Scott Latham

Scott Latham

Scott Latham, Manning School of Business, Management (Business Policy and Strategy)

Associate Professor
Falmouth 305D


Strategic planning, Organizational turnaround, Business start up development

Research Interest

  • Organizational Decline and Innovation 
  • Economic Recessions 
  • Start Up Organizations in High Tech Fields

Educational Background

B.B.A., UMass Amherst, Marketing

M.B.A., UMass Lowell, Marketing Focus

Ph.D., UMass Amherst, Strategic Management


Professor Latham worked for a dozen years in the software industry, where he experienced both the highs and lows of the .com boom. He has managed several small, entrepreneurial organizations, mostly in a business development and marketing capacity. His career took him throughout the world; he has lived and worked in Europe and Asia. During his career, noted achievements include:

• Helped a high tech start up grow from 6 to a 100 people in a four year span 

• As an e-commerce consultant, advised a wide range of organizations including IBM, Gillette, HP, and others 

• Part of a senior management team that took a company through an IPO process, then after pulling the IPO helped raise $20 million in bridge funding 

• Managed partnership with some of the largest organizations in the world, including Raytheon, Oracle, SAP 

After leaving industry, in 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in strategic management. His research focuses on organizational decline, environmental turbulence, and innovation; it has been published in Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Business Strategy and other outlets. He has also been cited in more practitioner-orientated media outlets, such as WFTX-TV, NECN, MSNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Mass High Tech, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. He consults with small, entrepreneurial organizations on business models, growth, and strategic positioning.  In addition he sits on the board of the M2D2- the Massachusetts Medical Device to Market incubator, where he has advised close to 100 small medical device startups.