Poonam Khanna, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Management

Poonam Khanna


Dr. Poonam Khanna is an associate professor of management. She joined the Department of Management at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014. She has previously held faculty appointments at Arizona State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Ph.D. in management, with a concentration in strategic management, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Khanna has taught strategy and entrepreneurship at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research interests include CEOs and boards of directors, social networks, inter-organizational alliances, entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Dr. Khanna’s research has been published in Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management JournalStrategic Management Journal and Journal of Management.

Prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Khanna spent nearly 10 years with a management consulting firm in India. Her clients included multi-national corporations such as Whirlpool and SmithKline Beecham; non-profit organizations such as the World Bank and the Ford Foundation; as well as Indian government agencies and business houses.

Research Interests

  • Negative performance effects of repeated ties with the same partners
  • Influence of board decision-monitoring on CEOs’ learning
  • Board of director effectiveness


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • MBA Institute of Management Technology
  • B. Com. University of Delhi Shri Ram College of Commerce


  • “Director Human Capital, Information Processing Demands, and Board Effectiveness,” with C. Jones and S. Boivie, Journal of Management, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2014, pp. 557-585.
  • “Organizational Differences, Relational Mechanisms, and Alliance Performance,” with D. Lavie and P.R. Haunschild, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 33, No. 13, 2012, pp. 1453-1479.
  • “Getting Them to Think Outside the Circle: Corporate Governance, CEOs' External Advice Networks, and Firm Performance,” with M.L. McDonald and J.D. Westphal, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 51, 2008, pp. 453-475.
  • “Keeping Directors in Line: Social Distancing As a Control Mechanism in the Corporate Elite,” with J. D. Westphal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 48, 2003, pp. 361-398.