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Dave Ketchen

Dave  Ketchen

Harbert Eminent Scholar

position: Professor
dept: Department of Management
phone: (334) 844-0454
office: 418 Lowder Business Building

At Auburn since 2006


  • PhD, Penn State University, 1994
  • BS, Penn State University, 1988

Professional Activities

David J. Ketchen, Jr. (Dave) serves as Harbert Eminent Scholar and Professor of Management at Auburn University. Within the Harbert College of Business, he has taught courses on strategic management, franchising, research design, and organization theory. Dave is part of the multidisciplinary teaching team that offers a Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science & Operations.

Dave has authored six books and more than 160 journal articles on effectively managing organizations. According to Scholar Google, his work has been cited more than 26,000 times by colleagues. His 2018 textbook Mastering Strategic Management provides a low cost alternative to traditional textbooks and it is used in business programs at dozens of universities.

Dave is the former chair of the board for Alabama Launchpad (a statewide competition for startup businesses) and he helped Michelin Development distribute $2 million in job creation loans in Alabama. Dave serves on the teaching team for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at Florida State University and he has acted as an expert witness. He was the lead consultant on a six Ph.D. team that helped a Fortune 100 company create a winning bid for an $11.2 billion contract.

Dave was the 2012 recipient of the Smeal Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business.

His Google Scholar page lists his research articles.


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