Inspire. Innovate. Impact.

Mario Hayek, Ph.D.
Professor of Management

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Management and Economics
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McDowell Administration 336
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Management and Economics

Last year President Rudin gave him a call. He responded with Venture College. A new initiative of A&M-Commerce, Venture College empowers students to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality. Hayek knows what that's like, as an entrepreneur himself. From the tourism industry in Ecuador to restaurants in DFW, his knowledge extends well beyond the classroom. As the Interim Dean of the College of Business and Director of Venture College, he's now educating, encouraging and enabling students to invest in their dreams.

A Conversation with Dr. Hayek

What do you like most about your career?

“Impacting lives and contributing to student success; there are few instances as rewarding as seeing a student experience an ‘ah-ha’ moment or having them return years later and thanking you for contributing to who they became.”

What draws you to your discipline?

“Working with people and impacting lives; management and entrepreneurship are disciplines centered around leading people and creating value.”

What has been your favorite course to teach?

“Entrepreneurship. It’s always exciting to inspire students to conceptualize innovative for-profit or non-profit organizations that can create social and economic value.”

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Management, University of Mississippi, Oxford, 2011
  • MBA, Finance, American University, 1995
  • BBA, Marketing, Marymount University, 1993

Academic Positions

  • Department Head, Management, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2015-present
  • Interim Associate Dean, College of Business, TAMU-C, 2016-2017
  • Assistant Professor, Management, TAMU-C, 2011-2016

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Social Responsibility
  • Ethics

Professional Organizations

  • Project management institute

Featured Courses

  • MGT 489 Project Blue Flame
  • UNCO 1301 I Think, Therefore, I Create Value

Selected Publications

  • Humphreys, J., Loncar, D., Atinc, G., Hayek, M., & Novicevic, M. (in press, 2019). An Integrated Framework of Market and Nonmarket Strategies for Demoralized Transition Economies. Journal of East European Management Studies.
  • Humphreys, J., Hayek, M., Novicevic, M., Pane, S., & Pickens, J. (in press, 2019). Narrative Cleansing of Andrew Carnegie: Entrepreneurial Generativity as Identity Capital. Journal of Management History.
  • Hayek, C., Novicevic, R., & Hayek, M. (2017). Women Entrepreneurs in a Country in Transition: The Perspective of Edita Dautovic, A Woman Entrepreneur and Social Leader. Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.
  • Tomas, C., Hebdon, A.S., Novicevic, M., & Hayek, M. (in press, 2015). Fluid leadership in dynamic contexts: A qualitative comparative analysis of the biblical account of Nehemiah. Journal of Management History.

Related News

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A&M-Commerce College of Business Signs Agreements with Pair of Bangladeshi Universities

The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Commerce signed agreements with two universities in Bangladesh which allows for the seamless transfer of credits for international students seeking an American education. Memorandums of understanding were signed in April with BRAC University and the University of Dhaka, both located in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka, home […]

A&M-Commerce Venture College Student Produces Innovative Sports Glove Cleaner

Students at A&M-Commerce’s Venture College are launching creative products and incubating innovative ideas that may change the world. One such student is Demaria Heath, a sophomore studying sport and recreational management at A&M-Commerce. Heath created C3 Sports Glove Cleaner as his Venture College project. With the skills and support he received through Venture College, Heath […]

Dr. Mario Hayek

Dr. Mario Hayek Appointed Dean of A&M-Commerce College of Business

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Mark Rudin announced that Dr. Mario Hayek has been appointed as the new dean of the university’s College of Business. Hayek has been serving as the college’s interim dean since March 2020. Rudin had high praise for Hayek’s service to the university. “Dr. Hayek brings innovative ideas and many years of […]

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