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W. Glenn Rowe

Adjunct Professor, Professor Emeritus, General Management & Strategy

W. Glenn Rowe

Contact Information


  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Unit Strategy
  • Strategic Leadership

Research Publications

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W. Glenn Rowe is an emeritus and adjunct professor at the Ivey Business School. He served in the Canadian Navy for 22 years. In his final three years he served as the Commanding Officer of Minor War Ships that were used to train junior officers in ship-handling, navigation and seamanship. In 1990, he retired and became a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Business Administration (FBA) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1992, he began studying leadership within the context of strategic management at Texas A&M University, where he completed his PhD in 1996. He rejoined Memorial’s FBA in September 1995, where he taught strategic management and strategic leadership. He was an invited professor at Royal Roads University from 1998 to 2000. Glenn joined Ivey on July 1, 2001. He served as the faculty coordinator for the PhD program in general management (including strategy) from January 2002 to July 2009. From July 2009 to June 2012, he served as the Director of Ivey's Executive MBA Program. He currently serves as the General Management Area Group’s Coordinator. In January 2016, he was appointed as the Executive Director, Ivey Publishing where he oversees Ivey’s Case Publishing house and the Ivey Business Journal.

He has taught strategy and strategic leadership to undergraduate business students, MScs, MBAs and EMBAs. He taught a strategy doctoral seminar from 2003 to 2009. He currently teaches Business Unit Strategy and Corporate Level Strategy in Ivey’s MBA Program. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals and is active in the community. He has facilitated strategic-thinking sessions for several organizations including a couple of banks, a fish farming company, and Fishery Products International. He is the lead coauthor of the Cases in Leadership (4th Edition) case/textbook and a coauthor of the Strategic Analysis and Action (9th Edition) textbook. His research is published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Management Inquiry. He has written/co-authored 54 cases and is currently supervising the completion of several more. He teaches 80 case classes per year in Ivey’s MBA program. He has facilitated Case Teaching Workshops in the United States, Canada and Lebanon, and Case Writing Workshops in Canada, Qatar, and Mexico. His executive education teaching includes having taught on programs for provincial and federal government departments and for publicly funded organizations.


  • Business Unit Strategy, MBA core course
  • Corporate Strategy, MBA elective

Programs Taught

  • MBA
  • Executive Education


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

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Rowe, W. G.; O'Brien, J.; Nason, K. A., 2021, "Running Aground: Reflections on Belief, Organizational Culture, Strategy, and Performance", Journal of Management Inquiry, July 30(3): 347 - 353.
  • Seifzadeh, P.; Rowe, W. G.; Moghaddam, K., 2021, "Governance of subsidiaries: The interactive effect of corporate diversification strategy and headquarters' capacity to process information on corporate control mechanisms", Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, June 38(2): 119 - 134.
  • Farah, B.; Elias, R.; De Clercy, C.; Rowe, W. G., 2020, "Leadership Succession in Different Types of Organizations: What Business and Political Successions May Learn From Each Other", The Leadership Quarterly, February 31(1)
  • Seifzadeh, P.; Rowe, W. G., 2019, "The role of corporate controls and business-level strategy in business unit performance", Journal of Strategy and Management, August 12(3): 364 - 381.
  • Tang, J.; Crossan, M. M.; Rowe, W. G., 2019, "Dominant Leaders: Heroes or Villains?", Organizational Dynamics, March 48(1): 1 - 7.
  • Sidani, Y. M.; Rowe, W. G., 2018, "A Reconceptualization of Authentic Leadership: Leader Legitimation via Follower-Centered Assessment of the Moral Dimension", The Leadership Quarterly, December 29(6): 623 - 636.
  • 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, August 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, June 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., 2012, "Dominant CEO, deviant strategy, and extreme performance: The moderating role of a powerful board", Strategic Direction, March 28(4): 245 - 247.
  • 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.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Work in Progress

  • Rowe, W. G., O’Brien, J. & Nason, K. A. (2017). Standing into Danger: The Transfer of a Strong Organizational Culture from One Business Unit to Another within a Relatedly Diversified Multi-Business Enterprise, submitted to the Strategic Organization journal.
  • Tang, J. Y., Crossan, M. M. & Rowe, W. G. (2017). Dominant Leaders: Heroes or Villains? Re-submitted to Organizational Dynamics.
  • Sidani, Y. & Rowe, W. G. (2017). Legitimacy in Authentic Leadership: A Follower-Centered Assessment of the Moral Dimension, Re-submitted to The Leadership Quarterly.

Honours & Awards

  • Ivey Alumni Association Toronto Chapter Faculty Professor in Business Leadership (2016-present)
  • Dean’s Research Merit Award, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2012/13
  • The Dean Carol Stephenson EMBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008
  • University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence, 2006-2007
  • First Runner-Up, Case Track, ASAC 2003
  • Inaugural Holder of the Paul MacPherson Chair in Strategic Leadership, 2002-2016
  • Best Paper Awards: AOM (Health Care Management, 2012); ASAC, International Business, 2009; Strategy, 2002; Management Education, 1998, 1992
  • Honourable Mention Award, Strategy Division, ASAC 1996
  • Dean’s Service Award, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University, 1999
  • Beta Gamma Sigma membership
  • Graduate Student Assistantship, Texas A&M University, 1992-1995
  • MBA Award for Excellence, Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize, Concordia MBA Case Competition, 1986
  • Destroyer Navigating Officers Achievement, 1975


  • Executive Director, Ivey Publishing, (2016 – present)
  • Coordinator, General Management (2013-present)
  • 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)

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