Texas Tech University

Impactful Individual: Duane Ireland

Duane Ireland earned his doctorate from Texas Tech University in 1977 and currently serves as the Benton Cocanougher Chair in Business at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School.

Rawls College | July 5, 2023

As Texas Tech University celebrates its centennial year in 2023, the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business will highlight impactful individuals from years past. While each person be it as a student, alumni, friend, faculty or staff member may have impacted the college or their industry differently, one thing will always be constant: they are all part of the Rawls College legacy.

Duane Ireland is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the Benton Cocanougher Chair in Business at Texas A&M Universitys Mays Business School. He received his PhD from Texas Tech University in 1977.

In 2021, Ireland was appointed Interim Dean of Mays Business School. He has served as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at Mays Business School since September 1, 2020. Previously, he served as Executive Associate Dean for Mays Business School for five years and as Head of the Management Department for two years.

He has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and published numerous articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Decision Sciences, Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Management Studies, among others.

In 2014, he served as the 69th president of the Academy of Management, a worldwide association with approximately 20,000 members representing over 110 countries. Previously, he completed a term as a member of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Management (2002-2005). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, a Research Fellow in the Global Entrepreneurship Consortium, a Riata Entrepreneurship Scholar and a Falcone Fellow in Entrepreneurship.

He has been included on four separate occasions in the Economics and Business section of the list of The Most Highly Cited Researchers List. He has received several awards including the 2017 Academy of Management Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Service, the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship (given by Mays Business School) and the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research from Texas A&M University in 2012. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management. In 2018, he received recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University.

For more information on the impact of Rawls College, please visit the centennial exhibit at the Texas Tech Museum.