Associate Professor, General Management & Strategy

  • Executive Director, Ivey Publishing
  • Ivey Alumni Association Toronto Chapter Faculty Professor in Business Leadership


Glenn Rowe served in the Canadian Navy for twenty-two years. He served as the navigator on one minor-war vessel, two destroyers, and one of the navy's tankers, HMCS Preserver. In addition, he taught navigation at the navy's School of Navigation in Halifax and served as the executive officer (second-in-command) on three minor-war vessels. During his last three years, he became command qualified and served as the commanding officer of three different minor-war vessels. In his final year, he was the divisional commander of a multi-ship division that deployed from Halifax to Bermuda and Nain, Labrador and many other areas in-between such as New York, NY. While still in the navy, he completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Memorial part-time (1983-1986) and taught on a part-time basis for two years (1986-1988) in Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration.

In 1990, Professor Rowe retired from the navy and became a full time lecturer in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial. In 1992, he moved to College Station, Texas and attended Texas A&M University to pursue his doctoral studies in Strategic Management. He studied leadership within the context of strategic management and completed his Ph. D. in May, 1996. He rejoined the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial in September 1995 where he taught strategic management and strategic leadership to undergraduates, students in the MBA programs and participants in the Executive Education Program. In addition, he taught strategic leadership at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, as an invited professor for three years from 1998 to 2000. He served as the Director of the Centre for Management Development, and as the Director of the Executive Education Program, from June 1996 to August 1999 in the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research, for the Faculty of Business Administration from February 2000 to April 2001.

Professor Rowe joined the Ivey Business School as a faculty member on July 1, 2001. He served as the faculty advisor for the PhD Program in General Management (including Strategy, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Business, Economics and Public Policy) from January 2002 to June 2009. He teaches Strategic Analysis and Action to EMBAs, a Corporate Strategy elective to MBAs and a Strategic Leadership elective to HBA2s (senior undergraduates). He taught a doctoral strategy seminar from 2003 to 2009. He was the Director of Ivey's Executive MBA Program from July 2009 to June 2012.

Professor Rowe's research is in the area of strategic leadership and Strategic Management and he has published several journal articles and made numerous presentations at annual meetings of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, Southern Management Association, Project Management Institute, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, and Atlantic Schools of Business conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several academic journals and is active in the community where he has served as the Vice-Chair and member of the Board of Directors of The International Alliance for Missions and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers' Council. Finally, he is an active consultant and has facilitated strategic thinking sessions for several organizations such as the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (Newfoundland and Labrador), the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, Fishery Products International, Gros Morne National Park, and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

Professor Rowe is currently working on several studies using data from the National Hockey League (NHL). In one study he is examining whether NHL General Managers can be a source of sustained competitive advantage. In a related study he is asking why this might be the case. This study uses interviews with thirty-three current and former NHL GMs. In another study he is examining the mediating effect of teamwork on the relationships between leader excellence (using NHL coaches), team member turnover, team-player talent and team performance.

He has two published studies using data from the NHL. The first study (Rowe, Cannella, Rankin, and Gorman, 2005) examined the impact of coach and General Manager turnover on team performance. The second study (Audas, Goddard, and Rowe, 2006), examined the causes and consequences of coach turnover in the NHL on a game-by-game basis. Copies of these papers are available from Professor Rowe.

In 2009, he completed a study (Lehmberg, Rowe, White and Phillips) on whether CEOs formerly from General Electric are expected to perform better than CEOs who are recruited from the normal CEO labour market.

Several of Professor Rowe's articles have been written for publication in the Ivey Business Journal and he is an active case writer.


