John McVea

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

jfmcvea@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4202

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Schulze Hall 435
Minneapolis, MN 55403

B.Com., Economics/Engineering, University of Birmingham
B.Sc., Economics/Engineering, University of Birmingham
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
Ph.D., , University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

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John McVea researches and teaches in the areas of entrepreneurial strategy and social entrepreneurship. His work had been published in journals such as The Journal of Business Venturing and The Journal of Business Ethics. He has written more than a dozen business case studies focusing on issues such as market entry strategy, innovation field studies, cash flow forecasting, challenges of growth and the use of social media.

His teaching philosophy brings together three approach: students centered learning through case discussion, writing across the curriculum and place-based education. These approaches result in highly interactive discussion based classroom experiences.

Originally from the North of Ireland, he has undergraduate degrees in both engineering and economics from the University of Birmingham, England, an M.B.A. from the Darden School and a Ph.D. from The University of Virginia.

Before returning to academia, McVea spent a dozen years working in industry for Dupont, initially in product/market development in the U.S. and ultimately as manager of textile filament manufacturing operation in the U.K. After earning his M.B.A., he worked for Bain & Co. in Boston as a strategy consultant advising in fields ranging from paper manufacture to oil drilling to private equity acquisition assessment.

Fall 2017 Courses
Fall 2017 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 714 - 424 Global Healthcare Innovation See Details * *
Description of course Global Healthcare Innovation : CRN: 43037
These courses will address various issues in the study and practice of Entrepreneurship. The nature and focus of the topics will vary based on current developments in the field and offerings by the Entrepreneurship faculty. For specific course description please go to BLACKBOARD Student Services under Highlighted Courses. -- Prerequisites: None.
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 3160800-120007 Sep '17
SCH 3161300-170007 Sep '17
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SCH 4200800-170008 Sep '17
SCH 1270800-170009 Sep '17
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MGMT 799 - 368 Strategic Management See Details * *
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 43051
An integrative approach to the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy and policy, this capstone course focuses on organizational performances as it relates to mission, goals and objectives. You will get practice defining multi-faceted problems and their causes; analyzing internal and external environments; reviewing key corporate and business strategies; formulating alternative strategic options; and addressing the challenges of implementation. Emphasis is on the ethical dimensions of problem solving at the general management level. The course will draw upon the analytical tools and managerial knowledge developed in all previous MBA courses, with application to both for profit and nonprofit organizations. -- Prerequisite: All core classes and two electives (MBA capstone class)
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 4070800-120014 Sep '17
SCH 1270800-120013 Oct '17
SCH 1270800-120010 Nov '17
SCH 4070800-120008 Dec '17
THEO 422 - L01 Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 55S 207
Description of course Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn : CRN: 42192 4 Credit Hours
What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theological relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
J-Term 2018 Courses
J-Term 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2018 Courses
Spring 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 260 - 01 Entrepreneurial Thinking - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 230
Description of course Entrepreneurial Thinking : CRN: 22482 4 Credit Hours
This course is designed as an introduction to the entrepreneurial mindset, and to the creative problem solving tools and critical thinking skills necessary to successfully pursue innovation and entrepreneurial success. The course is designed for non‐business majors and, as such, will cover a broad range of topics. Students will explore the issues that surround opportunity recognition, opportunity evaluation, creative problem solving, cash flow, and growth management of an entrepreneurial venture. The course will be primarily case‐based. This means that nearly all learning will take place through active participation in case analysis and class discussions. This style of learning has a number of advantages; it involves the study of dozens of real entrepreneurial ventures and problems, it emphasizes practical learning as well as theoretical concepts, it allows the student to develop their personal approach to the subject, and it builds kills as well as knowledge.
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 745 - 368 Global Systems See Details * *
Description of course Global Systems : CRN: 21898 3 Credit Hours
Registration is restricted to EXECUTIVE MBA students only
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 4070800-120013 Jan '18
SCH 4070800-120010 Feb '18
SCH 4070800-120007 Apr '18
SCH 4071300-170007 Apr '18
SCH 4071300-170004 May '18
Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - present)
  • Program Director, Executive MBA, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis (2013 - present)
  • Director, Health Care MBA, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2003 - 2010)
  • Instructor, University of Virginia - McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville (1999 - 2000)
  • Management Consultant, Bain & Company, Boston (1996 - 1998)
  • Production Manager, DuPont Fibres - Gloucester Plant, Gloucester (1992 - 1994)
  • Technical Sales Manager, I.C.I Americas, Greensboro (1989 - 1991)
  • Technical Officer, I.C.I. Europe, Doncaster England (1986 - 1989)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • Association for Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Society for Business Ethics

