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Timothy Gubler

Assistant Professor of Strategy,
Management, Department of
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Tim Gubler joined the Marriott School of Business in 2019. His research lies at the intersection of strategy, human capital, and human resources, and investigates the role of individuals in firm performance and strategy. He focuses on micro-macro links between individuals and organizations, and consequently studies the organization at all levels, from its boundary, organizational design, and human resource policies to the productivity, motivations, mobility, and health of its employees. He has primarily focused on three settings to date: 1) Industrial laundry, 2) Residential real estate, and 3) EMS service providers (e.g., ambulances).

His work has been nominated for and received multiple awards, including the Sumantra Ghoshal Best Paper Award in 2017 from the Academy of Management and the Robert J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award in 2015 from the Academy of Management. His work has also been featured in many news outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NPR, USAToday, the Huffington Post, and Business Insider.

Tim completed his PhD in business strategy at Washington University in St. Louis, and joined the faculty at the University of California, Riverside in 2015. Prior to his PhD, Tim studied economics at Brigham Young University and worked as an electrician and manager for a family-owned electrical contracting business. When not researching or teaching, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 children, exploring the outdoors, mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, working with his hands, and playing music.


  • Business Strategy, Washington University in St Louis, 2015
  • Business Administration, Washington University in St Louis, 2013
  • Economics, Brigham Young University, 2008

Group Affiliations

  • Academy of Management — 2013
  • Strategic Management Society — 2013

Selected Publications

  • "Connected, but Qualified? Social Affiliations, Human Capital, and Service Professional Performance", Organization Science, Volume 30, Issue 5, Pages 912-936, 2019
  • "Socially Advantaged? How Social Affiliations Influence Access to Valuable Service Professional Transactions", Strategic Management Journal, Volume 40, Issue 13, Pages 2287-2314, 2019
  • "Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity", Management Science, Volume 64, Issue 11, Pages 4967-4987, 2018
  • "Motivational Spillovers from Awards: Crowding Out in a Multitasking Environment", Organization Science, Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 286-303, 2016
  • "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Retirement Planning Predicts Employee Health Improvements", Psychological Science, Volume 25, Issue 9, Pages 1822-1830, 2014
  • "Agency Problems", Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, Palgrave Macmillan, David Teece and Pie Augier, 2013
  • "Trust and the Economic Theory of the Firm", Handbook of Advances in Trust Research, Edward Elgar, Aks Zaheer and Reinhard Bachman, 2013
  • "Economic Burden", Work and Cancer Survivors, Springer, Michael Feuerstein, 2009


Academic - Post-Secondary

  • Assistant Professor of Management, University of California, Riverside, 2015–2019


  • Sumantra Ghoshal Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2017
  • MBA Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of California, Riverside, 2016
  • Robert J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2015
  • Moog Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013


  • Chinese (Mandarin)