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The Creativity Imperative

Falvey Library


Planned Up

ICE Center


Creativity Requires A Culture That Respects Effort And Failure
Maggitti, P.G. 2013.

Top Management Attention to Innovation: The Role of Search Selection and Intensity in New Product Introductions
Qiang, Li; Maggitti, P.G.; Smith, Ken; Tesluk, Paul; Katila, Riitta 2012.

TMT Potency and Strategic Decision-Making in High
Technology Firms

Maggitti, P.G., Clark, K.D. 2012.

Market Watch: Information and Availability Cascades Among The Media And Investors In The U.S. IPO Market
Pollock, T.G., Rindova, V., Maggitti, P.G. 2008.

The Red Queen Effect: Competitive Action and Performance
Derfus, P.J., Maggitti, P.G., Grimm, C.M., Smith, K.G. 2008

Leadership in Hypercrisis: Leading in the Face of a Shaken Culture
Maggitti, P.G., Slay, H., Clark, K.D. 2010.

Administrative and Strategic Advantages of HRIS
Kovachs, K.A., Fagan, P., Maggitti, P.G. 2002.

Top Management Team Confidence
Clark, K.D., Maggitti, P.G. 2011.

Globalization and Corporate Partnering
Doh, J., Clark, K.D., Maggitti, P.G. 2008.

Maggitti, P.G., Smith, K. G. 2005.

Looking Back: Does Acquisition Experience Make or Break Future Deals?
Maggitti, P.G. 2002.

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June 15, 2015

VSB’s Center for Church Management and Business Ethics (CCMBE) has entered into an exciting agreement with The Pontifical Lateran University (PUL) in Rome.

The CCMBE will provide online and in-person education alongside professors from the PUL to students from around the world. In addition to the presence of faculty from the Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) program in Rome, an annual, one-week summer program will be established for students from the PUL on the Villanova campus. Along with the education component the two organizations will collaborate on developing a series of biannual international research conferences on Church Management, one in Rome and one in the US.

I am grateful to the PUL for their confidence in our program, and want to thank Charles Zech, PhD, faculty director for the CCMBE and director of the MSCM program on a great success story for VSB and Villanova University.

March 16, 2015

VSB’s Center for Church Management and Business Ethics (CCMBE) has entered into an exciting new agreement with The Archdiocese of New York (ADNY.)

VSB is partnering with Cardinal Timothy Dolan to develop and train individuals in the business aspects of running church parishes. The archdiocese is aiming to enroll 50 people in the Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) program. The agreement is part of a new initiative by the ADNY called the “Making All Things New” initiative which is a strategic parish-planning program that looks to improve parishes to better serve their communities.

February 23, 2015

I am pleased to share some good news regarding recruiting efforts for our finance students. VSB has been ranked #11 among a list of the top 50 undergraduate institutions by the Wall Street Oasis (WSO) in their annual power ranking for “Investment Banking Recruiting.” This ranking examines Wall Street recruiting at undergraduate schools, across all of the bulge bracket banks and elite middle market & boutiques.

The WSO ranking looks at where each bank recruits its students. For each bank, they develop a list of the top ten schools and then convert recruiting numbers to percentages. Schools that have the highest rate of recruiting from these top banks performed the best. To be recognized among some large top business schools is certainly reason to celebrate! For the complete ranking, visit the WSO ranking page.


VSB’s #11 rank is a testament to our unrivaled Villanova community, the great work of our Career Services office and the Clay Center’s dedicated Professional Development staff, as well as the intelligence and drive of our students. VSB students are learning from top finance scholars, and employers clearly recognize this value through their hiring practices. And of course, another essential component is our amazing alumni who advocate, mentor, support and recruit our students. Thank you to everyone who played a role in helping our students stand out and excel in the ultra-competitive investment banking sector.

January 23, 2015

I want to share some great news about the recent online graduate business ranking that we received!

VSB ranked #6 overall in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report's annual “Best Online Degree Programs: Graduate Business” ranking. VSB ranked #4 in the “Student Services and Technology” category and #8 in the “Student Engagement” category.

Much of the data supplied for this non-MBA graduate program ranking was based on VSB’s Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) program, an innovative, two-year online graduate business program designed to enable church leaders to apply sound business principles to church management-related issues and decision making.

VSB’s success in this ranking validates our ability to deliver a high-quality online experience for our students, and underscores the strength of our faculty, curriculum, students and support services.


February 12, 2014

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Villanova School of Business will offer two master's degrees in an online format: the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA).

The new MBA format enables students to have the option to complete our highly-ranked part-time Villanova MBA in one of three program tracks—the Online Track, the Flex Track or the Fast Track. Students will earn the very same Villanova MBA—with the same curriculum, taught by the same faculty—in a convenient and flexible online format. Although the program is delivered online, students still benefit from the important aspects of a campus-based program, including invitations to campus events, opportunities to develop strong relationships with faculty and peers, assistance from a responsive support staff and access to a strong, active alumni network. 

