David Maslach

Associate Professor
David Maslach
360 RBB
Academic Specialty
Strategic Management

Ph.D., General Management, Western University
M.A.Sc., Management Science, University of Waterloo
B.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering (Sociology Minor), University of Waterloo

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Learning
Innovation of Advanced Technologies
Technological Failure

Dr. David Maslach is an associate professor in the Department of Management at Florida State University’s College of Busines. His research explores how people organize, manufacture advanced technologies and come to understand such cutting-edge technologies. Maslach also has studied how firms learn about the risks of failure and how firms deal with these risks as they innovate. 

Maslach received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and his master’s degree in management science from the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. in general management from Western University.

Selected Published Research

Lamont, B., King, D., Maslach, D., M. Schwerdtfeger, and J. Tienari. “Managerial Capacity and Integration Success in Knowledge-Based Acquisitions" Forthcoming. R&D Management.

Maslach, D., O. Branzei, C. Rerup, and M. Zbaracki. 2018. “Noise as a signal in learning from rare events.” Organization Science. 29(2): 225-246. https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdoi.org%2F10.1287%2Forsc.2017.1179&token=v1dZIVVCtTbTkpWDmQWbBNEPpZnveJtnYVl4X5c1Qes%3D
Desai, V., P. Madsen, D. Maslach. 2017. “Organizational learning from failure: Present theory and future inspirational inquiries.” Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning. Ed. L. Argote and J. Levine. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 
Maslach, D. 2016. “Change and persistence with failed technological innovation.” Strategic Management Journal, (37) 4: 714-723. 
Bhandary, A. and D. Maslach. 2016. “Organizational memory.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. Ed. M. Augier and D. Teece. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. 
Maslach, D., C., Madsen, P., and V. Desai, C. Liu. 2015. “The robust beauty of “Little Ideas”: Comments on the Past and Future of A Behavioral Theory of the Firm. Journal of Management Inquiry. 24(3): 318-320. 
Liu, Chengwei, David Maslach, Vinit Desai, and Peter Madsen. 2015. “The first 50 years and the next 50 years of A Behavioral Theory of the Firm: An interview with James G. March.” Journal of Management Inquiry. 242(2): 149-155. 

Honors and Awards
  • FSU College of Business Core Values Award (“for excellence, integrity, respect, leadership and/or innovation”) 
  • 6 Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Awards, BPS Division 
  • Finalist for OMT Best Symposium, Academy of Management 
  • Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship