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Timothy Gubler

Assistant Professor of Strategy,
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Website: http://www.timothygubler.com

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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 focuses on understanding the determinants of individual productivity for high knowledge and skill workers in organizations. His work helps firms understand how to design themselves to create and capture value more successfully through the efficient use of the people they employ. To date his work has primarily focused on the following settings: 1) commercial laundry workers, 2) residential real estate, 3) emergency medical service crews and agencies (i.e., paramedics), 4) stack overflow contributors, and 5) US federal workers.

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 was elected as a Representative-at-Large for the Strategic Management Society's Human Capital Interest group in 2021.

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.

His most recent CV and additional information on his research can be found on his academic website: www.timothygubler.com


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

Group Affiliations

  • Informs — 2018
  • Academy of Management — 2013
  • Strategic Management Society — 2013

Selected Publications

  • "Socially Advantaged? How Social Affiliations Influence Access to Valuable Service Professional Transactions", Strategic Management Journal, Edition 13, Volume 40, Pages 2287-2314, 2019
  • "Connected, but Qualified? Social Affiliations, Human Capital, and Service Professional Performance", Organization Science, Edition 5, Volume 30, Pages 912-936, 2019
  • "Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity", Management Science, Edition 11, Volume 64, Pages 4967-4987, 2018
  • "Motivational Spillovers from Awards: Crowding Out in a Multitasking Environment", Organization Science, Edition 2, Volume 27, Pages 286-303, 2016
  • "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Retirement Planning Predicts Employee Health Improvements", Psychological Science, Edition 9, Volume 25, 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)