The MSA program is VSB's newest graduate business offering. It teaches students critical analytics skills and transforms them into business analysts prepared to assist organizations in developing and sustaining a unique competitive advantage in this unique, 33-credit hour online program, which can completed in as few as 20 months. 

With these two new master's degrees, VSB continues to sustain our reputation as a top-ranked business school that offers innovative and cutting-edge educational opportunities. 

October 29, 2013

I am thrilled to share my deepest appreciation to James ’81 VSB and Kim Davis for their generous $50 million commitment to the Villanova School of Business (VSB), marking the largest-ever gift to Villanova University! The Davis' gift—along with three other leadership gifts to VSB—is part of the University's campaign, "For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change."

The historic $50 million gift will enable us to further enhance our position as a top, nationally-ranked business school. It will provide support for numerous ongoing VSB initiatives; support the development of unique internship and CoOp opportunities; provide additional funding for study abroad experiences; and support the development of new mentorship, service learning and professional development programs. VSB will also be able to promote curricular innovation and provide additional support for faculty. In addition, the Davis' gift will provide the necessary resources to make improvements to and maintain VSB's facilities.

Three additional commitments—of $5 million each—have been made by Daniel M. DiLella '73 VSB, James V. O'Donnell '63 VSB and Robert F. Moran '72 VSB. DiLella's gift is a continuation of one made previously, which established the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate. O'Donnell's $5 million gift will establish the Charlotte and James V. O'Donnell '63 Center for Professional Development, which will enhance academic advising, provide students more opportunities to interact with business professionals and offer increased access to internships and CoOps. Moran's gift will establish the Robert Moran Sr. and Elenore Moran Center for Global Leadership and enable the center to create more global opportunities for students, provide additional funding for such opportunities and enhance its programmatic offerings.

Thanks for to all of you for bringing us to this point in our evolution! None of this would happen without your support!


September 13, 2013

With every new academic year comes exciting news, and this year began with a unique and inspiring student story.  I want to recognize and congratulate senior Charlie Dolan ’14 VSB on being featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer for co-founding the high-tech waste management company, Sequoia Waste Management. Charlie’s accomplishments are a testament to his ambition and time management skills, as he has been co-running the company while also pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems. As is the case with all of our students, we are proud of Charlie’s hard work. We look forward to seeing continued success among our students, both in the classroom and in professional pursuits.


July 11, 2013

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant summer. I have good news from the Villanova School of Business to share with you.

As part of the annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking – in which VSB placed #15 in the nation – Bloomberg Businessweek just released its list of “Best Undergraduate Business Schools by Specialty 2013.” These rankings are based on the responses to an online survey completed by undergraduate business students from the graduating class of 2013. VSB earned placement in a number of categories, including a #3 ranking for internships.

Highlights of VSB’s performance in the specialty rankings include:

  • #3 in Internships
  • #10 in Macroeconomics
  • #11 in International Business
  • #12 in Finance
  • #15 in Microeconomics

One-hundred-twenty-three undergraduate business schools were ranked in 14 specialty areas. VSB placed in the top 15 in five of these areas. Over 94% of VSB’s 2013 graduating students who completed the survey reported having participated in at least one internship or CoOp experience, which led to the top three ranking placement in this category. Our high internship ranking is especially noteworthy, since we do not require our students to participate in an internship as part of the curriculum.

The specialty rankings that VSB received make me very proud of the VSB community whose hard work has made these placements possible. It further demonstrates how extremely motivated and talented our VSB students are, and how impressive and hard-working our faculty and staff are as well.


June 3, 2013

I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to Mary T. Kelly, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, who won the 2013 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award is presented to a Villanova University faculty member who excels in undergraduate teaching, and is conferred at Commencement.

Dr. Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Villanova with a BS in Economics in 1983. She went on to receive her MBA from Drexel and PhD from the University of Delaware. Dr. Kelly held management positions at Verizon for 14 years and returned to VSB as an adjunct in the mid-1990s. She joined us full-time in 2004, teaching various Economics courses and conducting research in the cable and telecommunications industry. Dr. Kelly is beloved by her students, evidenced by her winning a junior faculty award in 2008 and placing as a finalist for the Lindback Award in 2006, 2008 and 2011, among other honors.   

Dr. Kelly joins a distinguished list of VSB faculty members who previously have been recognized with the Lindback Award, including Gerard Olson (2012), Elaine Webster (1994), Daniel O’Mara (1993), Robert Nydick (1992), James Giordano (1991), Burke Ward (1989), Michael Varano (1988), James Emig (1988), Thomas Monahan (1983), Nicholas Rongione (1980), Charles Zech (1978), Robert Derstine (1977), Edward Mathis (1977), Gerald Dougherty (1973), Alvin Clay (1970) and William O’Neill (1966).


