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Dr. Michael E. Dobbs

Assistant Professor of Management

Office: 3010 - Lumpkin Hall
Phone: 581-6925
Email: medobbs@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.eiu.edu/business/personnel.php?id=medobbs

Michael Dobbs's Vita

     Dr. Dobbs joined the faculty at Eastern in 2009 after teaching at Southern Methodist University (SMU), LeTourneau University, and Arkansas State University.  His research and publications are primarily focused on Strategic Management issues related to sport, nonprofits, and small business.
     His work has appeared in journals such as Competitiveness ReviewInternational Journal of Sport Management, and International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal; he has reviewed materials for numerous academic journals, textbooks, and conferences; he has been quoted nationwide in the press on the formation of professional sports leagues; and he has been honored with best paper awards at academic conferences.
     While at Eastern, Dr. Dobbs' students have consulted for more than a dozen local businesses and nonprofits including Maddison Avenue Candle, Rowe Foundry, West Photography, Veolia, LifeLinks, Pumpkin Works, Taylor Studios, and Columbia Street Roastery.  This hands-on, practical approach was one of the primary reasons Dr. Dobbs has been honored with several awards including the EIU School of Business Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011.  Prior to coming to Eastern, Dr. Dobbs and his students consulted for Bell Helicopter, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Nortel, Re/Max, Abbott Labs, and dozens of others including the Ferguson Road Initiative for which he and the university were recognized with a Proclamation by City of Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.
     Dr. Dobbs' professional experience includes work in wholesale sales, retail sales management, computer hardware support, and as a free lance sports writer for major papers in Dallas and Houston covering high school football.

Frequently Taught Courses

BUS 4360, Strategy & Policy

MBA 5000, Strategic Management

ENT 4500, Entrepreneurial Venture Plan

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 1999; Organizations, Strategy, and International Management

M.B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1991; Management and Marketing Concentration

B.A., University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1988; Communications/Public Address (minor: History)

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Research

Strategic Management -- Sports

Strategic Management -- 
Small Business

Strategic Management -- Nonprofits

Publications

     Dobbs, M. E., Boggs, D. J., Grünhagen, M., Palacios, L. L., & Flight, R. L.  (Forthcoming).  Time will tell:  Interaction effects of franchising percentages and age on franchisor mortality rates.  Accepted for publication in International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal.

Dobbs, M. E.  (2014).  Guidelines for applying Porter’s five forces framework: A set of industry analysis templates.  Competitiveness Review, 24(1), 32-45.

Dobbs, M. E.  (2013).  Internal analysis in practice: Templates for firm and case analysis.  Journal of the North American Management Society, 7(1), 40-52.
 
Dobbs, M. E.  (2012).  Porter’s five forces in practice:  Templates for firm and case analysis.  Competition Forum, 10(1), 22-33.

Dobbs, M. E., & Pisarczyk, T. (2012).  The MOWST matrix for nonprofit strategic decision making.  Journal of Business, Society and Government, 4(1), 29-45. 

Dobbs, M. E.  (2011).  Barriers to entry.  In L. Swayne & M. Dodds (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Vol. 1, pp. 119-121).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  SAGE Publications.

Dobbs, M. E.  (2010).  Co-opetition matrix for analyzing the cooperation competition mix in an industry: Examples from Major League Baseball.  Competition Forum, 8(1), 35-43.

Dobbs, M. E., Stahura, K. A., Greenwood C. M., & Apache, R.R..  (2007).  The birth of leagues: Legitimation and competition in nine professional sports.  The ICHPERžSD Journal of Research, 2(2), 56-60.

Stahura, K. A., Dobbs, M. E., Greenwood, C. M., & Apache, R.R.  (2006).  Succession in Division I intercollegiate football: The effects of changing head coaches.  Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 21, 184-210.

Dobbs, M. E., Stahura, K. A., & Greenwood, M.  (2005).  Founding professional sports leagues: A statistical analysis, 1871-1997.   International Journal of Sport Management, 6(1), 15-29.

Stahura, K. A., Greenwood M., & Dobbs, M. E.  (2004).  Hiring patterns in intercollegiate athletics: An introductory investigation into the relationship between athletic directors and head coaches.  International Journal of Sport Management, 5(3), 197-214.

Stahura, K. A., Greenwood, C. M., & Dobbs, M. E.  (2003).  Additional insights into occupational employment trends within women’s intercollegiate athletics: Ranked program prestige.  Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 18, 1-36.

Dobbs, M. E.  (2002).  Coping through content.  In Fukami, C., 9/11 Montage: Professors remember.  Academy of Management Learning and Education, 1(1), 14-37.

Dobbs, M. E.  (1999).  The organization of professional sports leagues: Mortality and founding rates, 1871-1997 (Doctoral dissertation).  Dallas, TX:  University of Texas at Dallas.

 

Conference Presentations

     Schwindenhammer, E. M., & Dobbs, M. E.  (2014, April).  Executive compensation in higher education:  Effects of institutional characteristics and performance on presidents' compensation.  Paper session presented at the 16th Annual Academic Conference of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics, Destin, FL.

Dobbs, M. E., Boggs, D. J., Grünhagen, M., Palacios, L. L., & Flight, R. L.  (2013, November).  The influence of franchising percentages and age on franchisor mortality rates:  Evidence from the US automotive products & service sector.  Paper session presented at the 6th Bi-Annual International Conference on Economics and Management of Networks (EMNet), Agadir, Morocco.

