College of Business Mississippi State University

Faculty & Staff

 Daniel T. Holt, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., Auburn University, Management
  • MS, Air Force Institute of Technology, Engineering & Environmental Management
  • MA, Webster University, Human Resource Management
  • BS, University of Louisville, Electrical Engineering

Recent Publications

  • "Family business as a boundary spanning platform", with Allison Pearson, G. Tyge Payne, and Pramodita Sharma, Family Business Review, 2018.
  • "The distribution of family firm performance heterogeneity: Understanding power law distributions", with Emma Su and Jeffrey Pollack, The Palgrave Handbook of Heterogeneity among Family Firms, 2018, vol. In E. Mimeli & C. Dibrell (Eds.).
  • "The heterogeneity of family firm ethical cultures: Current insights and future directions The Palgrave Handbook of Heterogeneity among Family Firms ", with William Tabor, Kristen Madison, and Josh Daspit, Palgrave, 2018.
  • "Family Firm(s) Outcomes Model: Structuring Financial and Non-Financial Outcomes across the Family and Firm", with Allison Pearson, Jon Carr, and Tim Barnett, Family Business Review, 2017, vol. 30, no. 2, p 182-202.
  • "Variance in family members’ assessments: The importance of dispersion modeling in family firm research", with Kristen Madison and Franz W. Kellermanns, Family Business Review, 2017, vol. 30, no. 1, p 61-83.
  • "Agency Theory in Family Firm Research: Accomplishments and Opportunities. The Routledge Companion to Family Business (Hoy, F., & Kellermanns, F. W., eds)", with Kristen Madison and Zonghui Li, Routledge, 2017.
  • "Beyond socioemotional wealth: Taking another step toward a theory of the family firm", with James Chrisman, Management Research, The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, 2016, vol. 14, p 279-287.
  • "Formal or informal mentoring: What drives employees to seek informal mentors? ", with G. Markova, Andrew Dhaenens, Laura Marler, and Sharon Heilmann, Journal of Managerial Issues, 2016, vol. 28, no. 1, p 67-83.
  • "The quagmire of legacy in family firms: Definition and implications of family and family firm legacy orientations", with Nathaniel Hammond and Allison Pearson, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 2016, vol. 40, no. 6, p 1209-1231.
  • "Viewing family firm behavior and governance through the lens of agency and stewardship theories", with Kristen Madison, Franz W. Kellermanns, and Annette L. Ranft, Family Business Review, 2016, vol. 29, no. 1, p 65-93.
  • "Examining family firm succession from a social exchange perspective: A multi-phase, multi-stakeholder review", with Josh Daspit, James Chrisman, and Rebecca Long, Family Business Review, 2016, vol. 29, p 44-64.
  • "Entrepreneurship", with James Chrisman, Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Volume 3, Entrepreneurship. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • "Family—Power, Experience, and Culture (F-PEC) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship", with Allison Pearson, Blackwell Publishing, 2015, vol. 3.
  • "Diagnosing Innovation Readiness in Family Firms", with Josh Daspit, California Management Review, 2015, vol. 58, no. 1, p 82-96.
  • "Scales in family business studies Sage Handbook of Family Business", with Allison Pearson and Jon C Carr, Sage Publications, 2014, p 551-572.
  • "Aurum Furniture and In-Law Management. ", with J. H. Chua, James Chrisman, Shanan Litchfield, and V. Jones, Case Research Journal, 2013, vol. 33, no. 2, p 41-54.
  • "Toward a comprehensive understanding of readiness for change: The case for an expanded conceptualization", with James Vardaman, Journal of Change Management, 2013, vol. 13, no. 1, p 9-18.
  • "Assessing a measurement of organizational preparedness for corporate entrepreneurship", with Jeffrey S Hornsby, Donald F Kuratko, and William J Wales, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 2013, vol. 30, no. 5, p 937-955.

Recent Presentations

  • "An empirical assessment of the validity and reliability of the socioemotional wealth (SEW) concept", with E. Su, Allison Pearson, L. Lucianetti, and J. Orr, Family Enterprise Research Conference, Asheville, NC, 2017.
  • "The Dark Triad of an individual’s personality (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy): Implications within family firms", with Benjamin McLarty, 2017 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 Allison Pearson, Theories of Family Enterprise, Fort Worth, 2015.
  • "The social processes of change readiness", with James Vardaman, Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, 2015.
  • "Theoretical and empirical concerns regarding shared sentiments in family firms", with Kristen Madison, Family Enterprise Research Conference, Burlington, Vermont, 2015.
  • "Introducing the readiness for innovation in family firms (RIFF) assessment: A practical framework for diagnosing innovation readiness", with Josh Daspit, Managing innovation in Family firms: In search of new practices, strategies, and organizational solutions workshop, Milan, Itally, 2015.
  • "Corporate brand identity: The use of social media by family firms", with Staci M. Zavattaro and Josh Daspit, Family Enterprise Research Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2014.
  • "Family Firm Succession: The influence of shared sentiments throughout a multi-level multi-phase process", with Kristen Madison, Theories of the Family Enterprise Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2014.
  • "Web App Entrepreneurship", with Rodney A. Pearson, Kent Marett, Allison Pearson, Melissa Moore, and Robert S. Moore, Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition Conference, Jackson, MS, 2013.
  • "Family-friendly work practices in family firms: A multilevel study", with Esra Memeli, Pankaj Patel, and Hanqing Fang, US Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2013.