Faculty & Research

Mark T. Spriggs

Associate Professor : Entrepreneurship Department

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Mark Spriggs is an associate professor and the director of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. He began his career at St. Thomas as a marketing professor, teaching marketing courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and served as the marketing coordinator in the St. Thomas part-time MBA program. In 2003, Spriggs was named department chair of the Entrepreneurship Department, and in 2005 was named director of the new Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, the number of students taking entrepreneurship classes at St. Thomas has grown, and he continues to promote the initiatives of the Schulze School to the Twin Cites business and entrepreneurial community.        

Spriggs’ research interests include entrepreneurial growth, franchising, family business and marketing channel relationships. He also consults with local businesses on a range of topics, including how existing companies can develop an entrepreneurial attitude and create marketing strategies that work, and he advises budding entrepreneurs interested in starting their own businesses. Spriggs gives his views on entrepreneurship and discusses St. Thomas’ innovative entrepreneurship program in this video.


Academic Background

B.S., agricultural economics, University of Wisconsin Madison
M.B.A., finance & accounting, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Specialties

  • Growth strategies
  • Franchising

See Mark Spriggs talk about entrepreneurship as a vocation requiring a specific type of thinking in a short video, part of the Ahead of the Curve series

Major Works

  • Porter, M. C. and M. T. Spriggs, "Informal Private Equity Investment Networks: The Role of the Nexus Angel," Journal of Private Equity, 16:3 (2013): 48-56.
  • Spriggs, Mark, Andy Yu, David Deeds, and Ritch Sorenson, Too many cooks in the Kitchen: Innovation capacity, collaborative network orientation, and performance in small family businesses, Family Business Review 26:1 (2013): 32-50. 
  • "Negative Option Selling Plans: Current Forms versus Existing Regulations," Journal of Public Policy and Marketing 15:2 (1996): 227- 237.
  • "A Framework for More Valid Measures of Channel Member Performance," Journal of Retailing 70:4 (1994): 327-343.
  • "The Legal Status of Trade and Function Price Discounts," Journal of Public Policy and Marketing 13:1 (1994): 61-75.