), pp 125-142, 1999
  • Creativity in Large-Scale Projects: A Multi-Level Sensemaking Perspective, by Robert Drazin, Mary Ann Glynn and Robert K. Kazanjian, Academy of Management Review, 24(2), pp 286-307, 1999
  • Creativity and Technological Learning: The Roles of Organization Architecture and Crisis in Large-Scale Projects by Robert K. Kazanjian, Robert Drazin and Mary Ann Glynn, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 17, pp. 273-298, 2000
  • Dynamics of Structural Change by Robert Drazin, Mary Ann Glynn and Robert K. Kazanjian, Handbook of Organization Change, edited by Marshall Scott Poole and Andrew Van de Ven (2004)
  • Creativity and Sensemaking Among Professionals, by Robert Drazin, Robert Kazanjian and MaryAnn Glynn. In Chris Shalley and Jing Zhou (Eds) Handbook of Organizational Creativity, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.
  • Fostering Innovation In Complex Product Development Settings: The Role of Team Member Identity And Interteam Interdependence by MaryAnn Glynn, Robert K. Kazanjian and Robert Drazin. Journal of Product Innovation Management, (27), 2010, 1082-1095.
  • Organizational Learning, Knowledge Management and Creativity by Robert K. Kazanjian and Robert Drazin. In Michael D. Mumford (Ed.) Handbook of Organizational Creativity, Elsevier, 2012
  • Strategic Implementation by Robert K. Kazanjian.  In David Teece and Mie Augier (Eds.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, Palgrave Macmillan, (forthcoming)

Working Papers

  • Identity, Interdependence and Creativity: How Identity Threats Deflect Creative Intentions with Mary Ann Glynn and Robert Drazin
  • When Does an Acquirer Choose To Use an Investment Bank? A Resource Dependence Perspective with Maureen Blyler and Robert Drazin
  • Organizational Birthing in Three Environments: Organization Design Choices for New Business Incubation with Robert Drazin

Areas of Specialization

  • Growth and Development of Technology-Based New Ventures
  • Management of Technology in Large, Complex Organizations
  • Strategy Implementation and Large Scale Strategic Change

Achievements and Honors

  • Executive MBA Distinguished Educator Award for 2011, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award for 2001, 1999, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Evening MBA Distinguished Educator Award for 2008, 2007, 2000, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, 2005
  • Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence for 2000, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools (1990-2003)
  • Organization and Management Area Distinguished Service Award, 1993, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Outstanding Service Award from the MBA Class of 1992, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Recipient, 1984 Heizer Award for Outstanding Research in New Venture Development, conferred by the Business Policy and Planning Division of the Academy of Management
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Administrative Fellow, 1975-1977
  • James Soper Merrill Prize, Hamilton College, 1973

Memberships and Activities

  • Editorial Board for Strategic Management Journal
  • Editorial Board for Journal of Business Venturing
  • Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society

Education

  • Ph.D. in Organization and Strategy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1983
  • Master's A.M. in Organization and Strategy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1979
  • Master's in Organization and Strategy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1975
  • Bachelor's A.B. (Honors) in Economics, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 1973