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Melissa Graebner

Melissa Graebner
CBA 3.232 (512) 471-7057
CBA 4.202 (512) 471-3676

Associate Professor



Melissa Graebner is an associate professor in the Department of Management. She holds both MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. Her research interests include corporate governance, entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions and strategic decision making.


James D. Westphal and Melissa E. Graebner. The Separation of Substance and Symbolism in Board Independence from Management: How Corporate Leaders Manage the Impressions of Financial Analysts about the Conduct of their Boards. Academy of Management Journal, forthcoming.
Melissa E. Graebner, Koen H. Heimeriks, Quy Nguyen Hui, and Eero Vaara. 2017. The Process of Postmerger Integration: A Review and Agenda for Future Research. Academy of Management Annals 11(1), 1-32.
Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Melissa E. Graebner, and Scott Sonenshein. 2016. Grand Challenges and Inductive Methods: Rigor Without Rigor Mortis. Academy of Management Journal 59(4), 1113-1123.
Melissa E. Graebner, Jeffrey A. Martin, and Philip T. Roundy. 2012. Qualitative Data: Cooking Without a Recipe. Strategic Organization 10(3), 276-284.
James Westphal and Melissa E. Graebner. 2010. A Matter of Appearances: How Corporate Leaders Manage the Impressions of Financial Analysts About the Conduct of Their Boards. Academy of Management Journal 53(1), 15-44.
Melissa E. Graebner, Kathleen Eisenhardt, and Philip Roundy. 2010. Success and Failure in Technology Acquisitions: Lessons for Buyers and Sellers. Academy of Management Perspectives 24(3), 73-92.
Melissa E. Graebner. 2009. Caveat Venditor: Trust Asymmetries in Acquisitions of Entrepreneurial Firms. Academy of Management Journal 52, 435-472.
Michael L. McDonald, James D. Westphal, and Melissa E. Graebner. 2008. What do they know? The effects of outside director acquisition experience on firm acquisition performance. Strategic Management Journal 29, 1155-1177.
Kathleen M. Eisenhardt and Melissa E. Graebner. 2007. Theory Building from Cases: Opportunities and Challenges. Academy of Management Journal 50, 25-32.
Melissa E. Graebner. 2004. Momentum and Serendipity: How Acquired Leaders Create Value in The Integration of Technology Firms. Strategic Management Journal 25, 751-77.
Melissa E. Graebner and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. 2004. The Seller's Side of the Story: Acquisition as Courtship and Governance as Syndicate in Entrepreneurial Firms. Administrative Science Quarterly 49, 366-403.

Professional Awards

“Very Interesting Paper” Award, Organization Science Winter Conference2005
Finalist, Louis Pondy Award for Best Paper from a Dissertation, Academy of Management, Org. and Mgmt. Theory Division2003

Teaching Awards

Department Nominee for Trammell / CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors, 2005, 2006, 2007
McCombs MBA Faculty Honor Roll, Fall 2003