David R. King

Higdon Professor of Management
David R. King
406 RBA
Academic Specialty
Strategic Management

Ph.D., Indiana University (2002)
M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology (1995)
B.S., United States Air Force Academy (1990)

Areas of Expertise

Merger and acquisition (M&A) integration and performance, innovation, complementary resources, corporate entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and government policy. 

Dr. David R. King is the Higdon Professor in the Department of Management at Florida State University’s College of Business. His research focuses on complementary resources, merger and acquisition (M&A) integration and performance, technology innovation and defense procurement. 

Before joining academia, he managed aircraft procurement for the U.S. Air Force. 

King received his bachelor’s degree in management and behavioral science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his master’s degree in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His master’s degree in business administration and Ph.D. in strategic management are both from Indiana University.

Selected Published Research


Amiri, S., King, D., DeMarie, S., Brown, J. (2022). Predicting the divestment of prior acquisitions. British Journal of Management, 33(4): 1803-1819.

King, D., Meglio, O., Gomez-Mejia, L., Bauer, F., De Massis, A. (2022). Family Business Restructuring: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management Studies, 59(1): 197-235.

Shi, W., King, D.R., Connelly, B. (2021). Closing the deal: Managerial response to short sellers following announcement of mergers and acquisitions. Journal of Business Research, 130: 188-199.

Bauer, F., King, D.R., Schriber, S., Kruckenhauser, C. (2021). Navigating challenging contexts: Costs and benefits from applying codified acquisition experience. Long Range Planning.

Schriber, S., King, D.R., Bauer, F. (In Press). Retaliation effectiveness and acquisition performance: The influence of managerial decisions and industry context. British Journal of Management.

King, D.R., Wang, G., Samimi, M., & Cortes, F. (2021). A meta-analytic integration of acquisition performance prediction. Journal of Management Studies, 58(5): 1198-1236.

Bansal, A., King, D.R. (In Press). Communicating change following an acquisition. International Journal of Human Resource Management.

King, D.R., Bauer, F., Weng, Q., Schriber, S., Tarba, S. (2020). What, When and Who: Manager Involvement in Predicting Employee Resistance to Acquisition Integration. Human Resource Management, 59: 63-81.



King, D.R. 2022. Acquisitions and corporate strategy: Alliances, performance, and divestment. Routledge: Oxford, UK.

King, D.R., Bauer, F., Schriber, S. 2018. Mergers & Acquisitions: A Research Overview. Routledge: Oxford, UK.

Risberg, A., King, DR., and Meglio, O. 2016. Companion to Mergers and Acquisition. Routledge: Oxford, UK.

Honors and Awards
  • 2022: Selected as Fulbright Alumni Ambassador
  • 2020: Recognized as ‘Reviewer of the Year” by Journal of Management Studies 
  • 2020: Florida State University College of Business “Core Values” award recipient for exemplifying integrity, respect, leadership and innovation
  • 2018: Fulbright Scholar to Austria
  • 2016: “Best Paper” at EURAM Corporate Strategy track for: Bauer, F., King, D., Schriber, S., Matzler, K. Acquisition Characteristics, Integration Choices, and Performance: A Process Perspective. EURAM, Paris, 31 May- 4 June.
  • 2015: Outstanding Author Contribution Award for: King, DR. 2014. The influence of complementary resources on firm boundary decisions. In Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Volume 13. Finkelstein, S., and Cooper, C. (eds). Emerald Publishing: Bingley, UK, pp. 25-42.