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Tom Brush

Tom Brush

Professor of Management
Strategic Management


Ph.D., Economics and Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1990
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan, 1986
B.A., Economics cum laude, Harvard University, 1979


Thomas H. Brush ( is a Professor of Management in the Strategic Management Area at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University.   He is currently the Strategic Management Area Head.  He received his Ph.d in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Michigan where his doctoral dissertation received the 1991 Free Press Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Business Policy and Strategy.  Before coming to Purdue University, Dr. Brush spent two years on the faculty at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and he spent a sabbatical year in 2001 as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Watson Research Center of the IBM Corporation.

His research focuses on corporate strategy and manufacturing strategy topics such as acquisitions, diversification, manufacturing capability exploitation within companies, supplier relationships and alliances.  Connections between these streams include the disintermediation of existing business models with IT initiatives and the rise of new outsourcing opportunities in both primary activities and business processes.  Some specific applications include HR outsourcing, knowledge management in outsourcing, e-commerce marketplaces, and the effect of customer capabilities on performance in online banking.  His current research is on the performance of suppliers who are participating in closer digital integration with their primary customers.   

He has published in Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Managerial and Decision Economics and Explorations in Economic History.

He is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.  He has done consulting and teaching for such firms as IBM, Dow Corning, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Navistar International, the American Animal Hospital Association and American Axle Manufacturing. .

He enjoys sailing, tennis, and gardening.

Journal Articles

  • Bahl, M., Kriauciunas, A. and T.H. Brush (2020). "How do Ownership Type and Knowledge Transfer Influence Success of Change? A Study of Transition Economy Firms." Global Strategy Journal vol. 10 (4), 861-884. | Related Website | Download |
  • Ryu, W., Reuer, J., and T.H. Brush (2020). "The Effects of Multimarket Contact on Partner Selection for Technology Cooperations." Strategic Managment Journal vol. 41 (2), 267-289. | Related Website | Download |
  • Iyer, D. N., M. Bau, F. Chirico P. Patel, and T.H. Brush (2018). "The Triggers of Local and Distant Search: Relative Magnitude and Persistence in Explaining Acquisition Relatedness." Long Range Planning vol. | Related Website | Download |
  • Iyer, D.N., B. Sharp and T.H. Brush (2017). "Executive Influence on Invention and Commercialization: The Moderating Role of Innovation Radicalness." American Journal of Business vol. 32 (3-4), 134-151. | Download |
  • Iyer, D.N., B. Sharp, and T.H. Brush (2017). "Knowledge Creation and Innovation Performance: An Exploration of Competing Perspectives on Organizational Systems." Universal Journal of Management vol. 5 (6), 261-270. | Download |
  • Ruth, D., T.H. Brush & W. Ryu (2015). "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 vol. 21 (1), 25-37. | Download |
  • Brush, T. H., R. Dangol and J. OBrien (2012). "Customer Capabilities, Switching Costs and Bank Performance." Strategic Management Journal vol. 33 (13), 1499-1515. | Download |
  • Drnevich, P., Brush, T. and Luckock, G. (2011). "Process and Structural Implications for IT-Enabled Outsourcing." International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications vol. 2 (4), 30-43. | Download |
  • Lee M., T.H. Brush and J. Hahn (2010). "The role of innovation in value creation after spin-off in the USA." International Journal of Business and Globalisation vol. 5 (1), 63-79. | Download |
  • Drnevich, P., T. H. Brush, and A. Chatuverdi (2010). "Examining the Implications of Process and Choice for Strategic Decision Making Effectiveness." International Journal of Decision Support System Technology vol. 2 (3), 1-15. | Download |
  • Drnevich, P., T.H. Brush, and M. Shanley (2010). "Strategic Implications of Information Technology for Resource and Capability Outsourcing Decisions." International Journal of Decision Support System Technology vol. 2 (4), 37-49. | Download |
  • Anand, J. , L. F. Mesquita & T.H. Brush (2008). "Comparing the Resource-Based and Relational Views: Knowledge Transfer and Spillover in Vertical Alliances." Strategic Management Journal vol. 29 (9), 913-941. | Download |
  • Mesquita, L. F. & Brush, T. H. (2008). "Untangling Safeguard and Production Coordination Effects in Long-Term Buyer-Supplier Relationships." Academy of Management Journal vol. 51 (4), 785-807. | Download |
  • Srinivasan, R., & Brush, T. (2006). "Supplier Performance in Vertical Alliances: The Effects of Self-Enforcing Agreements and Enforceable Contracts." Organization Science vol. 17 (4), 436-452. | Download |
  • Maritan, C., Brush, T., & Karnani, A. (2004). "Plant Roles and Decision Autonomy in Multinational Plant Networks." Journal of Operations Management vol. 10 489-503. | Download |
  • Maritan, C., & Brush, T. (2003). "Heterogeneity and Transferring Practices: Implementing Flow Manufacturing in Multiple Plants." Strategic Management Journal vol. 24 (10), 945-959. | Download |
  • Brush, T., Bromiley, P., & Hendrickx, M. (2000). "The Free Cash Flow Hypothesis for Sales Growth and Firm Performance." Strategic Management Journal vol. 21 (4), 455-472. | Download |
  • Artz, K., & Brush, T. (2000). "A Transaction Cost Examination of Performance in Collaborative Strategic Alliances." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization vol. 41 337-362. | Download |
  • Hariharan, S., & Brush, T. (1999). "Plant Scale in Entry Decisions: A Comparison of Start-ups and Established Firm Entrants." Managerial and Decision Economics vol. 20 353-364. | Download |
  • Brush, T., Maritan, C., & Karnani, A. (1999). "The Plant Location Decision in Multinational Manufacturing Firms: An Empirical Analysis of the International Business and Manufacturing Strategy Perspectives." Production and Operations Management vol. 8 (2), 109-132. | Download |
  • Brush, T., & Artz, K. (1999). "Toward a Contingent Resource Based Theory: The Impact of Information Asymmetry on the Value of Capabilities in Veterinary Medicine." Strategic Management Journal vol. 20 (3), 223-250. | Download |
  • Brush, T., Bromiley, P., & Hendrickx, M. (1999). "The Relative Influence of Industry and Corporation on Business Unit Performance: An Alternative Estimate." Strategic Management Journal vol. 20 (6), 519-547. | Download |
  • Brush, T., & Bromiley, P. (1997). "What Does a Small Corporate Effect Mean?: A Variance-Components Simulation of Corporate and Business Effects." Strategic Management Journal vol. 18 (10), 825-835. | Download |
  • Brush, T., & Karnani, A. (1996). "Impact of Plant Size and Plant Focus on Productivity: An Empirical Study." Management Science vol. 42 (7), 1065-1081. | Download |
  • Brush, T. (1996). "Predicted Change in Operational Synergy and Post-Acquisition Performance for Acquired Businesses." Strategic Management Journal vol. 17 (1), 1-24. | Download |
  • Lazonick, W., & Brush, T. (1985). "The 'Horndal Effect' in Early U.S. Manufacturing." Exlporations in Economic History vol. 22 53-96. | Download |


