College of Business Mississippi State University

Faculty & Staff

 Allison  Pearson, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., Auburn University, Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior
  • MBA, University of Southern Mississippi, Industrial Management
  • BBA, University of Southern Mississippi, Industrial Management

Recent Publications

  • "Family business as a boundary spanning platform", with Daniel T. Holt, G. Tyge Payne, and Pramodita Sharma, Family Business Review, 2018.
  • "Governance as a source of family firm heterogeneity ", with Josh Daspit, James Chrisman, P. Sharma, and R. V. Mahto, Journal of Business Research, 2018, vol. 84, p 293-300.
  • "Family Firm(s) Outcomes Model: Structuring Financial and Non-Financial Outcomes across the Family and Firm", with Daniel T. Holt, Jon Carr, and Tim Barnett, Family Business Review, 2017, vol. 30, no. 2, p 182-202.
  • "Development of a socioemotional wealth importance (SEWi) scale for family firm research", with Bart Debicki, Franz Kellermanns, James Chrisman, and Barbara Spencer, Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2016, vol. 7, p 47-57.
  • "The quagmire of legacy in family firms: Definition and implications of family and family firm legacy orientations", with Nathaniel Hammond and Daniel T. Holt, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 2016, vol. 40, no. 6, p 1209-1231.
  • "Family—Power, Experience, and Culture (F-PEC) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship", with Daniel T. Holt, Blackwell Publishing, 2015, vol. 3.
  • "Referencing in scholarly articles: What is just right?", with P. Sharma, Family Business Review, 2015, vol. 28, p 188-192.
  • "Using Mobile Devices in a High Risk Context: The Role of Risk and Trust in an Exploratory Study in Afghanistan", with Kent Marett, Rodney A. Pearson, and Erich Bergiel, Technology in Society, 2015.
  • "Five-factor model personality traits as predictors of perceived and actual use of technology", with Tim Barnett, Franz W. Kellermanns, and Rodney A. Pearson, European Journal of Information Systems, 2015, vol. 24, no. 4, p 374-390.
  • "Expanding the study of organizational behavior in family business: Adapting team theory to explore family firms.", with Erich Bergiel and Tim Barnett, European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, 2014, vol. 23, no. 5, p 657-664.
  • "Scales in family business studies Sage Handbook of Family Business", with Daniel T. Holt and Jon C Carr, Sage Publications, 2014, p 551-572.
  • "New venture and family business teams: Understanding team formation, composition, behaviors, and performance", with L. Schjoedt, E. Monsen, Tim Barnett, and James Chrisman, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2013, vol. 37, p 1-15.
  • "The use of a web-based course management system: Causes and performance effects", with J. Kirk Ring, Tim Barnett, Franz W. Kellermanns, and Rodney A. Pearson, Journal of Management Education, 2013, vol. 37, p 854-882.

Recent Presentations

  • "An empirical assessment of the validity and reliability of the socioemotional wealth (SEW) concept", with Daniel T. Holt, E. Su, L. Lucianetti, and J. Orr, Family Enterprise Research Conference, Asheville, NC, 2017.
  • "The quagmire of legacy in family firms: Definition, formation, and implications of family legacy orientation", with Nathaniel Hammond and Daniel T. Holt, Theories of Family Enterprise, Fort Worth, 2015.
  • "Socioemotional wealth and internationalization of family firms", with Bart Debicki, Barbara Spencer, and James Chrisman, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
  • "Mobile phone use risks and benefits in a high risk context: An Exploratory Study in Afghanistan", with E Bergiel, Kent Marett, and Rodney A. Pearson, 2013 Meeting of the Southern Management Association, New Orleans, LA, 2013.
  • "Web App Entrepreneurship", with Rodney A. Pearson, Kent Marett, Daniel T. Holt, Melissa Moore, and Robert S. Moore, Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition Conference, Jackson, MS, 2013.