Rhonda Reger is the M. Watkins Distinguished Professor and the Management Department Doctoral Program Coordinator at the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri. Dr. Reger’s current research focuses on strategies for managing firm-level social evaluations in the social media era and on strategies to foster high growth and technology entrepreneurship. Her National Science Foundation funded research explores how self-concepts support or impede faculty involvement in commercialization of university inventions. She founded the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center housed in the Management Department and previously served as Management Department Chair.
Her award-winning research on competitive dynamics, social approval assets, and organizational identity has appeared in leading scholarly journals including the, and .
She is an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation in the Said Business School. Numerous awards recognize her research, teaching, and reviewing skills. She has taught strategy, entrepreneurship and related courses to thousands of students at all levels from undergraduate to PhD, including students enrolled in joint engineering and business programs. She has worked with many large technology organizations including the Intel Corporation, Dow Chemical and the National Institutes of Health as well as startups and small to medium sized businesses. She has taught EMBA and doctoral students in the United States, China, Europe and Australia.
She previously served as the Nestlé Professor of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee where she was Director of Research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Organizations Doctoral Program. She previously held faculty positions at the University of Maryland (including Department Co-Chair and Faculty Director of the MBA Program), Arizona State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She earned a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Additionally, Dr. Reger has served as an associate editor for the and on editorial review boards of several premier scholarly journals. She led the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division and served on the Business Policy and Strategy Division’s Executive Committee within the Academy of Management, and led the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group within the Strategic Management Society.
BBA in Marketing - Texas A&M University
MBA and PhD in Strategic Management - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign