Dr. Donald Lester, Professor

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (Strategic Management); University of Memphis; 1994
  • MBA (Executive Program); University of Memphis; 1990
  • BS (Education); University of Memphis; 1976


Teaching Interests:

  • Strategic management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organization theory
  • Small Business Management

Research Topics:

  • Strategic performance
  • Organization life cycle
  • Small business strategy

Published in Such Journals as:

  • Management Decision
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis
  • Strategic Change
  • SAM Advanced Management Journal
  • International Journal of Management and Decision Making
  • International Journal of Business and Systems Research
  • Journal of Small Business Strategy
  • Journal of Management Development

Textbooks Published:

  • Organization Theory: A Strategic Perspective (with J. Parnell)

Journal Editorship:

  • >Associate Editor (Organization Studies), International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management


  • Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship 2008 Paul Hersey Award for Best Paper
  • Small Business Institute Annual Meeting Best Paper, 2010
  • Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship Outstanding Paper Award, 2005

Member of:

  • British Academy of Management
  • Southern Management Association
  • Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • North American Case Research Association

How To Contact Dr. Lester

  • E-mail: don.lester@mtsu.edu
  • Phone: (615) 898-5125
  • Address:
    PO Box 75
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132
  • In Person: Business and Aerospace Building N109