Faculty & Research

Laura Dunham

Associate Professor and Department Chair : Entrepreneurship Department
 

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Laura Dunham teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.

She earned her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the managerial challenges involved in innovation and new business startup and development.

Before beginning her doctoral studies, Dunham worked as a management consultant in the strategy division of Renaissance Worldwide, helping clients such as Oracle, IBM, Lucent and GTE to identify, evaluate and develop new growth initiatives.

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Academic Background

B.A., English, Miami University (Ohio)
M.B.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia


Research Specialties

  • Early stage ventures
  • Effect of organizational values on employee creativity
  • Ethics and entrepreneurship
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Resource acquisition in entrepreneurship


Current Research

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Launching entrepreneurial ventures


Major Works

  • "From Rational to Wise Action: Recasting our Theories of Entrepreneurship," Journal of Business Ethics 92:4 (2010): 513-530.
  • Dunham, L., J. McVea, and R. E. Freeman, “Entrepreneurial Wisdom: Incorporating the Ethical and Strategic Dimensions of Entrepreneurial Decision-Making,” International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 6:1 (2008): 8-19.
  • “Entrepreneurship as Creative Market Action: A Framework for Identifying the Distinctive Domain of Entrepreneurial Ethics,” Business and Professional Ethics Journal 26 (2007): 3-39
  • Freeman, R.E., L. Dunham, and J. McVea, “Strategy, Wisdom and Stakeholder Theory: A Pragmatic and Entrepreneurial View of Stakeholder Strategy.” In Handbook Of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom, edited by Eric H. Kessler and James R. Bailey, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007.
  • "Enhancing Stakeholder Practice: A Particularized Exploration of Community," Business Ethics Quarterly (2006).   
  • Dunham, Laura and S. Venkataraman, "From Rational to Creative Action: Recasting our Theories of Entrepreneurship," Darden School Working Paper, DSWP-02-06, 2002.
  • Dunham, Laura and R.E. Freeman, "There is Business Like Show Business: Leadership Learnings from the Theater," Organizational Dynamics 29 (2000): 108-122.


Conference Presentations

  • "The Ethical Dimensions of Creative Market Action: A Framework for Identifying Issues and Implications of Entrepreneurial Ethics." Paper presented at the Carlson Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, 2006.
  • "Entrepreneurial Wisdom: Incorporating the Ethical and Strategic Dimensions of Entrepreneurial Decision-Making." Paper presented at the Carlson Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, 2006.