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Darla Moore School of Business


Scott Turner

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Management
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-5973
Office: Darla Moore School of Business, Room 410C
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Scott Turner


Scott Turner is an associate professor of management in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Before joining the Moore School, he was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, and he has held adjunct and visiting positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

His research is in the areas of innovation, change and organizational routines. Industries of particular interest include solid waste management and computer software. His teaching has focused on strategic management at the undergraduate and masters levels and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level.

What courses do you teach?

Currently I am teaching the strategic management course for the Professional MBA program (MBAD 702).

Why should a student take your class—how does your class help students become employable?

Because strategic management is a core course, all students take it.  Its importance from a career perspective lies in the way that it facilitates understanding of the creation and capture of value in a business setting.

What do you research/what kind of projects are you working on?

My research focuses primarily on how organizations balance pressures for efficiency based on stability/consistency, and pressures for innovation/change.

How do your research/projects make a difference?

While this question would be more for others to answer, my hope is that the research can help to advance understanding of how organizations establish, maintain, and improve their routines and capabilities across a range of activities.

Briefly describe a few of your current projects.

Current projects consider how the timing and redesign of routines influence their effectiveness, and examine organizational capabilities for ongoing innovation.

How do you involve students in your projects?

My interaction with students largely occurs through the classroom.

What inspires you about your work?

Honestly, much of my day-to-day work is not so inspiring.  Teaching and research are challenging activities, and often require a lot of rather unexciting yet needed efforts.  But at times I feel as though the work can make a difference in helping people to better understand and/or accomplish something, and that can be meaningful.

What are you doing when you’re not working?

In my experience you are almost always working in this profession.