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Merrick School of Business

Donald Hatfield

Donald E. Hatfield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management and International Business

Department of Management and International Business
Office: Business Center 553
Phone: 410.837.5863

  • Ph.D., University of California
  • M.B.A., University of Iowa
  • B.S., Iowa State University

Donald E. Hatfield is an associate professor of management with interests in the interaction between the fields of economics, finance, organizational theory, and strategic management. Professor Hatfield's current research is focused upon how managers can deal with the uncertainty associated with technology, and the underlying factors driving geographic industrial clustering. His work examines how firms position for entrance into an emerging industry, how geographic factors influence technology competition, how diversity influences creativity, and how firms use research laboratories to develop competitive advantage. Hatfield’s interests in the management of technology and corporate strategy trace back to his experiences as a chemical engineer for Gulf Oil. His research has been published in the Journal of Industrial Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Product and Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and others. Hatfield has presented papers internationally for the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Institute for Operations Research & the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Southern Economic Association, and various universities' seminar series. Prior to teaching at UB he spent 20 years as an associate professor at Virginia Tech and was instrumental in helping start up technology management and entrepreneurship courses and programs. He has been a visiting professor at both CEIBS and Jilin University (China). He has an appointment as a Research Analysis for the Office of Research, Information, and Planning out of Washington, D.C.

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Journal Articles

Hatfield, D. E. (2012). The Dynamics of Competitive Rivalry: The Paper Fight Session. Journal of Industrial Organization Education. 6(1), 1-9.

Tegarden, L. F., Lamb, W. B., Hatfield, D. E., & Ji, F. X. (2012). Bringing Emerging Technologies to Market: Does academic research promote commercialization exploration and exploitation?. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 59(4), 598-608.

Hatfield, D. E. (2010). Firm Performance: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of R&D, Patents, and Product Innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management. 27. 725-740.


Li, M., Hatfield, D. E., & Cardinal, L. B. International Conference of Strategic Management Society, "Do CEOs Matter? CEO Tenure Effects on Firm Innovation and Stock Market Performance," Strategic Management Society, Atlanta. (2013).

Thakur, P., Hatfield, D. E., & Samant, S. International Conference of Strategic Management Society, "Technology Catch-up by Developing Countries: Mature versus Emerging Technologies," Strategic Management Society, Atlanta. (2013).

Hatfield, D. E. Academy of International Business in Nagoya, "Ambidexterity of International New Ventures: A Conceptual Model," Japan. (2011).

Hatfield, D. E. Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, "Agglomeration Economies and the Isolation Costs of Lone Wolves," Miami. (2011).

Hatfield, D. E. Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, "The Relationship Between Academic Knowledge Structure, Invention Knowledge Structure, and Invention Performance: A Longitudinal Study," Miami. (2011).

Hatfield, D. E. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management with the Business Policy and Strategy Division, "Lost in Your World? Role of Behavioral Orientation on the Impact of Alliance Portfolio on Innovation," San Antonio, TX. (2011).

Hatfield, D. E. Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, "An Ambidexterity Perspective: New Venture Early Internationalization and Growth," Rome, Italy. (2010).

Hatfield, D. E. Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, "Demographic Diversity Impact Innovation?," Rome, Italy. (2010).

Hatfield, D. E. Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference (ACAC), "An Ambidexterity Perspective of New Venture Internationalization," (2010).