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Karen Schnatterly

Associate Professor
2013 Pamplin (0233)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • MBA, PhD University of Michigan
  • BA Colgate University


Dr. Karen Schnatterly received her PhD from the University of Michigan.  She has been on faculty at the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri.  Her research focuses on wrongdoing and leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, and corporate governance.  Her work in wrongdoing and leadership examine what we know about how and why a CEO commits an act of wrongdoing and if some firm characteristics influence the likelihood of wrongdoing occurring.  Her work in entrepreneurship and innovation examines questions around crowdfunding, as well as bringing the two areas together to examine if the conditions that facilitate innovation in firms also facilitate fraud. 

She has published in top journals in management, including the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Management, and the Academy of Management Journal, among others.  She has served two terms as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management, and is on the Editorial Boards of the Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Management.  She has held leadership roles in several interest groups with the Strategic Management Society (Research Methods, Strategic Leadership and Governance, Corporate Strategy, Competitive Strategy) and with the Academy of Management (BPS (STR) Research Committee and Teaching Committee).  She has also organized several international conferences.  She has taught courses on ethics, corporate governance, working with government, and overall strategy.  She has conducted workshops in ethics and leadership.