Professor Davis joined the Belk College of Business as Professor and Chair of the Department of Management in 2007. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Memphis, interim Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in International Business, Associate Director of the International M.B.A. program, interim Chair of the Department of Management, and Coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Management. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Davis garnered extensive managerial and professional experience as the Chief Operating Officer for a multi-state operator of wholesale and retail food service businesses and as Project Coordinator and Government Technical Representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he supervised implementation of temporary housing programs during disaster relief operations.
Dr. Davis also served with the U.S. Army Intelligence Command and with the 101st Airborne Division. He has advised top management and served on the Boards of Directors of public and not-for-profit firms. Professor Davis’s research and consulting address strategic management issues at the corporate and business level as well as among start-up and family firms. His research on these topics has appeared in leading academic and professional journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Davis has received numerous best paper and distinguished research awards and has served on the editorial boards of leading academic journals. A 2008 study by Podsakoff, P.M., MacKensie, S. B., Podsakoff, N.P. and Bachrach, D.G., published in the Journal of Management, identified Dr. Davis as one of the most influential authors in Management over a 25 year period.