Tim Swift, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Swift came to St. Joseph's University in 2008, after spending 14 years in a series of senior management positions in the telecommunications and high-tech industries. His research focus is on strategic management, and technology and innovation management.


Strategic Management


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

Professional Experience

Academic Experience

- Associate Professor, Department of Management, Haub School of Business, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia PA (2014 to current)

- Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Haub School of Business, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA (2008 to 2014)

- Instructor, Temple University, Philadelphia PA (2005 to 2008)

- Instructor, Rutgers University, Camden NJ (2007 to 2008)

- Research Associate, Temple University, Philadelphia PA (2004 to 2008)

- Instructor, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA (1989 to 1990)

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.

Courses Taught

Business Policy (undergraduate)

Global Business Strategy Simulation (MBA)

Global Business Strategy (MBA)

Essentials of Management (Undergraduate)


Business Press

2015. Sometimes Cutting R&D Spending Can Yield More Innovation. Harvard Business Review, with R. Mudambi and T.J. Hannigan https://hbr.org/2015/01/sometimes-cutting-rd-spending-can-yield-more-innovation

2015. Apple Is Getting More Bang for Its R&D Buck. Bloomberg Businessweek, A. Satariano http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-30/apple-gets-more-bang-for-its-r-d-buck

2015. Riding Waves of Innovation to Profit. Center for Innovation Management Studies, November/December Newsletter, with R. Mudambi and T.J. Hannigan https://cims.ncsu.edu/cims_newsletter/novemberdecember-2015/riding-waves-of-innovation-to-profits/

2015. A Simple Test to Determine Your Firm’s Competitive Advantage. The Legal Intelligencer http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/home/native-ad?mvi=1ba32ce89cc5498584a4e564403d05f3&slreturn=20151102102257#!/

Refereed Journal Articles

2015. Making Up is Hard to Do: Knowledge Acquisition Strategies and the nature of New Product Innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, forthcoming (DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12298), with Dunlap, D., McDonough, E. and Mudambi, R.

2015. The Perilous Leap Between Exploration and Exploitation. Strategic Management Journal. forthcoming.

2014. Proactive R&D Management and Information Disclosure: Ramifications for Innovative Chemicals Companies. Journal of Business Chemistry, 11(1).

2014. Knowing when to leap: Transitioning between exploitative and explorative R&D. Strategic Management Journal, 35: 126-135, with R. Mudambi.

2013. R&D expenditure volatility and firm performance: Organizational and environmental contexts. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 10(4).

2012. Multinational enterprises and the geographical clustering of innovation. Industry and Innovation, 19(1): 1-21, with R. Mudambi.

2011. Proactive R&D management and firm growth: a punctuated equilibrium model. Research Policy, 40: 429-440, with R. Mudambi.

2009. Professional guilds, tension and knowledge management. Research Policy, 38(5): 736-745, with R. Mudambi.

2008. Business leaders speak out: Their real strategic problems. Journal of Business Strategy 29(5): 32-37, with H. D. Hopkins.

2008. Banking deregulation, punctuated equilibrium and early mover advantage. European Journal of Scientific Research 22(4), with H. D. Hopkins.

Book Chapters

2010. Technological clusters and multinational enterprise R&D strategy. In T. Devinney and T. Pedersen (Ed.) Advances in International Management: The Past, Present and Future of International Business Management, Vol. 23. Bingley, England: Emerald Group Publishing, 461-477, with R. Mudambi.

2009. Competitive dynamics in high-technology industries. In V. K. Narayanan and O'Connor (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation Management. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 81-86, with R. Mudambi.

Other Reviewed Research

Mudambi, R. and Swift T. 2012. Leveraging knowledge and competencies across space: The next frontier in international business. Journal of International Management, 17(3): 186-189.

Grants and Awards

Research Sabbatical, Fall 2014 Faculty Research Merit Award, 2013 Faculty Teaching Merit Award, 2013 Morris Research Grant, 2012 Summer Research Grant, 2010


Ph.D. Scientists in the Boardroom: A Resource Dependence View (working paper)

How Does Protection of Shareholder Rights Impact a Firm’s Innovation Process? with A. Markus (working paper)

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