May 1, 2013

At VSB, we are proud to be developing business leaders for a better world™. Our world-class faculty members are essential factors to making our mission possible. The talent of the VSB faculty is remarkable, but perhaps more significant is the impact they make on the students. Our faculty are renowned scholars and experts in their fields, and they are also dedicated to enhancing the overall learning experience for our students. Going above teaching their students and preparing them for their future careers, our faculty are deeply involved in providing hands-on practice, professional challenges, and unique opportunities for service-learning.  

I am proud to introduce our newest faculty members, and warmly welcome them into our exceptional community. The addition of these four impressive men and women demonstrates the high-quality of our educators. We are pleased to have them at VSB and look forward to the experience and knowledge they will share with our students. Please click here to get to know them.

Please click here to see the new faculty brochure.


April 9, 2013

Dear VSB Community,

I am thrilled that on April 25, CNBC will be filming live at Villanova! The Villanova School of Business will be featured in an episode of the highly-acclaimed television show Mad Money, as part of their Back to School Tour series.

We want to show host Jim Cramer and his crew, as well as their nation-wide audience, what a vibrant and spirited community we have at VSB and across the University. We encourage everyone to come to the live taping, show your enthusiasm and enjoy this unique and exciting opportunity!

Taping of Mad Money will take place in the Pavilion, with timing and ticketing information available here.

I am tremendously proud that VSB was chosen to host this outstanding event.  I look forward to seeing you on Mad Money.


March 12, 2013

I would like to share some great news with you about our recent graduates.

The Villanova University Career Center recently released the Class of 2012 Placement Report. The report reflects post-graduation plans at the time of graduation, three and six months after graduation.

VSB students fared particularly well. Ninety percent of business students secured full-time employment, while nine percent are pursuing full-time/part-time graduate school. The average starting salary was $54,628. Seventy-five percent of our students completed one internship/CoOp prior to graduation, and nearly 40% completed more than one internship/CoOp. You can link to the full report here.

We continue to see excellent career placement results, and we are extremely proud of these astounding figures.


February 18, 2013

Greetings from VSB! I want to share with you one recent example of the national recognition we continue to receive.

The media continues to rely on VSB’s distinguished faculty for their expertise on a variety of business topics. Professor Charles R. Taylor, PhD, the John A. Murphy Professor of Marketing—nationally-known expert on Super Bowl advertising and marketing—takes numerous interviews before, during and after the Super Bowl every year and is quoted heavily in many different media outlets. This year was no exception. Dr. Taylor was not only featured in Forbes, Reuters and The Huffington Post, but he also appeared live on CNBC and on Wall Street Journal Radio’s “The Daily Wrap.”

I invite you to review Dr. Taylor’s Super Bowl coverage:

CNBC Worldwide Exchange;  Wall Street Journal Radio "The Daily Wrap”;;;  Reuters;  The Huffington Post; Newsday

VSB continues to receive exceptional national coverage, thanks to Dr. Taylor and our entire faculty. For a complete listing of all the VSB media hits, please visit our In the Media page.


July 2012 Dean's Welcome

As a proud member of our Villanova community, I am honored to serve as The Helen and William O’Toole Dean at the Villanova School of Business. I look forward to playing a more active role in the success of VSB and the University as we continue our forward momentum and work together to advance our mission to even greater heights.

I would like to acknowledge and thank my most recent predecessors, James M. Danko, now president of Butler University, and Kevin D. Clark, PhD, who served as interim dean. Their collective efforts led to innovative curricular changes at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as achieving the #13 rank among undergraduate business schools in the nation.

The VSB community is our greatest strength. I know you—our students, alumni, and friends—share with me a continued desire to find new ways of increasing our impact through the Augustinian principles of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas. As I take my new role, I hope to partner with you to bring shape to our exciting future.

Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD
The Helen and William O'Toole Dean
Villanova Business School

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The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business

Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, is The Helen and William O’Toole Dean at the Villanova School of Business (VSB).

Dr. Maggitti is also associate professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and the former Carmen and Sharon Danella Director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) at VSB. Prior to joining VSB's faculty in 2008, Dr. Maggitti was a faculty member at both Temple and Saint Joseph’s Universities.

Dr. Maggitti is a widely recognized scholar in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategic management. He has authored numerous publications in top management journals including The Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, and Academy of Management Executive. His paper, “Information and availability cascades among the media and investors in the U.S. IPO market” was recognized among the best papers for thought leadership in the field of entrepreneurship in 2008.