    Dobbs, M. E.  (2013, August).  Beyond the walls and ivory tower:  Engaging and managing external consulting clients for student class projects.  Pedogogy session presented at the 73rdAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Teaching and Learning Conference, Orlando, FL.

     Dobbs, M. E.  (2013, February).  Internal analysis in practice: Templates for firm and case analysis.  Paper session presented at the 49th Annual MBAA International Conference:  North American Management Society, Chicago, IL.

     Dobbs, M. E.  (2012, October).  Porter’s five forces in practice: Templates for firm and case analysis.  Paper session presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Competitiveness, Washington, D.C.

Dobbs, M. E., & Pisarczyk, T. (2012, March).  The MOWST matrix for nonprofit strategic decision making.  Paper session presented at the 48th Annual MBAA International Conference:  Business, Society, and Government Consortium, Chicago, IL.  
 

Dobbs, M. E., Harrison, J. R., Zhao, X., & Wade, J.B.  (2011, August). 
The only game in town? Related agglomeration and the mortality of professional sports leagues.  Paper session presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Organization and Management Theory Division, San Antonio, TX.

     Dobbs, M. E.  (2010, October).  Co-opetition matrix for analyzing the cooperation competition mix in an industry: Examples from Major League Baseball.  Paper session presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the American Society for Competitiveness, Washington, D.C.

     Dobbs, M. E.  (2010, March).  Bringing industry analysis alive in the classroom:  Using Microsoft Excel to create Strategic Group Maps.  Paper session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Academy of Management, Dallas, TX.
 
Dobbs, M. E., Roller, R. H., & Bovee, S. L. (2009, October).  Strategic implications of an external analysis of Christian colleges and universities.  Paper session presented at the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference,  Rogers, AR.
 
Dobbs, M. E.  (2008, October).  It’s not fair!  A biblical examination of Adams’ equity theory. Paper session presented at the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
 
Dobbs, M. E., Harrison, J. R., Zhao, X., & Wade, J. B.  (2008, July).  Niche characteristics and mortality of professional sports leagues.  Paper session presented at the 24th Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
 
Dobbs, M. E.  (2007, October).  CCCU business program rankings:  One benchmark for business school development.  Paper accepted for presentation at the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
 
Dobbs, M. E., Harrison, J. R., & Zhao, X.  (2005, August).  Losing the Game: Competitive overlap and the failure of professional sports leagues.  Paper session presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Organization and Management Theory Division, Honolulu, HI.
 
Stahura, K. A., Dobbs M. E., & Greenwood C. M.  (2005, April).  Head coach turnover in Division 1-A football: Performance implications.  Paper session presented at the Southwest District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
 
Dobbs, M. E., & Nonis, S.  (2002, September).  Using the ETS Major Field Test in Business:  Impact of test taking motivation.  Paper session presented at the Marketing Management Association Educator’s Conference, Memphis, TN.
 
Dobbs, M. E., & Relyea, C.  (2002, October).  The international business quiz:  An in-class exercise introducing students to the world of international business.  Paper session presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of Arkansas College Teachers of Economics and Business, Little Rock, AR. 
 
Dobbs, M. E., & Harrison, J. R.  (2000, August).  Losing the game:  The failure of professional sports leagues.  Paper session presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Organization and Management Theory Division, Toronto, ONT, Canada.
 
Dobbs, M. E.  (2000, August).  Who’s got game?  Density dependence in the organizational founding rates of professional sports leagues, 1871-1997.  Paper session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. 
 
Dobbs, M. E., & Phene, A.  (1998, March).  Reexamining the effects of international diversification on firm performance: A comprehensive approach.  Paper session presented at the Academy of International Business: Southwest Chapter Meeting, Dallas, TX. 
 
Dobbs, M. E.  (1997, April).  Bounded rationality and foreign direct investment location decisions: An empirical investigation.  Paper session presented at the 12th Annual Texas Conference on Organizations, Austin, TX.

Funding & Grants

Holley Ethics Curriculum Award, 2014
     EIU School of Business
Achievement and Contribution Award, Research, 2013
    Eastern Illinois University
Dudley Student Research Mentoring Award, 2013
     EIU School of Business
Balanced Contribution Award, 2013
     EIU School of Business
Best Conceptual Paper Award, 2012
     American Society for Competitiveness Conference, Washington, D.C.
Outstanding Service Award, 2012
     EIU School of Business 
McGraw-Hill/Irwin Distinguished Paper Award, 2012
     MBAA Int'l Conference; Business, Society & Government Track; Chicago, IL
Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011
     EIU School of Business
Achievement and Contribution Award, Balanced Category (Teaching, Research & Service), 2011
    Eastern Illinois University
Faculty Research Grants, 2010-2013
    EIU School of Business

Community

MBA 5000 Strategic Consulting Projects
   Fall 2013:  Maddison Avenue Candle, Charleston, IL
   Spring 2013:  Rowe Foundry, Martinsville, IL
   Fall 2012:  Pumpkin Works, Paris, IL
   Fall 2011:  LifeLinks, Mattoon, IL
   Spring 2011: West Photography, Mattoon, IL

 

Co-Opetition in MLB Motion Chart:  
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AsM1QUuHlREZdHlhSnJfRldvTzZ3MmFRM2VpUjN4RWc&single=true&gid=1&output=html

National Press:
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/04/184776/will-it-fly-american-ultimate.html#storylink=misearch