profile image for Alia Crocker

Alia Crocker

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Management
Dr. Alia Crocker is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Babson College. She holds a Ph.D. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned an MA in International Relations from Boston University and a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

Professor Crocker brings experience from both the academic and business communities. Previously, she worked in management consulting where she focused on healthcare. She worked with clients in biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies on projects including market analytics, brand planning, licensing, forecasting, and commercial effectiveness. During her doctoral studies, she focused on Strategic Management, with an emphasis on human capital. Her dissertation examined the integrated role of human and social capital in absorptive capacity-based outcomes. Current work focuses on understanding organizational performance as well as learning and agility through examining strategic human capital resources and social networks.

Professor Crocker's research has been published in the Journal of Management, Strategic Organization, Academy of Management Learning & Education, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Harvard Business Review. She regularly presents research and organizes professional development workshops at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. Broad research interests include strategic human capital, social networks, multilevel theory, microfoundations of strategy, and behavioral theory. Other areas of interest include global health, social responsibility, and mentorship.

Professor Crocker's teaching interests include strategic management, organizational theory, and international business. At Isenberg, she taught the undergraduate Business Policy and Strategy course as well as the MBA Organizational Planning and Strategy class. At Babson, she teaches Strategic Problem Solving, serves as Faculty Advisor for the MBA Consulting Experience, and works with executive education clients on strategic development.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • MA, Boston University
  • BS, Bentley University

Academic Interest / Expertise

Strategy, Strategic Human Capital, Human Capital Resources, Social Capital, Social Networks, Healthcare, Problem Solving, Management Consulting, Mentorship and Coaching


  • Degree Courses 2024

  • Degree Courses 2023



Conference Proceedings

  • Gai, Y., Crocker, A., Brush, C.S., Glover, W.J. (2023). Multi-Stakeholder and Multi-Level Perspectives on Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Multi-Stakeholder and Multi-Level Perspectives on Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Vol: 2023, Issue: 1. Academy of Management. link


  • The Impact of Directors, Executives, and Employees: Gender Diversity across Levels and Corporate Environmental Performance Villanueva, O. Crocker, A. Feinstein, S. Sulkowski, A. Twentieth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, University of Aveiro - Aveiro, Portugal (2024)
  • Symposium on Healthcare Entrepreneurship Gai, Y. Glover, W. Crocker, A. Brush, C. Academy of management, Boston, Ma (2023)
  • How Healthcare Entrepreneurship Enhances Ecosystem Outcomes: The Relationship between Venture Capital-Funded Start-ups and County-Level Health Gai, Y. Glover, W. Crocker, A. Brush, C. Paper Development Workshop: Examining the Entrepreneurial Revolution in Healthcare, Naples, Italy (2023)
MoreGreen Chevron

Additional Links