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Richard Herko

Richard Herko, PhD

Assistant Professor of Strategy
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Richard Herko teaches and conducts research in the field of strategy, specifically corporate governance, top management teams and competitive intelligence. He has earned several teaching awards while at the University of Pittsburgh including CBA Teacher of the Year in a Core Course. He has published several works, has presented at more than a half dozen conferences, and is a member of the Academy of Management. Prior to beginning his academic career, Dr. Herko served in a variety of management capacities in Fortune 500 corporations and in start-up companies. He also served with distinction for ten years in the United States Army Reserve as a logistics officer. In addition to his work, Dr. Herko has served as a School Director for Pine Richland School District, Gibsonia, PA, and as the president of the AW Beattie, a vocational-technical high school, Allison Park, PA. He is also a member of Mensa.


  • University of Pittsburgh,  Katz Graduate School of Business, PhD in Strategic Management, 2012
  • University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, Master of Science Degree in Business Administration, 2003
  • Pennsylvania State University,  Smeal College of Business, Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, 1992


Prescott, John and Herko, Richard, 2010. TOWS Analysis: The Role of Competitive Intelligence. In X. Xie (Ed.) Progress in Competitive Intelligence: 113-130. Science and Technology Literature Press, Beijing.

Prescott, J.E. and Herko, R. 2010. "TOWS Analysis: The Role of Competitive Intelligence", Competitive Intelligence Magazine, 13 (3): 9-12.

Prescott, J.E. and Herko, R. 2009. "The CI Professionals' Competency Framework", Competitive Intelligence Magazine, 12 (1): 23-26.

Cognitive Board Diversity, Board Monitoring of Corporate Responsibility Rankings and Firm Performance, with John E. Prescott, presented at the Conference on Board Diversity and Economic Performance, Copenhagen Business School (2011)

Greenwashing: Cognitively Diverse Boards of Directors and their Impact on Symbolic vs. Substantive Sustainability Initiatives, presented at the Academy of Management BPS Doctoral Consortium, San Antonio, Texas (2011)

The Impact of Cognitive Board Diversity on Investments in Sustainability Initiatives, with John E. Prescott, presented at the Corporate Governance Conference on the Global Financial Crisis, University of Pennsylvania (2010)

Executive Succession and the Value of Stability, with Jeremy Suiter, targeted for Journal of Management Studies