Susan Hanlon, D.B.A.

Susan Hanlon, D.B.A.

Title: Assistant Dean, Associate Professor
Department: Department of Management
Office: CBA 260
Phone: (330) 972-7042


  • August, 1989 University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
    Degree: Doctor of Business Administration
  • May, 1983 Kent State University, Kent, OH
    Degree: Master of Business Administration
  • May, 1977 Grove City College, Grove City, PA
    Degree: Bachelor of Arts


Professional & Academic Experience:

Academic Experience

    • The University of Akron, Akron, OH (October 2009 - Present)
      Title: Acting Assistant Dean
      College of Business Administration

    • The University of Akron, Akron, OH (1990 - Present)
      Title: Associate Professor
      Department of Management
      College of Business Administration

  • Case Western Reserve University (January - August 2001)
    Weatherhead School of Management
    Cleveland, OH
    Title: Research Scholar
  • The University of Akron, Akron, OH (1998 - 1999)
    Title: Interim Director,
    Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
    College of Business Administration
  • The University of Akron, Akron, OH (1997 - 2006)
    Title: Director, Center for Family Business
    Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
    College of Business Administration
  • Memphis State University, Memphis, TN (1986 - 1989)
    Title: Teaching Assistant/ Research Assistant/Part-time Instructor
  • Dyke College, Cleveland, OH (1983 - 1985)
    Title: Management Instructor/Acting Director, Business Administration Division

    Courses Taught

    • Management: Principles and Concepts (Honors)
    • Human Resource Staffing and Selection
    • Management and Organizational Behavior (Graduate)
    • Management of Organization Transformation (Graduate)
    • Career Orientation
    • Data Analysis for Managers (Graduate)
    • Human Resource Systems for Managers (Graduate)

        Teaching Interests:

        • Management Principles
        • Selection and Staffing
        • Organization Transformation

        Research Interests:

        • Psychological capital
        • Management development
        • Non-traditional rewards
        • Collaborative processes

        Community Outreach

        • Goodwill Industries Board of Directors 2010-2011

      Research Accomplishments

      Recent Publications:


      • Figler, R. and Hanlon, S.C. (in press). Management development and the unconscious from an analytical psychology framework. Journal of Management Development, (27).
      • Poza, E.J., Hanlon, S.C., & Kishida, R. 2004. Does the family business interaction Factor represent a resource or a cost?. Family Business Review, 17 (2): 99-118.
      • Hanlon , S.C., and Figler, R. (2002). An unlikely topic in an unlikely setting: Poetry in the MBA classroom. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 3, 67-74.
      • Dilts, J. C., and Hanlon, S.C. (2002). Impact of entrepreneurial orientation and Environmental management on firm performance: A contingency framework. Marketing Management Journal, 12, 32-48.
      • Lado, A.A., Boyd, N.G., & Hanlon ,S.C. (1997). Competition, cooperation, and the search for economic rents: A syncretic model. Academy of Management Review, 22 (1), 110-141

      INVITED ARTICLES (non-refereed)

      • Hanlon, S.C. (2000). Board doesn’t fit?: Try an alternative on for size. Inside Business, August, 62-63.


      • Hanlon, S.C. (2002). Invited speaker. Family business compensation practices and attitudes. Presented in The Next Generation program, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (May).
      • Hanlon, S.C. (1999) Invited member of panel on innovative family business programming, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, San Diego, CA.
      • Hanlon, S.C. and Klimczak, T. (1998). Compensation in family-owned businesses, presented at a workshop sponsored by The University of Akron Center for Family Business.
      • Hanlon, S.C. (1998). Realigning work, rewards, and organization design for the 21st century: Practice and concepts, presented at the AIESEC Management in the 21st Century Conference at the Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.



      • 2008 Dean’s Service Excellence Award
      • 2003 Winner of CBA Chili Cook-Off
      • 1992 Academy of Management Personnel Human Resources Division Outstanding Paper Award recipient for paper presented at the 1992 Academy of Management Meeting.
      • 1991 George and Sara McCune Best Paper Award recipient for article published in Group and Organization Studies in 1991.
      • Delta Sigma Phi Honorary Faculty Initiate, 1991. Theta Kappa Chapter, The University of Akron.
      • Phi Kappa Phi, member, 1988.
      • Beta Gamma Sigma, member, 1987.