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William Lamb

Associate Professor

Murata Dean, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
Dean
Academic Division: Entrepreneurship

Bio

Will Lamb came to Babson in August 2014 from Ohio University, where he was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Strategic Management in the College of Business. Lamb’s areas of expertise include knowledge management, technology management, and the birth and growth of higher technology industries. His research also has focused on the link between financial performance and corporate social performance. Dr. Lamb's research has appeared in such outlets as Transactions on Engineering Management published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Business & Society, Industry & Innovation, Organizational Analysis, and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship. He also has a paper forthcoming in the International Journal of Innovation Management. He has won teaching awards at three universities: Virginia Tech, Millsaps College, and Ohio University. During Lamb’s time at Ohio University, graduate program enrollments more than doubled. He served as Management Department Chair from 2010–2012, overseeing the launch of two new centers: The Walter Center for Strategic Leadership and the Center for Entrepreneurship. During this time, the department redesigned and relaunched an entrepreneurship major, and developed the school’s first Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Further, under Lamb’s leadership, Ohio University expanded its blended MBA program to Cleveland, Ohio, and launched a new online MBA program with three concentrations. Lamb received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology at the University of Virginia. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Management, with minors in both Social Issues and Philosophy, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M Ed, University of Virginia
  • BA, University of Virginia

Academic Interests

Knowledge Management; Technology Management; Corporate Social Performance

Awards & Honors

  • 2005 - Armbruster Research Scholar Award
  • 2004 - MBA Professor of the Year, Athens Integrated MBA Program

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • MBA 7401: DISRUPTIVE CHANGE AND ENTERPRISE TRANSF

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Lamb, W.B., Sherman, H. (in press). Developing High-Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: A Study of Four U.S. States. , Fall(2010), 1 - 11.
  • Smith, W.J., Singal, M., Lamb, W.B. (2008). Corporate Social Orientation in Japan and the U.S.: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. , 15(3), 181 - 209.
  • Hatfield, D.E., Lamb, W.B., Tegarden, L.F. (2007). On the Shoulders of Giants: Co-Location with Dominant Firms in the Emerging Fiber Optics Industry. , 14(5), 445 - 460.
  • Lamb, W.B., Huq, F. (2006). Escalation of the Study-Abroad Experience: Lessons from a Hyper-Intensive Integrated Learning Program. , 17(1 & 2), 103 - 123.
  • Lamb, W.B., Kumar, R., Wokutch, R.E. (2005). Corporate Social Performance and the Road to Redemption: Insights from the South African Sanctions. , 13(1), 1 - 14.

Conference Proceedings

  • Schermerhorn, J., Lamb, W.B.Social Agency in International Business Practicies: Perspectives on Principled Constructive Engagement.
  • Lamb, W.B. (2007). Developing High-Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: A Study of Four U.S. States.
  • Lamb, W.B. (2005). Corporate reputation: An experimental analysis of the effect of industry setting.
  • Lamb, W.B. (2003). We know we're mad about Enron, but what do we really know about scandals?.

Presentations

  • Looking but not Leaping: Whither and When Academic Research Leads to Commercial Products in an Emerging Technology
    Ji, F., Hatfield, D., Tegarden, L., Lamb, W. Looking but not Leaping: Whither and When Academic Research Leads to Commercial Products in an Emerging Technology Strategic Management Society 2009, Washington, DC (2009)
  • Neighborhood Watch and Absorptive Capacity: The Link Between Academic Knowledge and Innovation
    Ji, F., Hatfield, D., Tegarden, L., Lamb, W. Neighborhood Watch and Absorptive Capacity: The Link Between Academic Knowledge and Innovation Academy of Management 2009, Chicago, Illinois (2009)
  • Technology Disclosure: Why Would Firms Share Valuable Knowledge?
    Lamb, W., Hatfield, D., Ji, F., Tegarden, L. Technology Disclosure: Why Would Firms Share Valuable Knowledge? International Innovation Conference for Cooperation Development, Pecs, Hungary (2008)
  • Building on Local Knowledge? Cluster Research Publications, Innovation, and Cluster Growth
    Hatfield, D., Ji, F., Lamb, W., Tegarden, L. Building on Local Knowledge? Cluster Research Publications, Innovation, and Cluster Growth Strategic Management Society 2008, Cologne, Germany (2008)
  • Social Agency in International Business Practices: Perspectives on Principled Constructive Engagement
    Schermerhorn, J., Lamb, W. Social Agency in International Business Practices: Perspectives on Principled Constructive Engagement International Association for Business & Society 2008, Tampere, Finland (2008)
  • Research Publications and Tacit Knowledge: An Industry Life Cycle Perspective on Why Firms Publish
    Tegarden, L., Lamb, W., Hatfield, D. Research Publications and Tacit Knowledge: An Industry Life Cycle Perspective on Why Firms Publish Strategic Management Society 2007, San Diego, CA (2007)
  • Corporate Social Orientation, National Origin, and Foreign Exposure: A Cross-Cultural Comparison
    Smith, W., Singal, M., Lamb, W. Corporate Social Orientation, National Origin, and Foreign Exposure: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Academy of Management 2007, Philadelphia, PA (2007)
  • Developing High-Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: A Study of Four US States
    Sherman, H., Lamb, W. Developing High-Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: A Study of Four US States International Council for Small Business World Conference 2007, Turku, Finland (2007)
  • Knowledge Creation in Emerging Industries: An Industry Life Cycle Perspective on Why Firms Publish
    Tegarden, L., Lamb, W., Hatfield, D. Knowledge Creation in Emerging Industries: An Industry Life Cycle Perspective on Why Firms Publish Invited Presentation: Virginia Tech Dept of Mgmt 2007, Blacksburg, VA (2007)
  • Pushing the Dominant Design: The Role of Firm Research Publications.
    Tegarden, L., Lamb, W. Pushing the Dominant Design: The Role of Firm Research Publications. Strategic Management Society 2006, Vienna, Austria (2006)
  • Innovative Activity in Emerging Higher Technology Industries: The Impact of University Research Activity
    Hatfield, D., Lamb, W., Tegarden, L. Innovative Activity in Emerging Higher Technology Industries: The Impact of University Research Activity Strategic Management Society 2005, Orlando, FL (2005)
  • The Care and Feeding of High Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: The Role of Universities
    Sherman, H., Lamb, W., Aspegren, K. The Care and Feeding of High Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: The Role of Universities Universities and Regional Development: Success Factors and Potential Dangers of Failure 2005, Pecs, Hungary (2005)
  • Locating Close to a Dominant Firm: An Entry Strategy in an Emergent Industry
    Hatfield, D., Lamb, W., Tegarden, L. Locating Close to a Dominant Firm: An Entry Strategy in an Emergent Industry Academy of Management 2005, Honolulu, HI (2005)
  • Corporate Reputation: An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Industry Setting
    Fritz, M., Lamb, W. Corporate Reputation: An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Industry Setting International Association for Business & Society 2005, Sonoma Valley, CA (2005)
  • When and Where? Investigating Incumbents’ Entry Decision into an Emerging Industry
    Lamb, W., Hatfield, D., Tegarden, L., Mu, C. When and Where? Investigating Incumbents’ Entry Decision into an Emerging Industry Strategic Management Society 2004, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004)
  • Geographic Location and Entrepreneurial Activity: A Longitudinal Study of the U. S. Fiberoptics Industry
    Hatfield, D., Lamb, W., Tegarden, L. Geographic Location and Entrepreneurial Activity: A Longitudinal Study of the U. S. Fiberoptics Industry Invited Presentation: University of Pecs 2004, Pecs, Hungary (2004)
  • Geographic Location and Entrepreneurial Activity: A Longitudinal Study of the U. S. Fiberoptics Industry
    Hatfield, D., Lamb, W., Tegarden, L. Geographic Location and Entrepreneurial Activity: A Longitudinal Study of the U. S. Fiberoptics Industry Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2004, Glasgow, Scotland (2004)
  • We Know We’re Mad About Enron, but What Do We Really Know About Scandals?
    Lamb, W., Fritz, M. We Know We’re Mad About Enron, but What Do We Really Know About Scandals? International Association for Business & Society 2003, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2003)