Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher
Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher is an assistant professor in the management and entrepreneurship department at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He holds a PhD in entrepreneurship and strategy from the University of Washington in Seattle. While completing his PhD, he taught corporate entrepreneurship on executive MBA programme at the University of Washington and was a visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where he taught entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship on GIBS MBA and Executive Education programmes. Greg was a full-time faculty member at GIBS for three years prior to moving to the USA to do his PhD. Before joining GIBS he founded and sold a training products company called Learninglab and prior to that he worked for four years at Deloitte as a senior manager in the learning and development department.


  • Adjunct ​faculty member a​t GIBS where he teaches an MBA elective on strategic renewal.​
  • Facilitates a research workshop for doctoral students

Published Research
Journal articles:

Waldron, T., Fisher, G., Navis, C. (2015). Institutional entrepreneur​s social mobility in organizational fields.Journal of Business Venturing,30(1), p.131–149.Fisher, G., Kotha, S. (2​015). Anatomy of a failure.Business Horizons,57(2), p. 289–300. Waldron, T., Navis, C., Fisher, G. (2013). Explaining differences in firms responses to activism.Academy of Management Review, 38, p.397-415. Fisher, G. (2012). Effectuation, causation and entrepreneurial bricolage: A behavioral comparison of emerging theories in entrepreneurship research.Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 6, p. 1019-1051.Abdo, A., Fisher, G. (2007). The impact of reported corporate governance disclosure on the financial performance of companies listed on the financial performance of companies listed on the JSE. Investment Analyst Journal, 66, p. 43-56.

Large scale surveys of UK (CBI, Deloitte and Touche, 1996) and US (Daily and Dalton, 1994) companies a decade ago suggested that the majority of respondents felt that the heightened focus on corporate governance had no positive impact on corporate performance. The general feeling emerged that sound financial performance excuses poor governance (Pic, 1997).

Chapters in books:

Fisher, G., Kotha, S. (forthcoming). Entrepreneurial identity and resource acquisition: The role of venture identification. In M. Hitt,J. Zhou, C. Shally, C. (Eds.).Oxford Handbook on Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.Fisher, G. (2009). Personality, uncertainty and logic: Impact on entrepreneurial outcomes.Academy of Management Proceedings, 2009(1), p. 1-6. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2009.44257615​

Consulting Involvement
  • Strategy consulting for Smart Business Solutions (holding company for Entrepreneur Magazine and Think Sales Corporation)
  • Learning and development consulting for Deloitte
  • ​Advisor to three start-up firms in USA
Significant Achievements
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, 2013
  • Best Paper Award at the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, 2013
  • Named among the “40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs under 40 in the World” by the Poets and Quants website
  • MBA Teaching Award, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2011
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, University of Washington, Professional and Continuing Education Business Fundamentals Program, 2011
  • Doctoral Student Paper Award, Western Academy of Management meeting, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, Southern Management Association Meeting, Ethics/Diversity Track, 2011
  • MBA Teaching Award, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2010
  • Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division IDEA Award for Research Promise, 2010
  • Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award from International Leadership Association, 2010
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Award for the Best Conceptual Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, 2009
  • Doctoral Student Paper Award, Southern Management Association Meeting, Entrepreneurship/Innovation Track, 2009
Contact Details
  • BAcct (UKZN)
  • BCom (Hons) (UJ)
  • CA (SA)
  • MBA cum laude (GIBS)
Fields of Interest
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Turnaround management
  • Strategy
Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management (entrepreneurship division, organisation and management theory division and business policy and strategy division)
  • Strategic management society

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