Dr. Maggitti’s research interests focus on dynamic processes, including strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, decision-making, search behavior, and market- and non-market-based competition.

In 2011, he received the "Villanova University Outstanding Teaching Award" for faculty with fewer than seven years of service and in 2004 was the recipient of the "Allen J. Krowe Award for Excellence in Teaching" from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Prior to academia, Dr. Maggitti spent nearly 15 years in the steel and mining industries, where he founded two successful companies and held a variety of roles, including chief executive officer, director of national sales, and board member. He has also consulted with a variety of international organizations—including several Fortune 500 companies—on many facets of strategy and entrepreneurial thinking.

Dr. Maggitti received a BS in Chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University, an MBA with high honors from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sara, and their two sons.

The Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) provides advice and guidance to the dean of the Villanova School of Business on important strategic initiatives under consideration at the school.

Josef (Joe) Allen, ’89 VSB
General Manager, US Global Operations Center

Dax Basdeo, PhD
Chief Officer
Cayman Islands Government

Richard (Rick) Betz ’84 VSB
Executive Vice President & COO
Resolute Energy Corporation

James (Jim) R. Boyle ’14 PA
Chairman and CEO

Robert (Bob) B. Burke ’83 VSB
Chief Executive Officer
Par-Four Investment Management, LLC

Kevin M. Curley ’80 VSB, ’09 PA
President and CEO
Curley Financial Group, LLC

James (Jim) DeBlasio ’77 VSB
Executive Vice President
York Telecom Corporation

Joseph (Joe) V. Del Raso, Esq. ’74 VSB, ’83 VLS
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Peter P. DiLullo ’72 VSB

Joseph (Joe) J. Fico ’13 PA
CEO & President
USI Insurance Services LLC

Mark Ford ’11, ’15 PA
Executive Vice President & President, Sports Group

Time Inc.

Christopher Gheysens ’93 VSB - Chair
President & CEO
Wawa, Inc.

Lisa M. Gray ’86 VSB
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Phoenix IP Ventures

Christine James ’91 VSB
Managing Director, Institutional Client Services

Wells Capital Management

William (Bill) M. Kelly ’72 VSB
Chief Executive Officer 
Blue Tee Corporation

Peter Knobloch ’75 VSB
Retired Chief Investment Officer

Jeffrey (Jeff) Lagarce ’12 PA
Global Head of DC and Institutional
Fidelity Investments Ltd.

Joseph (Joe) Lamastra ’83 VSB, ’12 ’15 PA
Chairman & CEO
Sandbridge Capital

Gerard S. LaRocca ’14 PA
Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer
Barclays Capital

John G. Maxwell ’82 VSB
Chairman of the
Global Board of Partners

John McCarthy ’15 PA
President & COO
McCarthy Tire & Automotive Centers

Bill R. McDermott
Chief Executive Officer

Michael (Mike) McLaughlin ’88 VSB
US Country Head
Macquarie Group Limited

Robert (Bob) A. McMahon ’79 VSB
President, US Markets

Merck & Co., Inc.

Robert (Rob) J. McNeill Jr. ’88 VSB
Managing Partner, Greater Philadelphia
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jeffrey (Jeff) Miller ’79 VSB
President, Studio Operations
The Walt Disney Studios

Robert Mulhall ’80 VSB ’07 PA - VUAA Liaison
Partner, Assurance
Ernst Young LLP

Francis (Frank) I. Perier Jr. ’81 VSB
Retired EVP Finance and CFO
Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Michael (Mike) Petrane ’93 VSB
Partner, Assurance Services
Ernst Young LLP

John F. Phinney ’17 PA
Co-Managing Partner
Convergence, LLC

Paul D. Ridder ’00 VSB
Tasty Baking Company

Kenneth (Ken) M. Roessler ’84 VSB
President and Chief Executive Officer
BWAY Corporation

Chrisopher (Chris) G. Ryan ’83 COE
Former Global Business Leader for Industrial Filtration Products
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Michael A. Scully ’70 VSB
Scully Company

William (Bill) M. Shockley ’83 VSB, ’14 ’16 PA
Tinicum Capital Partners

Celestine (Tina) Simmons, ’89 VSB
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Central Division
Comcast Corporation

Stephen (Steve) Spaeder ’88 VSB
SVP, Acquisitions and Development
Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Christopher (Chris) J. Swift ’17 PA
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Michael (Mike) J. Thomson ’80 VSB
President and COO
SunCoke Energy, Inc.

Charles Trunz ’17 PA
Former Vice Chairman, Senior Banker, & Deputy Head of US Corporate Banking MUFG
The Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

William (Bill) Tucker ’81 VSB, ’15 PA
Executive Vice President, Media Relations

Susan Wolford ’77 CLAS
Managing Director, Group Head of the Business Services and Media Group
BMO Capital Markets Corp.