Scott A. Snell

Frank M. Sands Sr. Professor of Business Administration


FOB 285

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Management, Strategy Execution, Talent Management

Education: B.A., Miami University; MBA, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Professor Scott Snell is the Frank Sands, Sr. Chair in Business Administration and former Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. He teaches courses in strategic management and works internationally with senior executives to help their companies align strategy, organizational capability, and investments in talent. His research has been published in a number of top journals, and he is the author of several books, notably Strategic Execution: Driving Breakthrough Performance in Business (Stanford Press, 2019), Management: Leading and Collaborating in a Competitive World (McGraw-Hill, 2016), and Managing Human Resources (Cengage, 2018). He currently serves on the board of directors for SHRM, and has served on the boards of the Strategic Management Society's Human Capital Group, HRPS, the SHRM Foundation, the Academy of Management's HR Division, the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty, Scott was Professor and Director of Executive Education at Cornell University's Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies and a Professor of Management in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. from Miami University, as well as his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in business from Michigan State University.


Selected Publications

Carrig, K., Snell, S., & Onozuka, A. 2016.  In search of execution.  In Ulrich, D., Wright, & Antioni,R. (eds.) View from the Top: Leveraging Human Capital to Create Value,  SHRM, (Forthcoming).

Snell, Scott A. and B. Crane. "Human Capital," in Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition.

Morris, S.M, Snell, S.A. and Bjiorkman, I. 2016. Toward an architectural framework for human capital within the global context. Journal of International Business Studies, 57 (6): 723-747.

Way, S. Tracey, J.B., Fay, C. Wright, P.M. Snell, S.A., Chang, S. & Gong, Y. 2015. Validation of a multi-dimensional HR flexibility measure, Journal of Management, 41 (4): 1098-1131.

Snell, S.A. and Morris, S.M. 2014. Building dynamic capabilities around organizational learning challenges. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, 1 (3): 214-239.

S.M. Morris, Scott Snell, and R. Hammond. "A microfoundations approach to transnational capabilities: Testing the influence of knowledge search behaviors in a global professional service firm," Journal of International Business Studies, 2014, Vol 45, No 7, 405-427.

B J Zhong, SS Morris, Scott Snell and PM Wright. "Resource-based view of international human resources: The role of integrative and creative capabilities in gaining competitive advantage for MNCs," in G. Stahl, I. Bjorkman, and S. Morris (eds.) Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management. Edward Elgar (2013).

Way, S., J.B. Tracey, C. Fay, P.M. Wright, and Scott A. Snell. "Validation of a multi-dimensional HR flexibility measure,"  Journal of Management, (2012).

Robert Bruner, Robert Conroy, and Scott Snell. "The Development of General Managers Capabilities in a Global Economy," in Leadership Development for a Global World, Jori Canals Editor. 2012. 

M. Allen and Scott A. Snell. "Entrepreneurial human resource management," in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship Research, M. Morris and D. Kuratko (Editors), Blackwell Publishing, 2012.

C. Snow and Scott A. Snell. "Strategic Human Resource Management," in Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Steven Kozlowski (Editor) Oxford University Press, 2012. 

S. C. Kang, Scott A. Snell, and J. Swart. "Options-based HRM, intellectual capital, and exploratory and exploitative learning in law firms' practice groups,"  Human Resource Management, 2012, 51 (4): 461-485.

Morris, Shad S. and Scott A. Snell. "Intellectual capital configurations and organizational capability," Journal of International Business Studies, 2011, 42(6): 805-827.

Shad S. Morris, Patrick M. Wright, Jonathan Trevor, Philip Stiles, Gunter K. Stahl, Scott Snell, Jaap Paauw, Elaine Ferndale, "Global challenges to replicating HR: The role of people, processes, and systems,"  Human Resource Management, special issue, 2010, Nov-Dec (Academy of Management International Human Resource Scholarly Research Award.

S. M. Morris and Scott A. Snell. "The Evolution of HR Strategy: Adaptations to Increasing Global Complexity," in The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, Adrian J. Wilkinson, Nick A. Bacon, Tom Redman, and Scott Snell, November 2009, 84-99. 

Adrian J. Wilkinson, Nick A. Bacon, Tom Redman, and Scott Snell (Editors). "The Field of Human Resource Management," in The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, Adrian J. Wilkinson, Nick A. Bacon, Tom Redman, and Scott Snell, (Editors), Sage Publications, Nov. 2009, 3-11.

Sung Choon Kang and Scott A. Snell. "Intellectual capital architectures and ambidextrous learning: A framework for human resource management, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2009, 65-92.

"Intellectual capital architectures and ambidextrous learning,"  Journal of Management Studies, 2009, 46(1):65-92.

"Relational archetypes, organizational learning, and value creation,"  Academy of Management Review, special issue, 2007, 32(1): 236-256.

"Intellectual capital profiles: Examination of investments and returns,"  Journal of Management Studies, 2004, 41(2): 335-361.

"Employment flexibility and firm performance: Examining the moderating effects of employment mode, environmental dynamism, and technological intensity,"  Journal of Management, 2003, 29(5): 681-705.

"Human resources and the resource based view of the firm,"  Journal of Management, 2001, 27(6): 701-721.

"The human resource architecture: Toward a theory of human capital development and allocation," Academy of Management Review, 1999, 24 (1): 31-48.

"Toward a unifying framework for exploring fit and flexibility in strategic human resource management,"  Academy of Management Review, 1998, 22 (4): 756-772.

"Human resource management, manufacturing strategy, and firm performance,"  Academy of Management Journal, Special Issue, 1996, 39(4): 836-866.


Selected Books

Bohlander, George W., S.M. Morris and  Scott A. SnellManaging Human Resources, 17th EditionCengage Learning, (2014).   

Bateman, Thomas S. and  Scott SnellM: Management and Managing People and Knowledge in Professional Service Firms, 3rd Edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, (2012).

Bateman, Thomas S. and  Scott SnellManagement: Leading & Collaborating in the Competitive World, 10th Edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, January (2012).

Wilkinson, Adrian J., Nicolas A. Bacon, Tom Redman and  Scott A. Snell, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management. Sage Publications Ltd, (2009).


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Scott Snell's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.