Michael A. Hitt is Distinguished Professor and holds the Joe B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He has authored or co-authored over 160 journal articles and co-authored or co-edited 26 separate books. Those books include: Downscoping: How to Tame the Diversified Firm (1994); Mergers and Acquisitions: A Guide to Creating Value for Stakeholders (2001); Handbook of Strategic Management (2001); Strategic Entrepreneurship: Creating A New Integrated Mindset (2002); Managing Knowledge for Sustained Competitive Advantage (2003); The Blackwell Entrepreneurship Encyclopedia (2005); Great Minds in Management: The Process of Theory Development (2005); The Global Mindset (2007); Competing for Advantage (2008); and Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization (2009). He has served on the editorial review boards of multiple journals and served as Consulting Editor (1988–1990) and Editor (1991–1993) of the Academy of Management Journal. He is the current Co-editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He serves as President of the Strategic Management Society and is a past president of the Academy of Management. He received the 1996 Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to Competitiveness and the 1999 Award for Outstanding Intellectual Contributions to Competitiveness Research from the American Society for Competitiveness. He is Fellow in the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society and Research Fellow in the National Entrepreneurship Consortium. He received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for his contributions to the field. He received the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Management.Ireland, R. Duane is the author of 'Understanding Business Strategy', published 2008 under ISBN 9780324578997 and ISBN 0324578997.