Faculty Spotlight: Russell Crook


Russell CrookT. Russell Crook (“Russell”), assistant professor of management in the College of Business Administration, joined the University of Tennessee in 2007. Russell holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University and an MBA degree from American University.

Before receiving his Ph.D., Crook worked for several leading companies, such as American Airlines, U.S. Airways, and IBM. He worked in a variety of capacities, including operations management, scheduling, strategic planning, and global procurement. As an assistant professor, Russell teaches international strategic management to undergraduate students and a seminar in strategy to doctoral students. His research concentrates on strategy and entrepreneurship topics related to why some firms perform better than others. His research has been presented at several international conferences and has been published in outlets such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Operations Management, Organizational Research Methods, and Strategic Management Journal. Russell is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Management.  This summer, he was chosen from the large number of university faculty to be recognized as the UT Knoxville’s “QUEST Scholar of the Week.”

Outside his teaching and research at UT, Russell regularly volunteers his time in the Knoxville community. He mentors teenage boys through an outreach of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee called Men Moving Forward. In addition, Russell recently taught a class entitled “Negotiating Contracts for Entrepreneurs” as part of the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) at Florida State University. The EBV offers training in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and business ownership to United States military members who are disabled as a result of their military service in post-September 11 conflicts.

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