Ann Murphy (amooney)

Ann Murphy

Associate Professor

School of Business

Babbio Center 616
(201) 216-5385


  • PhD (2000) University of Georgia (Strategic Management)
  • MBA (1996) University of Georgia (Organizational Behavior and Leadership)


Top Executives and Strategic Leadership
Board of Directors and Corporate Governance
Strategic Decision Making

General Information

Dr. Ann Mooney Murphy is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for the Management and Marketing Area in the School of Business. She served as Associate Dean 2010-19, and in that capacity oversaw the undergraduate programs and served on the leadership team of the School. She helped transform the School from a School of Technology Management to a School of Business, and along with that, led the launch of 6 new undergraduate majors and 7 new minors.

Dr. Murphy's research centers on strategic leadership and corporate governance, and her work has appeared in journals such as the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal. She teaches courses in strategy, management, and consulting.

Dr. Murphy received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management and M.B.A. from The University of Georgia, and her B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University.

Institutional Service

  • Committee on Committees Member
  • Faculty mentor Member
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) Member
  • Marketing & Management Area Chair

Professional Service

  • Strategic Leadership & Governance Interest Group, Strategic Management Society Representative at Large on leadership committee

Consulting Service

Dr. Murphy serves as an independent strategy consultant for a variety of companies – e.g., of different sizes, from a range of industries, in both profit and non-profit settings. Her work is focused mainly on facilitating strategic planning retreats and working with boards and leadership teams to help them develop effective strategic plans.

Prior to academia, she worked for large firms (PwC; Arthur Andersen), both in strategy and as an auditor (accounting).

Honors and Awards

Recent Awards include -

*2021 Best Paper, Academy of Management Conference (Virtual)
*2020 Excellence in All We Do Award, Stevens
*2020 Best paper finalist, Strategic Leadership Governance, Strategic Management Society Conference (Virtual)
*2017 Honorable Mention, Best Paper Award. Strategic Leadership Governance, Strategic Management Society Conference (Houston)
*2016 Best Reviewer Award, Strategic Management Society Conference (Berlin)
*2014 Exemplary Leadership Award, Stevens

Professional Societies

  • SMS – Strategic management society - elected rep at large for division Senior member

Selected Publications

Examples of publications include -

Jeong, S., Mooney, A., Zhang, Y. & Quigley, T. Forthcoming. How do investors really react to the appointment of Black CEOs? Strategic Management Journal.

Mooney, A. 2022. Invited to the party but not allowed to dance?: Examining Strategic Decision Making Inclusion of Female Executives. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.

Mooney, A., Zhang, Y., Mithani, M. & Mahoney, M. 2022. Top executive commitment to digital transformation initiatives and the importance of digital savviness. Technical Analysis & Strategic Management, 1-13.

Mooney, A., Brown, J. & Ward, A. 2021. The effects of director tenure on monitoring and advising; New insights from behavioral governance and learning theories. Corporate Governance: International Review, 29(5): 479-495.

Jeong, S., Mooney, A. & Zhang, Y. 2021. Investor reactions to racial-ethnic minority CEOs appointments. Academy of Management (virtual) Best Paper Proceedings.

Amason, A.C. & Mooney, A. 2008. Icarus’ paradox revisited: An examination of the relationship between past performance and strategic decision making. Strategic Organization, 6(4): 407-434.

Mooney, A., Holahan, P. & Amason, A. 2007. Don’t take it personally: Exploring cognitive conflict as a mediator of affective conflict. Journal of Management Studies, 44 (5): 733-758.

Hambrick, D.C., Finkelstein, S. & Mooney, A. 2005. Executive job demands: New insights for explaining strategic decisions and leader behaviors. Academy of Management Review, 30: 472-491.

Hambrick, D.C., Finkelstein, S. & Mooney, A. 2005. Executives sometimes lose it, just like the rest of us. Academy of Management Review, 30 (3): 503-508.

Finkelstein, S. & Mooney, A. 2003. Not the usual suspects: How to use board process to make boards better. Academy of Management Executive, 17: 101-113. (Finalist for the AME Annual Best Paper Award)


Examples of courses taught include -

Senior Design and Business Consulting (Undergraduate)
Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology (Undergraduate)
Strategic Management (MBA)
Strategic Leadership (MBA)
Theories in Management Research (PhD)