Sharon Matusik

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Sharon F. Matusik

Chicago area, US
  • Graduated with honors
  • PhD in strategic management
Alma mater
  • Colby College
  • Foster School of Business
  • University of Colorado
  • Leeds School of Business
  • Dean
  • Professor

Sharon Matusik is the Dean and at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Matusik’s research focuses on understanding the knowledge-intensive firm and the contribution of firm knowledge to competitive advantage in strategic management entrepreneurship.

Early Life and Education

She grew up in the Chicago area. A first-generation college student, she graduated with honors from Colby College in Waterville Maine. After working in employee benefits consulting for Hewitt Associates, she completed her PhD in strategic management from the Foster School of Business.


She served on the faculty at Rice University before moving to the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2004, where she served as Academic Research Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. She rose through the ranks to become Professor in the Leeds School in 2014. In 2016, Matusik was named interim Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, and in 2017, she was appointed Interim Dean at the Leeds School of business, subsequently permanent Dean.


Matusik and Hill (1998) examined the role of “contingent workers” in knowledge flows that affect competitive advantage of a firm – temporary employees, independent contractors; workers at outsourcing firms, contract workers on-site at a firm, consultants, etc. Reliance on contingent workers can stimulate information flows inside a firm by causing firms to codify of tacit knowledge inside the firm, but also puts the firm at risk of having its special expertise appropriated.[1].

Matusik has studied entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, such as the role of “offensive” and “defensive” patents in the pricing of initial public offerings[2], the role played by venture capitalists in the success or failure of startup firms[3][4]

Dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado

As Dean of the Leeds School of Business, Matusik’s major initiatives have been: a) an End the Gap initiative to reach 50% participation of women in undergraduate and graduate programs; b) a Business + Engineering collaboration between the Leeds School of Business and the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences including nearly 75,000 square feet of shared space connecting the two schools; and c) focussing graduate programming on developing skills demanded by “high growth ventures” that are beyond the startup phase and rapidly scaling up operations. The Boulder/Denver metro economy has many such businesses.

In the media



  1. Matusik, S. F., & Hill, C. W. (1998). The utilization of contingent work, knowledge creation, and competitive advantage. Academy of management review, 23(4), 680-697.
  2. Heeley, M. B., Matusik, S. F., & Jain, N. (2007). Innovation, appropriability, and the underpricing of initial public offerings. Academy of Management Journal, 50(1), 209-225.
  3. Fitza, M., Matusik, S. F., & Mosakowski, E. (2009). Do VCs matter? The importance of owners on performance variance in start‐up firms. Strategic Management Journal, 30(4), 387-404.
  4. Matusik, S. F., & Fitza, M. A. (2012). Diversification in the venture capital industry: leveraging knowledge under uncertainty. Strategic Management Journal, 33(4), 407-426.

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