Kalin  Kolev
Kalin KolevMarquette University

Straz Hall, 226

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3365
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Kalin Kolev joined the management department at Marquette University in 2014. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from Michigan State University, his MBA from The University of Tulsa, and his Bachelor’s degree from The University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. Kolev’s research focuses on strategic decision making and risk taking under uncertainty. In particular, he examines the antecedents and consequences of major restructuring activities, such as mergers and acquisitions, diversification, and divestitures. Furthermore, Dr. Kolev studies how the complex relationships between firm executives and boards of directors shape executive compensation, the risk profile of the firm, and organizational performance. Kalin’s research has been published in a number of top-tier journals and book chapters, including Strategic Management JournalJournal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, and Strategic Organization.


  • PhD – Strategic Management, Michigan State University, 2012.
  • MBA – University of Tulsa, 2006.
  • B.A. – International Business, University of National and World Economy Sofia, Bulgaria, 2003.

Research Interests

Strategic decision making
Risk taking under uncertainty
Mergers and acquisitions
CEO compensation
Boards of directors and corporate governance

Selected Publications

Kolev, K., Wiseman, R. M., & Gomez-Mejia, L. R. 2014. Do CEOs ever lose? Fairness perspective on the allocation of residuals between CEOs and shareholders. Journal of Management in press.

Haleblian, J., McNamara, G., Kolev, K., & Dykes, B. J. 2012. Exploring firm characteristics that differentiate leaders from followers in industry merger waves: A competitive dynamics perspective. Strategic Management Journal 33: 1037-1052.

Kolev, K., Haleblian, J., & McNamara, G. 2012. A review of the merger and acquisition wave literature: History, antecedents, consequences, and future directions. In D. Faulkner, S. Teerikangas, & R. Joseph (Eds.), Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.