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Connelly's research explores how corporate governance structures, such as shareholders and boards, affect competition and strategic outcomes. Some of the key theoretical mechanisms that underlie his work include signaling theory, social network theory, and tournament theory.
Connelly is Editor of the Journal of Management and former Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal. He has also published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Organization, and the Journal of Management Studies. His work is often cited in media outlets, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. In recent years, he has won awards for research, teaching, and service.
Connelly teaches strategic management to undergraduate and graduate students and is also involved in teaching and mentoring in the doctoral program. He has two decades of experience in engineering and international business with companies such as Westinghouse and Hughes. During this time, he has lived and worked in England, Asia, and throughout the United States.