Faculty & Research

David Deeds

Director, Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship; Schulze Chair of Entrepreneurship : Entrepreneurship Department

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David Deeds is the Schulze Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of the Morrison Center. Before coming to St. Thomas, Deeds was a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management and academic director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has held faculty positions at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and the Fox School of Business at Temple University. During his career, he has published numerous articles in management and entrepreneurship journals, including Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Management Journal,  Journal of Management and Research Policy and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, among others.

He was awarded the NASDAQ Fellowship in Capital Formation and was a named research fellow at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. In 2007, Deeds was awarded the Haniel Fellowship in Entrepreneurship at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. His current research interests include new venture growth and adaptation, technological discontinuities and technology commercialization. Prior to becoming an academic, Deeds was co-founder and president of LightSpeed Corporation.

Academic Background

B.A., Economics and Political Science, Claremont McKenna College
M.B.A., Strategic Management, University of Washington
Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Washington

Research Specialties

  • Strategic alliances
  • Entrepreneurial strategy
  • Technology commercialization
  • Technology and innovation management

Current Research

  • Strategic alliances and new venture performance
  • Angel investors
  • Legitimacy and institutional pressures in emerging industries

Major Works

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • The 1996 Michael H. Mescon Best Empirical Paper Award from The Entrepreneurship Division Of The National Academy of Management.
  • 1997 NASDAQ Fellow in Capital Formation. A three month fellowship studying capital formation for small and emerging business with The  Senate Small Business  Committee.
  • 1998 Best Paper Award from Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
  • 2000 Fast Company Award for the Best Paper on High Growth Firms at The Toronto Academy of Management Meetings
  • 2002 Swedish School of Entrepreneurship Research Fellow
  • 2008 Haniel Fellowship at Humboldt University in Berlin
  • 2010 Chair of  The Entrepreneurship Interest Group of The Strategic Management Society

Board Memberships

  • Editorial Board Member of The Journal of Business Venturing  (1999 – 2005, 2009 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member of  Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (2000 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Management Studies (2007 – present)