Texas Tech University

Duane Ireland

Duane Ireland

Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar


Research Expertise

  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship in Informal Economies
  • Family Business Strategy


  • PhD, Texas Tech University
  • MBA, Texas Tech University
  • BBA, Texas Tech University


Duane Ireland is a university distinguished professor emeritus from Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He received his PhD from Texas Tech University. On June 14, 2021, Ireland was appointed interim dean of Mays Business School. He had been acting dean of the school since January 1, 2021. He completed his service as interim dean on August 31, 2022. Previously, he served Mays as associate dean for research and scholarship, as executive associate dean, and as head of the management department. 

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, Academy of Management Collections, 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. With colleagues, he is involved with two textbooks: Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization, 14th Edition (2024), Cengage Publishing, and Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, 7th Edition (2025), Pearson Publishing. 

In addition, he has served on the editorial review boards for over two dozen journals. He completed a three-year term as the editor of the Academy of Management Journal. He served as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal and for the Academy of Management Executive and as a consulting editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He has been a co-editor of 14 special issues for journals (with one forthcoming) such as the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Business Venturing, Organizational Research Methods, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 

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 six separate occasions in the Economics and Business section of the list of “The Most Highly Cited Researchers’ List” (compiled by Clarivate Analytics). 

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.