Carl Zeithaml is serving his fourth term as the Dean and F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise. Dean Zeithaml joined the McIntire School in 1997 after spending more than a decade at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to UNC, he served on the faculties of Texas A&M University and the University of Maryland. Over the past 18 years, Dean Zeithaml led the implementation of McIntire’s strategy to achieve a position of global preeminence in business education. Since the 2006 introduction of the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of undergraduate business programs, the School’s B.S. in Commerce Program is the only program in the nation to be ranked either first or second each year. The McIntire School’s M.S. programs in Accounting, Commerce, and the Management of Information Technology are also ranked consistently among the top programs nationally. The McIntire School provides all students with opportunities to study at many of the best business schools in the world and to visit important global centers of commerce and industry.
Dean Zeithaml specializes in the field of strategic management, with an emphasis on global and competitive strategy. He conducts research on international expansion strategies, knowledge-based sources of competitive advantage, corporate political activity, strategic decision making, the strategic role of the board of directors, the implementation of acquisition and diversification strategies, and organizational transformation. He focuses much of his research agenda on global firms, high-technology industries, the energy industry, and the health care industry.
Dean Zeithaml has published his research in academic and professional journals and presented at numerous professional meetings. He co-authored several cases on global strategy issues as well as cases focused on firms in China and Southeast Asia. His recent publications include “Measuring Organizational Knowledge: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework,” in Strategic Management Journal; “Managing Organizational Competencies for Competitive Advantage: The Middle Management Edge,” in Academy of Management Executive; “Competencies and Firm Performance: Examining the Causal Ambiguity Paradox,” in Strategic Management Journal; “Garbage Cans and Advancing Hypercompetition: The Creation and Exploitation of New Capabilities and Strategic Flexibility in Two Regional Bell Operating Companies,” in Organization Science; and “The International Expansion Process of MNEs from Developing Countries: A Case Study of Thailand’s CP Group,” in Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Dean Zeithaml’s recent presentations at the Academy of Management national meetings include “Preserving and Transferring Knowledge-Based Resources during Post-Acquisition Implementation: A Study of High-Tech Acquisitions” and “A Resource-Based Approach to New Market Entry: An Empirical Study.” Previously, he served on editorial boards and has been active in professional associations. He received two teaching awards. Dean Zeithaml has been a regular participant in executive education programs, particularly for global firms and health care organizations, and he serves as a Director of Dollar Tree Inc.