I am an Assistant Professor of Strategy in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. My research explores the role of institutional 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 dissertation received the Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award in Business Policy and Strategy.

2015 Duke University

Ph.D. in Business Administration

2009 Brigham Young University

Master of Public Policy

2004 The Marriott School of Management

Master of Organizational Behavior

2004 Brigham Young University

Master of Arts in International Area Studies

1999 Brigham Young University
B. Sc. Inernational 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

  • Institutional Market Frictions

  • Managerial Labor Markets

  • Labor Market Discrimination

  • Strategic Human Capital

  • Innovation Strategy


[1] Tsolmon, U. and D. Ariely. 2021. “Health Insurance Benefits as a Labor Market Friction: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment”. Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming.

[2] Belenzon, S. and U. Tsolmon. 2016. “Market Frictions and Competitive Advantage of Internal Labor Markets”. Strategic Management Journal, 37(7): 1280-1303.
[3] 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
Reviewing for Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, Review of Economics and Statistics

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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