University of Calgary

Tom Cottrell

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty [FNCE]

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.




Dr. Cottrell retired from the Haskayne School in December 2018. 

Tom holds a PhD in Business and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a baccalaureate from the University of Washington in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  After undergraduate work, Tom worked first at Deloitte as a staff auditor, earning his CPA designation, and then at Microsoft as a general accounting manager. 

In the Finance area, Dr. Cottrell taught corporate finance and the compensation module in the undergraduate core, as well as advanced corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions in the Finance concentration.  Prior to joining the Finance Area, Dr. Cottrell taught Corporate Strategy in SGMA from 1993-1998.  He feels especially honored to have received the Commerce Undergraduate Society Award for Outstanding Teaching & Learning in 2004-2005. 

Dr. Cottrell has served on various boards: as the public member of the Certified Management Consultants of Alberta, as a faculty representative on the board of the CPMT (Calgary Portfolio Management Trust) and for various not-for-profit boards.

Research and Publications
Robinson, Michael and Cottrell, Thomas, 
“Investment Patterns of Informal Investors in the Alberta Private Equity Market” Journal of Small Business Management, 45(1), January, 2007

Cottrell, Thomas J., and Barrie Nault "
Product variety and firm survival in the microcomputer software industry
", Strategic Management Journal, 25(10), October, 2004

Cottrell, Thomas J. and Gordon A. Sick 
"First mover (Dis)advantage and Real Options" 
Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, 14(2), Summer 2001.

Cottrell, Thomas J. and Kenneth W. Koput 
"Software variety and hardware value" 
Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 15(4), 1998.

Cottrell, Thomas J. 
"Fragmented Standards and the development of Japan's Microcomputer Software Industry" 
Research Policy, February, 1994, p 143-174


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