College of Business Mississippi State University

Faculty & Staff

  • Barbara Spencer, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Management
  • Lecturer of Management
  • 302R
  • Office: 662.325.0315
  • Department: 662.325.3928


  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Business Administration
  • MA, University of Maine, Organizational Communication
  • BA, University of Maine, Communication Studies


Born in Scarborough Maine, Barbara has lived in Mississippi for the past 24 years. She has a son named Wyatt and a cat named Lucky.

Recent Publications

  • "Development of a socioemotional wealth importance (SEWi) scale for family firm research", with Bart Debicki, Franz Kellermanns, James Chrisman, and Allison Pearson, Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2016, vol. 7, p 47-57.
  • "Business Model Learning and Design: A Strategic Guide", BEP, 2013, p 127.

Recent Presentations

  • "Socioemotional wealth and internationalization of family firms", with Bart Debicki, Allison Pearson, and James Chrisman, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, 2014.


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