Faculty & Research

Jay Ebben

Associate Professor : Entrepreneurship Department

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Jay Ebben is an associate professor of entrepreneurship, has taught at the University of St. Thomas since 2002, and has been part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2005. He has taught courses on entrepreneurial finance, business development and small business management, and advises the Practicing Entrepreneurs group on campus. Ebben won the inaugural Julie Hays Teaching Award in the Opus College of Business in 2010 and received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2011. He is a former small business owner who has worked with entrepreneurs at many stages of business development, advising them on market assessment, business modeling, financing and entry and growth strategies.

Ebben earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Marquette University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Academic Background

B.S., industrial engineering, Marquette University
M.B.A., entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Specialties

  • Small business/new venture strategy
  • Small business/new venture financing
  • Bootstrapping strategies

Current Research

  • Growth strategies of small firms
  • Factors impacting firm start-up

Major Works

  • Ebben, J. and A. Johnson, "Cash Conversion Cycle Management in Small Firms: Relationships with Liquidity, Invested Capital, and Firm Performance," Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 24:3 (2011): 381-397.
  • Ebben, J. and A. Johnson, "SP Equity Case Study," Journal of Management Policy and Practice 12:3 (2011): 91-107.
  • "Bootstrapping and the Financial Condition of Small Firms," International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research 15:4 (2009): 346-363.
  • "Decisions That Impact Small Firm Growth," Business Journal for Entrepreneurs Quarterly 4 (2007): 62-76.
  • "Product Offering, Operational Strategy, and Performance of Small Firms," Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 20 (2007): 245-255.
  • Johnson, A., J. Ebben, and R. Pricer, "Organization Strategy for Successful Firm Performance," Journal of Applied Business and Economics 6:5 (2006): 73-83.
  • Ebben, J. and A. Johnson, "Bootstrapping in Small Firms: An Empirical Analysis of Change Over Time," Journal of Business Venturing 21 (2006): 851-865.
  • Ebben, J. and A. Johnson, "Efficiency, Flexibility, or Both?  A Link Between Strategy and Performance in Small Firms," Strategic Management Journal 26 (2005): 1249-1259.