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Varkey Titus Jr.

Amy and J. E. Van Horne Jr Chair and 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
  • Social evaluations
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Interface of busienss and society
  • Corporate venturing
  • Associate Professor

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, V, O’Brien, J, Parker, ON, Aumueller, C.  When the spotlight burns: Gender bias in the public perception of entrepreneurs. Accepted for publication at Business and Society.

Parker, ON, Short, C, Titus, V, Gong, K., Nahm, P. Accentuate the positive? Strategic negativity amid the hazard of high expectations. Forthcoming at the Strategic Management Journal.

Titus, V., Mbaraonye, I., Abdurakhmonov, M, Parker, ON. Avoiding the ties that bind: Entrepreneurial orientation and the creative constraint of corporate political activity. Forthcoming at the Journal of Management.

Bass, AE, Pfarrer, M, Milosevic, I, Titus, VK. 2023. Better to be loved by some? Firm flaunting as an impression management strategy.  Academy of Management Review, 48(2): 292-312.

Mui, R, Parker, ON, Titus, VK. 2022. Merit versus maleness: How strategic positioning can mitigate external gender bias. Business Horizons, 65(4): 427-436.

Titus, VK, Pieper, J, Josefy, M, Welbourne, TM. 2022. How does your garden grow? The interface of employee and sales growth post IPO.  Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 16(4): 671-698.

Titus, VK, O’Brien, J, Dixit, J. 2022. Does performance breed slack? Ownership as a contingency to the performance feedback and slack relationship. Journal of Management, 48(5): 1270-1298.

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.


Titus, V., Mbaraonye, I. 2023. Blame: Stakeholder judgments that impact organizations and entrepreneurs. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management (peer reviewed).

Titus, V. 2024. Corporate Venture Capital - Parent Firm Value Relationship. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Private Equity.

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.

  • Dissertation Committees
    • I have chaired/am currently chairing dissertations for three doctoral students.
    • I have served/am currently serving as a committee member or external committee member for six doctoral students.
  • Co-authorship with doctoral students
    • I have two research projects published/accepted for publication with doctoral students.
Professional Service
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Management - 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