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S. Trevis Certo

Department Chair

Jerry and Mary Anne Chapman Professor in Business


Office:BA 367E
Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO BOX 874006
Tempe, AZ 85287-4006

Phone: 480-965-6824
Fax: 480-965-8314
Email: trevis.certo@asu.edu
S. Trevis Certo

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Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000; MBA, University of Florida, 1997; B.A., Rollins College, 1995.

Research Interests
Corporate governance structures and firm performance, board of directors/top management composition and character, initial public offerings, research methodology.

Academic Positions
Arizona State University: 2008-present. Previous Appointments: Texas A&M University, Indiana University, University of Florida.

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards
W. P. Carey Business School Summer Research Grant, 2011; Dean's Performance Recognition Grant, 2007; Mays Business School Summer Research Grant, 2007; Mays Business School Research Achievement Award, 2005.

Professional Leadership
Editorial Board Member: Academy of Management Journal, 2005-present; Journal of Management, 2003-present; Business Horizons, 2003-present.

Representative Publications
Semadeni, M., Withers, M, & Certo, S. T. 2014. The Perils of Endogeneity and Instrumental Variables in Strategy Research. Strategic Management Journal, 35(7): 1070-1079.

Hillman, A. J., Shropshire, C., Certo, S. T., Dalton, D. R., & Dalton, C.M. 2011. What I like about you: Director characteristics and shareholder approval. Organization Science, 22(3): 657-687.

Connelly, B., L., Certo, S. T., Reutzel, C., & Ireland, R. D. 2011. Signaling Theory: A Review. In press. Journal of Management 37: 39-67.

Connelly, B. L., Tihanyi, L., Certo, S. T., & Hitt, M. A. 2010. Owners and rivals: The effect of institutional investors on competitive activity. Academy of Management Journal, 53: 723-742.




















ASU is a tier 1 research university and W. P. Carey is proud of its strong tradition of teaching and classroom excellence. Our students directly benefit from the research and theories our faculty brings into the classroom. Below is a list of courses being taught during the current semester by this faculty member. Click a course to view it in the ASU course catalog.

MGT 792 - Research
Independent study in which a student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts research that is expected to lead to a specific project such as a dissertation, report, or publication. Assignments might include data collection, experimental work, data analysis, or preparation of a manuscript.

MGT 799 - Dissertation
Supervised research focused on preparation of dissertation, including literature review, research, data collection and analysis, and writing.

WPC 480 - Capstone Course
Develops a general manager's or business owner's perspective on how organizations can create value. Creating long-run value by repeatedly producing goods and services that customers will buy at prices that cover the costs of producing them is the key to success for business organizations. Analyzing current and future environments to understand threats and opportunities in various institutional settings around the world is the starting point for thinking about how an organization might create value and gain sustainable competitive advantage. Evaluates the impact of institutional settings in different countries and ethical values on decision making. Students learn how to successfully manage relations with key stakeholders including customers, employees, suppliers of capital as well as other component goods and services, and stakeholders from various levels of government in different countries.

W. P. Carey School of Business

400 E. Lemon St.
Tempe, AZ 85287