  • Mudde, P., & Brush, T. (2004). "Firm Competitiveness and Acquisitions: The Role of Competitive Strategy and Operational Effectivenes." Mergers and Acquisitions: Creating Knowledge, A. Pablo and M. Javidan (eds.), Strategic Management Society Mini-Conference Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
  • Brush, T., & O’Brien, J. (2003). "Competitive Drivers of Performance in Online Banking for Traditional Banks: Experience Goods, Search." SMS Book Series, from SMS Conference 2001
  • Srinivasan, R., & Brush, T. (2001). "Towards a Theory of Supplier Performance in Vertical Exchange Relationships." Galbraith, C. and Ryan M. (Eds.), Strategies and Organizations in Transition Elsevier Science, Ltd. Amsterdam. vol. 3 57-86.
  • Brush, T., & Srinivasan, R. (1999). "Long Term Vertical Alliances and Supplier Performance in the Home Appliance Industry: The Role of Contracts, Transaction Costs and Information Exchange; Strategic Management: Transaction Costs." JAI Press
  • Brush, T., & Hariharan, S. (1996). "Scale of Entry: The Competitive Advantage of Established Firms?; Strategic Integration." Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley and Sons U. K..
  • Brush, T., & Lazonick, W. (1992). "The 'Horndal Effect' in Early U. S. Manufacturing; Organization and Technology in Capitalist Development." Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  • Intellectualizing Risk

    As the business implications of big data continue to grow, so too does the need for academic research that helps lead to improved industry practices. Thomas Brush, a professor in the strategic management area at the Krannert School, is doing just that by merging his interdisciplinary work on product lifecycle management (PLM) to help the Licensing Executives Society (LES) create a better standard for managing intellectual property (IP) suppliers.

Phone: (765) 494-4441
Office: KRAN 418

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Area(s) of Expertise

Competitive Strategy, Consulting, Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Management, Manufacturing Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Outsourcing, Strategic Management