  • Strategic Analysis and Action, EMBA
  • Corporate Strategy, MBA
  • Strategic Leadership, HBA2


  • BComm, Honours - Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • MBA, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • PhD, Texas A&M University

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Kunsch, D., Schnarr, K., Rowe, W.G., 2016, "Effects of the environment on illegal cartel activity", Journal of Strategy and Management, October 9(3): 344 - 360.
  • Rowe, W.G., 2014, "Some antecedents and consequences of ethical leadership: An examination using the kings of Judah", Journal of Business Ethics, September 123(4): 557 - 572.
  • Kunsch, D., Schnarr, K., Rowe, W.G., 2014, "Do the ends justify the means? A cross-disciplinary approach to illegal organizational activity", Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Summer 26(2): 18 - 38.
  • Kunsch, D., Schnarr, K., Rowe, W.G., 2014, "The relational effect of the rule of law: A comparative study of Japanese and South Korean foreign direct investment", Asian Academy of Management Journal, January 19(1): 1 - 17.
  • Riaz, S., Rowe, W.G., Beamish, P.W., 2014, "Expatriate-Deployment Levels and Subsidiary Growth: A Temporal Analysis", Journal of World Business, January 49(1): 1 - 11.
  • Lim, D.S.K., Celly, N., Morse, E.A., Rowe, W.G., 2013, "Rethinking the Effectiveness of Asset and Cost Retrenchment: The Contingency Effects of a Firm’s Rent Creation Mechanism", Strategic Management Journal, January 34(1): 42 - 61.
  • Tang, J., Rowe, W.G., 2012, "The liability of closeness: Business relatedness and foreign subsidiary performance", Journal of World Business, April 47(2): 288 - 296.
  • Rowe, W.G., O'Brien, J., Rouse, M.J., Nixon, R.D., 2012, "Navy Stories: Behavior versus Professional Control", Journal of Management Inquiry, January 21(1): 61 - 77.
  • Tang, J., Crossan, M.M., Rowe, W.G., 2011, "Dominant CEO, Deviant Strategy, and Extreme Performance: The Moderating Role of a Powerful Board", Journal of Management Studies, November 48(7): 1479 - 1503.
  • Lehmberg, D., Rowe, W.G., White, R.E., Phillips, J., 2009, "The GE Paradox: Competitive Advantage through Fungible Non-Firm-Specific Investment", Journal of Management, October 35(5): 1129 - 1153.
  • Audas, R., Goddard, J., Rowe, W.G., 2006, "Modelling Employment Durations of NHL Coaches: Turnover and Post-Succession Performance", Managerial and Decision Economics 27: 293 - 306.
  • Giambatista, R.C., Rowe, W.G., Riaz, S., 2005, "Nothing Succeeds Like Succession: A Critical Review of Leader Succession Literature Since 1994", Leadership Quarterly, December 16(6): 963 - 991.
  • Rowe, W.G., Cannella, Jr., A.A., Rankin, D., Gorman, D., 2005, "Leader Succession and Organizational Performance: Integrating the Common-sense, Ritual Scapegoating, and Vicious-circle Succession Theories", Leadership Quarterly, April 16(2): 197 - 219.
  • Rowe, W.G., Harris, C.R., Cannella, Jr., A.A., 2003, "In Search of Meaning: Does the Fortune Reputation Survey alter Performance Expectations?", Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, September 20(3): 187 - 195.
  • Kludze, H., Rowe, W.G., 2002, "The Role of Trust in Electronic Commerce: A Strategic Outlook", Revue Internationale de Gestion, Winter: 80 - 90.


  • Director, Executive MBA Program, (2009-2012)
  • Associate Professor, Ivey Business School, (2006-present)
  • PhD Coordinator, General Management Area, Ivey Business School, (2002-2009)
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (2000-2001)
  • Director, Centre for Management Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (1996-1999)
  • Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (1998-2001)
  • Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (1995-1998)
  • Lecturer, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (1990-1992)
  • Part-Time Lecturer, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (1986-1988)
  • Served as the Divisional Commander of a multi-ship division in the Canadian Navy, (1990)
  • Served as the Commanding Officer of Minor War Vessels, Canadian Navy, (1988-1990)
  • Served as the Executive Officer of Minor War Vessels, Canadian Navy, 1977-1978, (1988-1989)
  • Served as the Navigation Officer of several surface ships, Canadian Navy, (1974-1982)