Brian T. McCann

Brian T. McCann

Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program
David. K. Wilson Professorship, Professor of Management
Faculty Director, Turner Family Center

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Strategic management; entrepreneurship; managerial economics

Subject Areas

Strategy and Business Economics



The winner of multiple teaching awards at Owen, Brian McCann is an authority in the field of strategic management.

Awards & Accomplishments

McCann is a 2004 MBA graduate from Owen, where he was an Owen Merit Scholar and earned the Bruce D. Henderson Merit Prize and the Founder’s Medal as the top graduate of the class. While at Purdue, he received numerous awards and grants, including the Purdue Research Foundation Grant, the Krannert Certificate for Distinguished Teaching, a Kauffman Fellowship Award, and the Ross Fellowship.


In addition to his academic career, Professor McCann has more than ten years of industry experience, including running JMD Development, Inc., a residential land development company; serving as the CFO for the Internet start-up Solve Interactive; and developing new strategic initiatives for the Dayton Development Coalition, a non-profit economic development group. 


Professor McCann’s work has appeared in such leading journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Management. He is also the co-author (with fellow Owen professor Luke Froeb) of the leading textbook Managerial Economics: A Problem-Solving Approach, which was originally published in 2007 by South-Western and is currently under revision for a fourth edition.


Professor McCann teaches strategic management classes in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, including Corporate Strategy, Strategic Management and Managerial Decision Making.

Research Interests

Professor McCann’s research interests span strategic management and entrepreneurship, including the performance implications of firm agglomeration, effects of ownership structure on competitive behaviors and the role of threshold-based decision making in the entrepreneurial process.


Ph.D., Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, 2009

MBA, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, 2004

B.A., Wright State University, 1990