Dr. Tom Turk

Dr. Tom Turk

The George L. Argyros College of Business and Economics
Expertise: Strategic Management; Leadership; Mergers; Management;
Office Location: Beckman Hall 302A
Office Hours: By appointment only
Phone: (714) 997-6819
Santa Clara University, Bachelor of Science
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.


Dr. Thomas (Tom) Turk is a professor of management. Dr. Turk previously served as the Leatherby Chair in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Turk joined Chapman University in 1992 after serving for five years on the faculty at Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of California, Irvine in 1988.

Dr. Turk's research on corporate strategy, corporate governance, and executive compensation issues has appeared in leading academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Economic Inquiry, Human Relations, Journal of Management, Journal of High Technology Management, Strategic Management Review, and Journal of Economics and Business.  His research on corporate governance, mergers and hostile takeovers has appeared in Corporate Governance and The Management of Corporate Acquisitions, both collections of articles by internationally recognized scholars. His current research focuses on improving resource allocation by applying property rights theory to the internal management of organizations.

Dr. Turk lectures widely in executive education programs for both public and private organizations. He frequently consults with businesses on strategic planning, strategic change, and executive compensation issues. Dr. Turk has provided management training and consulting services to over 100 clients, including Ford Motor Company, Koch Industries, Time Warner Communications, Boise Cascade, Toyota, Marsh McLennan, Allergan, First American Financial, and many other government, non-profit and for-profit organizations. He also serves as an expert witness on top executive compensation and business valuation issues.

Dr Turk’s current research and consulting assists firms in reducing bureaucracy and increasing their capacity to take entrepreneurial initiative.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Turk, T. A., Ybarra, C. E., Goh, J., Hsu, J., & Li, L. 2016. Shareholder Value and the Risk Effects of Strategic Alliances. Journal of Marketing and Strategic Management, Vol. 10.
Turk, T. A. 2015. "Matrix Organizations", Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management
McCarter, M., Kopelman, S. Turk, T., Ybarra, C, 2012. Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth- How Anticommons Resources Emerge in Organizations. Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, Boston.
Turk, T. A. & Ybarra, C. E., 2011. “Commitment to High-Tech Strategic Alliances: A Comparison of Direct-Competitor and Non-Competitor Alliances”, Strategic Management Review, 5(1), pp. 23-43.
Ybarra, C. E. & Turk, T. A. 2011. “Strategic Alliances with Competing Firms and Shareholder Value”, Journal of Management and Marketing Research, Vol. 6.