Sharon Oswald PhD

 Sharon Oswald PhD


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Dr. Sharon L. Oswald is Dean of the College of Business at Mississippi State University. Prior to this appointment she was a faculty member in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University for 24 years, where she held the title of Colonel George Privett Professor of Management, and served for twelve years as the head of the Department of Management. She now holds the title of Professor Emeritus. She earned a BA degree from Auburn University, an MBA From UAB and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Dr. Oswald has published more than 70 articles in several prestigious journals and co-authored one book. Currently, her primary research areas are entrepreneurship and international health care management. Dr. Oswald has been invited on two occasions to participate in an international panel on health care issues at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic. She serves on an international board of directors for the Academy of Health Care Management headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic.


  • BA, , Auburn University,
  • MBA, , University of Alabama at Birmingham,
  • Ph D, , University of Alabama, 1988


Journal Article

  • Does Establishing Sociopolitical Legitimacy Overcome Liabilities of Newness? A Longitudinal Analysis of Top Performers. Group & Organization Management. Volume 45, Issue Issue 6. 2018
  • Proposing Social Resources as the Fundamental Catalyst Toward Opportunity Creation. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Volume 9, Pages 119-135. 2015
  • Entrepreneur political skill and new venture performance: Extending the social competence perspective. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. Volume 24, Issue 5-6. 2012
  • Extending Caselli and Coleman: A Model for Technology Adoption in China. Journal of Applied Business Research. Volume 27, Issue 4, Pages 79-90. 2011
  • Charitable giving to not-for-profit organizations: factors affecting donations to non-profit organizations.. Innovative Marketing. Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 73-80.
  • The Influence of Large Stake Family Control on Performance: It it Agency or Entrenchment?. Journal of Small Business Management. Volume 47, Issue 9. 2009
  • Workplace aggression: Is National Culture a Factor? . The Business Renaissance Quarterly. Volume 4, Issue 1. 2009
  • . A Resource Based Perspective for MNC Subsidiaries Strategies in China. International Handbook of Academic Research and Teaching. Pages 157-165. 2008
  • Infosys Technologies: Improving Organizational Knowledge Flow. Journal of Informational Technology. Volume 22, Pages 456-464. 2007
  • Learning Independence as a Driver in Student Maximization of Web-Based Learning Tools: An Exploratory Examination of an Introductory CIS Applications Course. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. Volume 4, Issue 1. 2006
  • Commitment to Employees: Does it Help or Hinder Small Business Performance. Journal of Small Business Economics. 2005
  • ESOP Adoption and Cororate Performance: Does Motivation Matter?. Journal of Business & Economic Studies. Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 76-96. 2005
  • Service Marketing and Employee Job Proficiency: The Effects of Employee Employment and Job Satisfaction on Customer Perceptions of Service Quality. Journal of Business Research. Volume 58, Page 9. 2005
  • The Effects of Specific Job Satisfaction Facets on Customer Perceptions of Service Quality: An Employee-level Analysis. Journal of Business Research. Volume 58, Issue 10, Pages 1330-1339. 2005
  • Empiric investigation on direct costs-of-illness and healthcare utilization of Medicaid patients with diabetes mellitus.. The American journal of managed care. Volume 4, Issue 10, Pages 1433-46. 1998
  • Quality determinants and hospital satisfaction. Perceptions of the facility and staff might be key influencing factors.. Marketing health services. Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 18-22. 1998
  • Prediction of hospital failure: a post-PPS analysis.. Hospital & health services administration. Volume 41, Issue 4, Pages 441-60. 1996
  • The effects of demographics on determinants of perceived health-care service quality. The case of users and observers.. Journal of management in medicine. Volume 10, Issue 5, Pages 8-20. 1996
  • An empirical examination of shift strategies in the service industry: how hospitals adapt to industry change.. Journal of hospital marketing. Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 15-34. 1995


  • "The Twenty Year Struggle: Resistance to Health Care Reform in the Czech Republic.." 7th Biennial International Conference in Organizational Behavior in Health Care, Journal of Health Organisation and Management, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. 2010
  • "Social Capital and New Venture Performance: What Does Social Competence Have to Do with It?." Southern Management Association, , St. Petersburg Beach, FL. 2008
  • "New Venture Performance: The Role of Principal’s Social Effectiveness." Academy of Management, , Anaheim, CA. 2008
  • "A Resource Based Perspective for MNC Subsidiaries Strategies in China." Intellectbase International Consortium 2, Intellectbase, Nashville, TN. 2008
  • "A Resource Based Perspective for MNC Subsidiaries Strategies in China." Intellectbase International Consortium 2, , Nashville, TN. 2008
  • "Beyond the Developmental Model for Family Business: An Empirical Examination." Southern Management Academy, , San Antonio, TX. 2006
  • "Perceptions of Leadership Traits and Affective Behaviors: The Effect on US Presidential Election Success." Southwest Academy of Management, , Oklahoma City. 2006
  • "Beyond the Developmental Model for Family Business: An Empirical Investigation." Academy of Management Meeting, , Hawaii. 2005
  • "The Influence of Large Stake Family Ownership on Performance: An Agency-Based or Life-Style Relationship." Academy of Management Meeting, , Hawaii. 2005
  • "The Organizational Life Cycle and the Small and Medium Enterprise: Toward the Identification of Thresholds." Western Academy of Management, , Palm Springs, CA. 2003
  • "Market Transformation Through Technological Innovation: The Case of Jingwei, China's Leading Textile Machinery Company." Academy of International Business U.S. Southwest Chapter 2003 Annual Conference, , . 2003

Oral Presentation

  • "Social Resources: How Family Firms Can Maintain their Dynamic Capabilities while Fostering Innovation." Southern Management Association, Academy of Management, Saint Petersburg. 2015
  • "Extending the Importance of Networks in Family Business: The Perils of Bonding Ties." Theories of Family Enterprise Conference, , Edmonton, Ontario. 2014


  • "Enhanced Opportunity Exploitation via Leveraging Entrepreneur Social Resources Tward Knowledge Gap Reduction." Southern Management Association, SMA, Atlanta, GA. 2014
  • "Understanding indicators of new Venture Legitimacy: The Impact on Firm Performance. ." 25th USASBE Annual Coference, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Hilton Head, SC. 2011
  • "Assessing Knowledge in New Venture Creations: The Implications of Social Capital, Social Competence, Uncertainty and Equivocality." Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada. 2010