Associate Professor, Department of Management

FCBE 211
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FRANCES FABIAN, Associate Professor


Dr Fabian has published articles in several leading journals including Journal of International Business Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Management International Review. Frances concentrates on strategic decision making. This interest has led to research on the corporate environment, and the nature of information, knowledge and wisdom for organizations.

Though raised in South Pasadena, California, Frances took her undergraduate degree at Smith College and her MPP at Harvard University in Massachusetts. After 6 years with the Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of the GAO, she left for her PhD with UT Austin.

Following Austin, she taught for 7 years at Tulane University in New Orleans, and 4 years with UNC Charlotte in North Carolina. She is happily settled in the Memphis region in Bartlett, TN.


Frances concentrates on strategic decision making. This interest has led to research on the industry environment, and the nature of information, knowledge and wisdom for organizations.

Recent work has incorporated complexity theory to describe and depict the nonlinearities of modern decision-making environments.

She is also embarking on a set of papers emphasizing entrepreneurship.

Recent Publications

  • Aissaoui, R. and Fabian, F. 2022. Globalization, economic development, and corruption: A cross-lagged contingency perspective. Journal of International Business Policy, 5:1-28  https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-020-00091-5. 
  • Reddy, R. and Fabian, F. 2020. Information Asymmetry and Host Country Institutions in Cross-Border Acquisitions. Management International Review, 60, 909-938. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11575-020-00431-w
  • Kang, T., James, S. and Fabian, F. 2020. Real options and strategic bankruptcy. Journal of Business Research, 117:152-162. 
  • Trusty, J., Allen, D.A., and Fabian, F.  2019. Hunting while Working: An Expanded Model of Employed Job Search. Human Resource Management Review. 29 (1) 28-42. DOI:

Selected Research

  • Trusty, J., Allen, D.A., and Fabian, F. 2018. Hunting while Working: An Expanded Model of Employed Job Search. Human Resource Management Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2017.12.001

  • Ndofor, H., Fabian, F, and Michel, J. 2018. Chaos in Industry Environments. IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. DOI: 10.1109/TEM.2017.2787860

  • Aissaoui, R. and Fabian, F. 2015. The French Paradox: Implications for variations in global convergence. Journal of International Management. 21 (1): 31-48.

  • Clampit, J., Kedia, B. Fabian, F. and Gaffney, N. 2015. Offshoring satisfaction: The role of partnership credibility and cultural complementarity. Journal of World Business, 50 (1): 79-93.

  • Steinbauer, R., Rhew, N., Kinnamon, E. and Fabian, F. 2014. The Conflicting Drivers of Entrepreneurial Ethics, Journal of Ethics & Entrepreneurship 4 (1) 57-72.

  • Wakolbinger, T., Fabian, F., Kettinger, W.J. forthcoming. IT-enabled Interorganizational Information Sharing Under Co-opetition in Disasters: A Game-Theoretic Framework. Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

  • Bryant, P., Fabian, F., Kinnamon, E. and Wright, P. 2012. Tailoring Entrepreneurship Education: Exploring Components of Entrepreneurship Education for Underrepresented Groups. Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, 23 (2): 1-24.

  • Fabian, F.H., Molina, H., and Labianca, G. 2009. Understanding Decisions to Internationalize by Small- and Medium-Sized Firms in an Emerging Market. Management International Review. 49, (5): 537-564.

  • Miller, K., Fabian, F.H., and Lin, S-J. 2009. Strategies for Online Communities, Strategic Management Journal, 30 (3): 305-322.

  • Fabian, F.H. and Dhillon, G. 2007. Losing Managerial Discretion: The Unexplored Risk of Collaborative Information Sharing. Journal of Information Science and Technology, 4 (1): 50-62.

  • Black, J.A., Hinrichs, K. and Fabian, F.H. 2007. Fractals of Strategic Coherence. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 17 (4): 421-442.

  • Dhillon, G. and Fabian, F.H. 2005. A Fractal Perspective on Competencies Necessary for Managing Information Systems. International Journal of Technology Management, 31 (1/2): 129-139.

  • Black, J., Fabian, F.H. and Hinrichs, K. 2005. Fractals, Stories and the Development of Coherence in Strategic Logic. Competence-Based Strategic Management Applications 7: 421-441, Elsevier.

  • Golden, B.R., Dukerich, J.M. and Fabian, F.H. 2000. Issue Interpretation on the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas in Professional Organizations. Journal of Management Studies, 8 (37): 1157-1187.

  • Fabian, F.H., 2000. Keeping the Tension: Pressures to Keep the Controversy in the Management Discipline. Academy of Management Review, 24 (2): 350-371.

  • Black, J. and Fabian, F.H. 2000. Fractals, Nested Resources and Competence Based Competition. In Theory Development for Competence-Based Strategic Management, JAI Press series of Advances in Applied Business Strategy Series, 1-30, John Wiley and Sons.

  • ogilvie, d., and Fabian, F.H. 1999. Decision Making Requirements for Future Organizational Leaders. In J. Hunt (Ed.) Leadership Challenges of the Twenty-First Century Army, 63-89, JAI Press.

  • ogilvie, d., and Hauge, F.H. 1998. Strategic Decision Making in the 21st Century Army: A Creative Action-Based Approach. In Stephen J. Havlovic (Ed.) Fifty-eight Annual Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, San Diego, CA, 1-7.

  • Ashmos, D.P., Duchon, D., Hauge, F.H. and McDaniel, R.R. 1997. The Nature of Internal Complexity in Unusual Organizations: A Study of Environmentally Sensitive and Insensitive Hospitals. Hospital and Health Services Administration Journal, 41 (4): 535-55.


Has taught strategy at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels, and PhD seminar. Also taught entrepreneurship, and global strategy.


Frances participates in various Memphis area entrepreneurship organizations, and looks forward to contributing to a growing entrepreneurism in the region.