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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

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Matt Hersel

Matt C. Hersel

Assistant Professor
Powers Emerging Fellow

Office: 420K Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall


 Educational Background

    PhD Management
    Auburn University 2018

Courses Taught

  • Business Strategy
  • Strategic Management (MBA)
  • Advanced Management and Leadership Program (Exec)
  • Leading Organizations (PhD)


Matt Hersel is an Assistant Professor and Powers Emerging Fellow in the Department of Management at Clemson University. He received his PhD in Organization Studies, Strategy, and Change from Auburn University's Harbert College of Business. In 2022, he was awarded the Powers College of Business Emerging Scholar Research Excellence Award and was a nominee for Clemson University Junior Researcher of the Year.

Research Interests

  • His primary research interests involve stakeholder-focused management and the organizational effects of changing social evaluations following ethical transgressions. Specifically, he is interested in how leaders manage the aftermath of misconduct and other types of scandals.

Research Publications

  • Hersel, M. C., Gangloff, K. A., Shropshire, C. (2023) Mixed messages: Crisis communication-dismissal (in)coherence and shareholder trust following misconduct. Academy of Management Journal. 66(2), .
  • Heavey, C., Simsek, Z., Fox, B. C., Hersel, M. C. (2022) Executive confidence: A multidisciplinary review, synthesis, and agenda for future research. Journal of Management. 48(6), 1430-1468.
  • Hersel, M. C. (2022) Fighting with the fourth estate: A theoretical framework of organization-media rivalry for narrative control following a transgression. Academy of Management Review. 47(3), 425-447.
  • Connelly, B. C., Shi, W., Walker, H. J., Hersel, M. C. (2022) Searching for a sign: CEO successor selection in the wake of corporate misconduct. Journal of Management. 48(4), 1035-1066.
  • Hersel, M. C., Helmuth, C. A., Zorn, M. L., Shropshire, C., & Ridge, J. W. (2019) The corrective actions organizations pursue following misconduct: A review and research agenda. Academy of Management Annals. 13(2), 547-585.
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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
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