Lyda Bigelow

Professor and David Eccles Faculty Fellow

Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Faculty, Tenure Track

Professor Bigelow’s research focuses on using transaction cost economics to assess the impact of efficient boundary of the firm decisions (e.g. make-or buy decisions, strategic alliances) on firm performance. Her most recent work has investigated the trade-offs of managing efficient sourcing arrangements under conditions of rapid technological innovation. She also has research interests in industry evolution, entrepreneurship, and organizational change. Her work has appeared in the Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, and the Journal of Economic and Organizational Behavior and she has won Best Paper awards from both the Entrepreneurship and Business Policy and Strategy Divisions of the Academy of Management. She is a reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and other journals and is a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and the International Journal of Strategic Change Management. Prior to joining the faculty of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, she was a strategy professor at the John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis where she was awarded the Reid Teaching award twice.She received her MBA from Wharton and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of Expertise
Corporate Finance
Organizational Behavior

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Women Tech Council Leadership Award. Women Tech Council, 10/2012

David Eccles Emerging Scholar. David Eccles School of Business, 2010


Ph.D. (2000) Business Administration University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

M.B.A. ( 1991) Finance and Management Concentration. University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business.

B.A. (1985) English and Economics Concentration. Wellesley College.


Professional Service

Journal of Management. Editorial Board. 01/2014 – present

Strategic Management Society. Representative-at-Large CSIG. 01/2013 – 01/2015

Women Tech Council. Board Member. 2010 – 2011

Strategic Management Journal. Board Member. 2009 – present

Academy of Management, BPS. Role: Member. Research Committee. 2008 – 2010

International Journal of Strategic Change Management. Board Member. 2007 – present

Internal Service

Social and Behavioral Science Gen Ed Committee. 09/2012 – 12/2013. University service.

PhD Coordinator for Strategy. PhD Coordinator, Strategy, 09/2010 – 09/2015. Department service.

DESB Strategic Planning, Faculty Productivity. Member, 2010 – 2010. College service.

Seminar Series Coodinator. Coordinator of Strategy Speaker Series, 09/2009 – 09/2015. Department service.

College Council. Member, 2009 – 2010. College service.

Management Dept, Library Liason – Act as coordinator between Marriott Library and the Management Dept to address needs or concerns regarding journals and other research relevant material. Library Liason, 2007 – present. Department service.


Advisory Board Member, Women Tech Council. 09/2010 – 09/2015


Lyda Bigelow & Nicholas Argyres and Jackson Nickerson (2014). Dominant Designs, Innovation Shocks, and the Follower’s Dilemma. Strategic Management Journal. Discipline based – refereed, Accepted, 01/2014.

Lyda Bigelow (2013). Make-or- Buy Decisions: Applications to Strategy Research . Palgrave. Discipline based – other, Pending, 01/2013.

Lyda Bigelow, Leif Lundmark, Judi McLean Parks & Robert Wuebker (2012). Skirting the Issues: Experimental Evidence of Gener Bias in IPO Prospectus Evaluations. Journal of Management. Discipline based – refereed, Accepted, 02/2012.

Lyda Bigelow, & Todd Zenger and Teppo Felin. (2011) Theories of the Firm-Market Boundary. Academy of Management Annals. In press, 06/2011.

Lyda Bigelow, & Nicholas Argyres. (2010) Innovation, Modularity and Vertical De-Integration: Evidence from the Early U.S. Auto Industry. Organization Science. Accepted, 09/2010.

Lyda Bigelow (2010) Beyond Make-or- Buy: Advances in Transaction Cost Economics. Sage Publications. Accepted, 06/2010.

Bigelow, L., & Jackson A. Nickerson. (2008). New Institutional Economics, Organization, and Strategy. (pp. 183-208). Cambridge University Press. Discipline based – other, Published, 2008.

Bigelow, L., & Nicholas Argyres. (2008). Make-or-Buy Revisited: A Population-Wide Test of Transaction Cost Alignment. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 66, 791-807. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 2008.

Bigelow, L., & Nicholas Argyres. (2007). Do Transaction Costs Matter for Survival at All Stages of the Industry Lifecycle?. Management Science. 53, 1332-1344. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 2007.

Bigelow, L.(2006). Technology Choice, Transaction Alignment and Survival: The Impact of Sub-Population Governance Structure. (pp. 301-334). Advances in Strategic Management. Discipline based – other, Published, 2006.

Bigelow, L., & Glenn R. Carroll, Marc-David Seidel, Lucia Tsai. (1997). Legitimation, Geographical Scale, and Organizational Density: Regional Patterns of Foundings of American Automobile Producers, 1885-1981. Social Science Research. 26, 377-398. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 1997.

Bigelow, L., & Glenn R. Carroll, Marc-David Seidel, Lucia Tsai. (1996). The Fates of De Novo and De Alio Producers in the American Automobile Industry 1885-1981.. Strategic Management Journal. 17, 117-137. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 1996.

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