Margarethe F. Wiersema, Ph.D.

Margarethe F. Wiersema holds the Dean’s Professorship in Strategic Management at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California,  Irvine. She has an MBA and Ph.D. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Professor Wiersema is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts on corporate strategy and CEO succession and replacement. She has published extensively in the premier journals in the field including the Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, and Administrative Science Quarterly. Her research is widely acknowledged by over 5000 citations and she has been quoted by the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, Fortune, Business Week, the Washington Post, and her research has appeared in The Economist Intelligence Unit for their “Executive Briefing”.

The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching, Professor Wiersema was elected as a Strategic Management Society Fellow in 2012, awarded the 2006 Distinguished PhD Alumni Award from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is an International Fellow for the Advanced Institute of Management Research in the UK. She has served on the faculty at the Business Schools at the University of Michigan, Rice University, and as a visiting scholar at the London Business School.

Professor Wiersema is actively involved with the business community by providing expertise on the subject of strategic analysis and thinking as well as the role of the Board of Directors and corporate governance. She has addressed a variety of business audiences and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, and has been actively involved in Director Training.

Prof. Wiersema serves as Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal, the premier journal in the strategy field. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of Organization Science and the California Management Review.   She served on the board of directors of the Strategic Management Society (2006-2010) and was Past President of the Corporate Strategy and Governance Group of the Strategic Management Society (2006-2008).