Tim Swift, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Discipline Taught: Managing Human Capital
Office: Mandeville 228
Phone: (610) 660-1655
Fax: (610) 660-1229
Email: tim.swift@sju.edu


  • B.A. (with Honors), Rutgers the State University of New Jersey (1988)
  • M.B.A., Drexel University (1990)
  • Ph.D., Temple University (2008)
  • Dissertation topic: Creative Destruction in R&D: On the Relationship between R&D Expenditure Volatility and Firm Performance (Chair: Dr. Ram Mudambi)

Professional Experience

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Haub School of Business, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA (2008 to current)
  • Instructor, Temple University, Philadelphia PA (2005 to 2008)
  • Taught MBA and undergraduate Business Policy, the capstone course in the Fox School program.
  • Instructor, Rutgers University, Camden NJ (2007 to 2008)
  • Taught International Business course.
  • Research Associate, Temple University, Philadelphia PA (2004 to 2008)
  • Instructor, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA (1989 to 1990) Taught Principles of Economics.

Industry Experience

  • Telecordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ (2004)
  • Served as Director -level advisor to Vice President of Product Management on the formation of new Wireless product management group.
  • Unisys Corporation, Blue Bell, PA (1999 to 2004)
  • Served in a variety of Director-level positions, including corporate e-business strategy, product management for ASP solutions, and North American lead for Market Source Consulting Practice.
  • AT&T Corporation, Basking Ridge, NJ (1990 to 1999)
  • Rose from first-level Manager to District Manager in four years. Participated in AT&T's Leadership Continuity Program, a development program for high-potential managers. Held a broad array of senior management positions in international corporate development, strategy, finance, marketing and forecasting.


Refereed Journal Articles

2014. Proactive R&D Management and Information Disclosure:  Ramifications for Innovative Chemicals Companies.  Journal of Business Chemistry, forthcoming.

Knowing When to Leap:  Transitioning between Exploitative and Exploratory R&D. (with R. Mudambi)  Strategic Management Journal35: 126-145, 2014.

R&D Expenditure Volatility and Firm Performance:  Organizational and Environmental Contexts International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management10(4), 2013..

Multinational Enterprises and the Geographical Clustering of Innovation. (with R. Mudambi) Industry and Innovation19(1): 1-21, 2012.

Leveraging Knowledge and Competencies across Space:  The Next Frontier in International Business. (with R. Mudambi)  Journal of International Management 17(3), 2011.

Proactive R&D Management and Firm Growth:  A Punctuated Equilibrium Model. (with R. Mudambi)  Research Policy 40:  429-440, 2011.

Professional Guilds, Tension and Knowledge Management. (with R. Mudambi) Research Policy  38(5):  636-745, 2009.

Business Leaders Speak Out:  Their Real Strategic Problems. (with H.D. Hopkins)  Journal of Business Strategy 29(5):  32-37, 2008.

Banking Deregulation, Punctuated Equilibrium and Early Mover Advantage. (with H.D. Hopkins)  European Journal of Scientific Research 22(4), 2008.

Book Chapters

Technology Clusters and Multinational Enterprise R&D Strategy. (with R. Mudambi) In T. Devinney, T. Pedersen, and L. Tihanyi (Ed.) Advances in International Management:  The Past, Present and Future of International Business and Management. Bingley, UK:  Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011.

Competitive Dynamics in High-Technology Industries. (with R. Mudambi) In V. K. Narayanan and O'Connor (Ed.) Encyclopedia on Technology and Innovation Management. Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.


Review of  Business Elites and Corporate Governance in France and the UK, by Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey and Jon Press.  JIBS Book Reviews, December 19, 2006   < http://aib.msu.edu/jibs/bookreviews/html/2006-08.asp>

Working Papers

R&D Expenditure Volatility As an Indicator of Effective Corporate Governance (under review)

R&D Expenditure Volatility and Firm Performance:  Organizational and Industry Contexts (under review)

R&D Expenditure Volatility and Firm Innovation (with R. Mudambi, under review)

Domain Expertise, Incremental Innovation and Proactive R&D Management

Boundary Spanners and the Nature of Innovation

Conference Presentations

R&D Expenditure Volatility as a Form of Information Disclosure, Academy of Management, 2011

Domain Expertise, Incremental Innovation and Proactive R&D Management, Academy of Management, 2010

Open Innovation and the Architecture of the Entrepreneurial Firm, Strategic Management Society, Summer 2010

Domain Expertise, Innovation and R&D Expenditure Volatility, Temple and Duke Universities International Business Research Forum, 2008

R&D Expenditure Volatility and Firm Performance:  Firm and Industry Contexts, Academy of Management 2008

R&D Project Entrenchment, Academy of Management 2007

Banking Deregulation, Bank Strategies, and Bank Performance, Academy of Management 2007

Professional Guilds and Knowledge Management, Academy of Management 2006

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