Barbara Spencer PhD

 Barbara Spencer PhD


  • Management and Information Systems


  • Management


  • Professor of Management

Office: (662) 325-0315



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.


  • Ph D, Business Administration, Virginia Tech, 1985
  • MA, Organizational Communication, University of Maine, 1979
  • BA, Communication Studies, University of Maine, 1977

Research interests:

My current research interests include business models, family business, and strategic leadership.



  • Business Model Learning and Design: A Strategic Guide. BEP . 2013

Conference Proceeding

  • Institutional Entrepreneurship Implications from the Field of Entrepreneurship.  Proceedings of the Southern Management Association Annual Conference. Pages 438-443. 2007
  • Exploring Dysfunctional Work Teams: Lessons From Family and Marital Systems Theory.  International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines. 2005
  • The Relationship of Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy to Entrepreneurial Intentions: A Decision Modeling Approach.  Proceedings of the Southern Management Association. 2003

Journal Article

  • Development of a socioemotional wealth importance (SEWi) scale for family firm research. Journal of Family Business Strategy. Volume 7, Pages 47-57. 2016
  • The Interactive Effects of Shared Mental Models and Constructive Confrontation on Decision Quality. Journal of Organizational Behavior. Volume 29, Pages 119-137. 2008
  • The Contingent Effect of Constructive Confrontation on the Relationship Between Shared Mental Models and Decision Quality. Journal of Organizational Behavior. Volume 28, Pages 1-19. 2007
  • Consensus and Divergence in Perceptions of Cognitive Strategic Groups: Evidence from the Health Care Industry. . Strategic Organization! . Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 203-230. 2003
  • A Comparison of Quality Measurement Tools in the Trucking Industry. Quality Management Journal. Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 35-45. 1998
  • Quality Practices In China. Quality Management Journal. Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 91-106. 1998
  • Linking the Strategy Concept and Organizational Culture. European Journal of Marketing. Pages 98-112. 1996
  • The CEO/CIO Relationship Revisited: An Empirical Assessment of Satisfaction with IS. Information $ Management. Volume 29, Pages 123-130. 1995
  • Bringing Total Quality to Business School: The Power of Small Wins. Journal of Management Education. Volume 19, Issue 3, Pages 367-372. 1995
  • The Quality Paradigm: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back? Focus on Management. Focus of Management. Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 1-4. 1994
  • Models of Organization and Total Quality Management: A Comparison and Critical Evaluation. Academy of Management Review. Volume 19, Issue 3, Pages 446-471. 1994
  • Organizational and Extraorganizational Factors Affecting Stress, Employee Well-Being, and Absenteeism for Males and Females. Journal of Business and Psychology. Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 103-128. 1994
  • HRM and Sustainable Competitive Advantage. Human Resource Planning. Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 35-46. 1992
  • Creative Thinking: An Integral Part of Effective Business Communication. Bulletin of the Association for Business Communication. Volume 54, Issue 1, Pages 21-27. 1991
  • Analyzing Ethical Issues: Essential Ingredient in Business Communication. Bullentin of the Association for Business Communication. Volume 53, Issue 3, Pages 7-16. 1990

Written Case with Instructional Material

  • The Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, MS. Atomic Dog Publishing. 2006



  • "Socioemotional wealth and internationalization of family firms." Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA. 2014
  • "Development of a Scale to Measure the Importance of Socioemotional Wealth." Southern Management Association, Southern Management Association , Fort Lauderdale, FL. 2012
  • "Strategic Alliances between Complementors: Effects of Alliance Partner Diversity on Innovation and Performance." Academy of Management , , Chicago, IL. 2009
  • "An Exploratory Study of Family Business Leaders’ Intentions for the Future. ." Family Business Enterprise Conference, , Mississippi State University. 2007
  • "Strategic Alliances between Complementors: Effects of Tie Strength on Innovation and Performance. ." Academy of Management , Academy of Management , Anaheim, CA . 2007