Suzanne  Tilleman

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Personal Summary

A native to Montana, Suzanne joined the College of Business in 2010 after earning her PhD from the University of Oregon. Suzanne earned a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Suzanne spent seven years working in industry and another four years teaching at Montana State University – Northern in her hometown of Havre. Her industry experience includes working for some of the largest players in the natural resources arena: General Electric, Exxon, and Monsanto. Additionally, she played an instrumental role in the creation of the Montana Cooperative Development Center, a state-wide resource for cooperatives.

Suzanne’s research interests and focus include organizational theory, regional business clusters, industrial symbiosis, sustainable entrepreneurship, and panel data methods. In 2015, Suzanne co-authored an article in the peer-reviewed management journal, Long Range Planning, entitled Creating Economic and Environmental Value Through Industrial Symbiosis. In 2016, this work received the Research Impact Award from the Organizations and Environment Division of the Academy of Management. She and her co-authors also received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 GRONEN (Group of Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment) Research Conference. Her most recent publication, Institutional Logics and Technology Development: Evidence from the Wind and Solar Energy Industries, examines differences in creation of alternative energy manufacturing supply chains given economic, regulatory, cultural, and technical resouces in Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

When not teaching or conducting research, Suzanne enjoys learning, laughing and playing outdoors with her family.


2009 - University of Oregon                        Ph.D., Strategy and Entrepreneurship

1999 - Tulane University                              MBA

1994 - Georgia Institute of Technology    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Courses Taught

BMGT 486       Strategic Venture Management                       

MGMT 446      Strategic Management            

BMGT 410       Sustainable Business Practices                       

MBA 655          Advanced Entrepreneurship Seminar I           

MBA 694          Advanced Entrepreneurship Seminar II          

BMGT 665       Strategic Management Seminar           

Selected Publications

Tilleman, S., Russo, M.V., & Nelson, A.J. (2020) Institutional Logics and Technology Development: Evicdence from the Wind and Solar Energy Industries. Organization Science. Vol. 31(3), p. 649-670.

Nair, L.B. Diochon, P.F., Lassu, R. & Tilleman, S.G. (2018) Let’s Perform and Paint! The Role of Creative Mediums in Enhancing Management Research Representation. Journal of Management Inquiry. Vol. 27(3), p. 301-308.

Paquin, R.L., Busch, T., & Tilleman, S. (2015) Creating Economic and Environmental Value Through Industrial Symbiosis. Long Range Planning. Vol. 48(2), p. 95-107.

Paquin, R.L., Tilleman, S.G., & Howard-Grenville, J. (2014) Is there Cash in that Trash? Factors Influencing Industrial Symbiosis Exchange Initiation and Completion. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol. 18(2), p. 268-279.

Husted, B.W., Russo, M.V., Basurto Meza, C.E., & Tilleman, S.G. (2014) An Exploratory Study of Environmental Attitudes and the Willingness to Pay for Environmental Certification in Mexico. Journal of Business Research. Vol. 67(5), p. 891-899.

Aten, K. Irwin, J. & Tilleman, S.G. (2012) Inter-Industry Ideological Groups and the Emergence of Innovative Sustainable Business Practices. Journal of Ethics & Entrepreneurship. Vol. 2(1), p. 55-72.

Tilleman, S.G. (2012) Is Employee Organizational Commitment Related to a Firm’s Environmental Sustainability Efforts? Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Vol. 25(4), p. 283-306

Holloway, S.S., Tilleman, S.G., Macy, R., Parkman, I.D., & Krause, A.J. (2008) Active Learning in Entrepreneurship: Applying the Jigsaw method to Entrepreneurship Instruction. USASBE Conference Proceedings, San Antonio, Texas.

Starbuck, W.H., & Tilleman, S.G. (Eds.) (2008) Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management.  Volume III: Learning by Populations of Organization. Edward Elgar Publishing: UK