Cyrus Parks

PhD Student/Research Assistant

Cyrus Parks


Cy is a first-year PhD student in Strategic Management, with a 20-year technical and managerial career in industry, most recently as a leader of a large chemical manufacturing plant on the Texas Gulf Coast. He has a MS and BS in Environmental Engineering and is a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Research Interests

  • Decision-making network/social influences on decision-making
  • Behavioral theory and strategic planning
  • Multi-method (qualitative/quantitative) methods
  • Relatively heavy emphasis on theory and theory-building
  • Firm resilience and impacts of shocks on industry
  • Environmental sustainability and stewardship practices
  • Turnover and decisions to quit

Areas of Expertise

  • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
  • Process Improvement and Optimization
  • Environmental Technology and Sustainability


  • Parks, C. B., & Loehr, R. C. (1994). Biofilter design for VOC remediation. In Proc., 1994 Conf. on Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Groundwater Prevention, Detection, and Remediation.

Working Papers

  • A Threshold Model For Voluntary Turnover Based On Rapport, Attachment And Hrm Design
  • A Transactional Cost View of Firm Resilience
  • Use of Best Practices for NHST in Management Research
  • Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

    • Academy of Management
    • Strategic Management Society
    • Southern Management Association
    • Western Academy of Management

    Activities & Interests

    • Lay Eucharist Minister in the Episcopal Church
    • Camping and Hiking throughout Texas and US

    Contact Info

    MH 310B
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    • Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt
    • Design for Six Sigma


    University of Houston
    University of Texas at Austin
    Northwestern University