Derek teaches courses in strategy and business, including the Business Gateway course (MGMT 197) and the Capstone Practicum (MGMT 497). His courses focus on big picture decision-making and assignments that are relevant to the way managers work in the real world. His research focuses on innovation and strategy, especially firm boundaries and patenting. He hails from a farm in Canada but now lives near downtown Chicago with his wife and two kids.

PhD, Management, Purdue University
MBA, Technology, University of Alberta
BS, Biochemistry, Mcmaster University
Research Interests 

?Innovation and how firms create value
?Strategic management, especially firm boundaries including mergers and acquisitions
?Technology commercialization, and how we move from idea to profit

Selected Publications 

Sharp, Barton; Ruth, Derek; Iyer, Dinesh."Handbook of Strategic Renewal: Core Concepts, Antecedents and Micro-Foundations (Routledge)". , 2018

Ruth, Derek; Brush, Thomas; Ryu, Wonsang. "The use of information technology in the provision of HR compensation services and its effect on outsourcing and centralization." Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2015

Ruth, Derek; Wolff, James. "On the Variability and Risk of Evaluating the Commercial Potential of Technologies: An Entrepreneurship Course Evaluating Real Inventions for Commercial Potential." Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 2015

Ruth, Derek. "How Firm Characteristics Affect the Speed of Patenting." Academy of Strategic Management Journal, 2014

Sharp, Barton; Iyer, Dinesh; Ruth, Derek. "Patent-Based Measures in Strategic Management Research: A Review, Demonstration, and Assessment.." Midwest Academy of Management, 2014

Ruth, Derek; Iyer, Dinesh; Sharp, Barton. "Motivation and Ability in the Decision to Acquire." Journal of Business Research, 2013

Selected Presentations 
The Impact of Corporate Governance on Innovation in High-Patenting Firms, Midwest Academy of Management, 2017
Adaptation, Disruption, And Engagement: Lessons From Faculty, Caritas Veritas Symposium, 2017
Understanding the Internationalization of Hispanic-Owned Businesses in Illinois, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Event, 2017
Students Need To Know You Care Before They Care About What You Know, Caritas Veritas Symposium, 2016


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