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Timothy Ott

Timothy Ott

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


McColl 4612CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Timothy Ott studies strategic decision making, entrepreneurial strategy and organizational learning. His research centers on the role of cognition in strategic decision making within organizations. He is particularly interested in exploring cognition in entrepreneurial firms and nascent markets. In his study of organizations, he connects research on top management teams, entrepreneurial firms, strategic decision making and firm capabilities.

Professor Ott’s teaching interests include strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and organizational theory.

Before he began his academic career, he worked for CGI Group, Inc. as an IT consultant where he served as the interface between the customers and the developers to translate the business requirements into technology solutions.

He received his PhD in the management science and engineering department at Stanford University, where he also earned his MS. He attended the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BS in economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Business, and a BAS in computer science engineering, magna cum laude, from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He minored in psychology.