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I am an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. My research explores the role of market frictions, managerial labor markets, discrimination, multi-unit firm structure, and strategic human capital in firms’ competitive advantage.


My work has been published in top journals such as Strategic Management Journal and the Review of Economics and Statistics. My research received several awards. My dissertation received the Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award in Business Policy and Strategy.

Duke University

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Brigham Young University

Master of Public Policy

The Marriott School of Management

Master of Organizational Behavior

Brigham Young University

Master of Arts in International Area Studies

Brigham Young University
B. Sc. International Business Management

Washington University in St Louis, 2015-present

Olin Business School

Assistant Professor of Strategy (Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group), tenure review in 2025

Research Areas

  • Market Frictions

  • Managerial Labor Markets

  • Labor Market Discrimination

  • Family Firms

  • Strategic Human Capital

  • Innovation Strategy


[1] Tsolmon, U. and D. Ariely. 2022. “Health Insurance Benefits as a Labor Market Friction: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment”. Strategic Management Journal,  43(8): 1556-1574.

[2] Tsolmon, U. 2017. “Being good is not enough: Overcoming bias in mobility and advancement of women top managers through organizational performance”. Academy of Management Proceedings, No. 1.

[3] Belenzon, S. and U. Tsolmon. 2016. “Market Frictions and Competitive Advantage of Internal Labor Markets”. Strategic Management Journal, 37(7): 1280-1303.
[4] Fabrizio, K. and U. Tsolmon. 2014. “An Empirical Examination of the Pro-Cyclicality of R&D Investment and Innovation”. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(4): 662-675.

Teaching Experience

PhD Seminar (Olin Strategy): Spring 2020 

• Teaching Rating: 10/10

Management 100: Individual in a Managerial Environment (Undergraduate required management course, Olin Business School): Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

• Teaching Rating: 9.5/10
Executive MBA Foundations of Strategy (Fuqua School of Business): Spring 2014
• Prepared and taught “Bitter Competition: Nutrasweet vs. the Holland Sweetener Company” HBS
Case to executive MBAs
• Developed and taught “Business Intelligence and Analytics” curriculum that incorporates the use
of big data and analysis to managerial strategic decision-making via utilization of state-of-the-art technology tools, such as Technology/IP search, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other publicly available big data. Taught analysis and visualization of data using Tableau software.
• Teaching Rating: 5.0/5.0

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal

  • Representative-at-Large for the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group, Strategic Management Society

  • Membership Engagement Officer for the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group, Strategic Management Society

    • Initiated and established the IG’s successful Mentoring Programs for pre-tenure faculty and doctoral students. I have been running the program for 4 years.

  • Founder and Organizer, Women in Strategy Conference

  • Reviewing for Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Strategy Science

  • Seminar Series Coordinator for the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group at WashU: 2016-1017; 2018-2019; 2021-2022; 2022-2023

  • Master Certified Academic Coach and Mentor

Curriculum Vitae

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Assistant Professor of Strategy

Olin Business School

Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Box 1156, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
(314) 935-6335

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