Dr. William E. Gillis

Dr. William E. Gillis

Professor and Chair

Research Interests

Dr. Gillis’s research interests are in franchising from both the franchisor and franchisee perspectives, Healthcare, Organizational theory and change, and organizational form.


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration (Strategic Management)

    The Florida State University

  • MBA

    University of West Florida

  • M.S. History, Russian Area Studies
    United States Air Force Academy


  • Maaloof, J., Combs, J. G., Gillis, W., Perryman, A. (2020). Replicate or adapt? Franchising and organizational routines. Journal of Knowledge Management.

  • Gillis, W., Combs, J. G., Yin, X. (2020). Franchise management capabilities and franchisor performance under alternative franchise ownership strategies. Journal of Business Venturing.

  • Whaley, A. R., Gillis, W., Affuso, E. (2017). A Panel Data Analysis of Efficiency and Productivity of the U. S. Hospital Care System. Review of Applied Economics.

  • Whaley, A. R., Gillis, W. (2016) Leadership development programs for healthcare middle managers: An exploration of the top management team member perspective. Health Care Management Review, 43(1), 11. DOI: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000131

  • Harvey, P., Harris, K. J., Gillis, W., Martinko, M. (2014). Abusive Supervision and the Entitled Employee. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 13.

  • Gillis, W., Combs, J. G., Ketchen, D. J. (2014) Using resource-based theory to help explain plural form franchising. Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice.

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  • MGT 485 – Business Policy in a Global Economy
  • MGT 603 – Seminar in Organization Theory and Change