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University of Nebraska–Lincoln


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Varkey Titus Jr.

Associate Professor of Management
HLH 325 M
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
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  • Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organizational Theory (Minor in Entrepreneurship), Indiana University (2012)
  • M.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington (2007)
  • B.B.A., Baylor University (2005)
Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Social evaluations
Research Interests
  • Corporate venturing
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Social evaluations
  • Associate Professor
Titus CV March 2022.pdf

Dr. Varkey (Anand) Titus Jr. earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University and his MBA from the University of Texas, Arlington, Texas. He joined the College of Business in 2012 with expertise in corporate entrepreneurship and venturing, entrepreneurship and strategic management.


Titus, VK, Pieper, J Welbourne, TM, Josefy, M.  How does your garden grow? The interface of employee and sales growth post IPO.  Forthcoming at the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

Bass, AE, Pfarrer, M, Milosevic, I, Titus, VK.  Better to be loved by some? Firm flaunting as an impression management strategy.  Forthcoming at the Academy of Management Review.

Mui, R, Parker, ON, Titus, VK. Merit versus maleness: How strategic positioning can mitigate external gender bias. Forthcoming at Business Horizons.

Titus, VK, O’Brien, J, Dixit, J. Does performance breed slack? Ownership as a contingency to the performance feedback and slack relationship. Forthcoming at the Journal of Management.

Parker, O., Gong, K., Mui, R., Titus, V., Du, J., & Kwarteng, G. 2021. Order matters: How altering the sequence of performance events shapes perceived quality formation. Journal of Business Research, 126: 48-63.

Titus, VK, Parker, ON, Covin, JG. 2020.  Organizational aspirations and external venturing: The contingency of entrepreneurial orientation.  Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 44(4): 645-670.

Parker, ON, Mui, R., Titus, VK. 2020.  Unwelcome voices: The gender bias-mitigating potential of unconventionality.  Strategic Management Journal, 41(4): 738-757.

Titus, VK, Parker, ON, Bass, AE. 2018.  Ripping off the Band-Aid: Scrutiny-bundling in the wake of social disapproval.  Academy of Management Journal, 61(2): 637-660.

Titus, VK, Anderson, BS. 2018.  Firm structure and environment as contingencies to the corporate venture capital - firm value relationship.  Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 42(3): 498-522. 

Titus, VK, House, JM, Covin, JG. 2017. The role of exploration in external corporate venturing activity. Journal of Management, 43(5): 1609 –1630.

Mueller, BA, Titus, VK, Covin, JG, and Slevin, DP. 2012. Pioneering orientation and firm growth: Knowing when and to what degree pioneering makes sense. Journal of Management, 38(5): 1517-1549.

Titus, VK, Covin, JG, and Slevin, DP. 2011. Aligning strategic processes in pursuit of firm growth. Journal of Business Research, 64(5): 446-453.

Graduate Courses

Seminar in Selected Topics - Entrepreneurship (MNGT 994) - PhD seminar covering classic and contemporary research in entrepreneurship.

Managing Growth and Change (ENTR 822) - MBA class on topics related to corporate entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Courses

Identifying and Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities (ENTR/MNGT 421) - Covers the creative skills fundamental to the process of identifying and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities and the analytical toolkit needed to explore the feasibility of an entrepreneurial opportunity. Integrates experiential exercises, thought leadership in the field, and case study analysis to hone in on the critical importance of the entrepreneurial mindset to society. A variety of contexts are considered, including traditional small businesses, social/non-profit organizations, and innovative efforts within established firms.

Professional Service
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice - Editorial Review Board Member
  • Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Research Policy, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management - Ad hoc reviewer