• Ph.D., University of Houston, Bauer College of Business, 2016
  • M.B.A., Louisiana State University, E.J. Ourso College of Business, 2009
  • B.S., Nicholls State University, 2004
  • B.B.A., Mari-El State Polytechnic University, Department of Accounting and Audit, Russia, 1997


  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leaders, Strategy & Society (Graduate)

Research Interests

  • Strategic management
  • Corporate governance
  • Socially generated assets


Klavdia Ballard Evans is an Associate Professor of Strategy at St. Mary’s University. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She earned an MBA from the Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Volga State University of Technology, Russia.

Evans’ research is in the areas of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and socially generated assets and liabilities. She has published in academic and practitioner publications such as Journal of Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Organizational Dynamics, and Journal of Business Strategy. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

Evans is an award-winning professor, teaching courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels in the areas of strategic management and strategic leadership.

Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Evans’ industry experience was in the financial and hospitality sectors in Russia and the United States with organizations such as The Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Whitney Bank, and Brinker International Inc.


Ballard, K., Vera, D.M., Pathak, S.M. and Salaiz, A., 2014, January. Boards and Corporate Social Performance: The role of community influentials and interlocks. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2014, No. 1, p. 17697). Academy of Management

Banks, M.A., Vera, D., Pathak, S. and Ballard, K., 2016. Stakeholder management as a source of competitive advantage. Organizational Dynamics, 1(45), pp.18-27


University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award 2015
Ballard, K. and Vera, D. University of Houston, $3,000. “The Board of Directors’ Functional
Background and Its Effect on Firms’ Corporate Social Performance”
University of Houston, Bauer College of Business – Jesse Jones Dissertation Completion Grant

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