Professional Service
  • European Management Journal, Reviewer
  • Friends' School of Minnesota,
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Reviewer

Publications
  • McVea, J. F. (2014). Doran Construction: The Sydney Hall dilemma. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2014). Doran Construction: The Sydney Hall solution. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2011). Doran construction: Fowler entrepreneurship series. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2011). Coughlan industries for Fowler entrepreneurship series. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2009). A field study of moral imagination in entrepreneurial situations. Journal of Business Venturing, (24)(5), pp. 491-504
  • Dunham, L. C., McVea, J. F., & Freeman, R. E. (2008). Entrepreneurial wisdom: Incorporating the ethical and strategic dimensions of entrepreneurial decision-making. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, (6)(1), pp. 8-19
  • Dunham, L. C., & McVea, J. F. (2007). The ethical dimensions of creative market action: A framework for identifying issues and implications of entrepreneurial ethics. (26)(1/4),
  • McVea, J. F. (2007). Constructing good decisions in ethically charged situations: The role of dramatic rehearsal. Journal of Business Ethics, (70)(4), pp. 375-390
  • McVea, J. F. (2005). Dog days. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F., & Freeman, R. E. (2005). A names and faces approach to stakeholder management- how focusing on stakeholders as individuals can bring ethics and entrepreneurial strategy together. Journal of Management Inquiry, (14)(1), pp. 57-70
  • McVea, J. F. (2002). Mark Goldberg case -The executive program in biotechnology and ethics. (written case with instructional material)

Books and Chapters
  • McVea, J. F. (2014). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, Volume 2, Business Ethics, 3rd Edition. The philosophy of John Dewey. Wiley
  • McVea, J. F. (2013). Foundations of Business Ethics. Ethics and pragmatism: John Dewey's deliberative approach. Pearson Publishing
  • McVea, J. F., & Freeman, R. E. (2010). A names-and-faces approach to stakeholder management: How focusing on stakeholders as individuals can bring ethics and entrepreneurial strategy together. London London: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Freeman, R. E., Dunham, L. C., & McVea, J. F. (2007). Strategic Ethics. Strategy, wisdom and stakeholder Theory: A pragmatic and entrepreneurial view of stakeholder strategy Ch 8 (pp. 151-178).

Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Presentations
  • "Can businesses be a better agent for social change?: Possible unintended consequences" UST Benefit Corporation Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "Entrepreneurial strategy as applied critical thinking" Aspen Institute Conference on Liberal Arts and Business Education,, Denver, Colorado, May 01, 2013
  • "A field study of moral imagination in entrepreneurial situations" Society for Business Ethics, Anaheim, California, August 01, 2009
  • "Is Dewey's notion of the public an early statement of stakeholder theory?" Business Ethics Conference, Santa Clara, California, March 01, 2008
  • "Practical wisdom as a framework for entrepreneurial strategy" Society for Business Ethics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 01, 2007
  • "The ethical dimensions of creative market action: A framework for identifying issues and implications of entrepreneurial ethics" Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2006
  • "Entrepreneurial wisdom: Incorporating the ethical and strategic dimensions of entrepreneurial decision-making" Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2006
  • "A field study of moral imagination in entrepreneurial situations" Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2006
  • "Entrepreneurial Ethics: The Foundation of the Character of Business" Society for Business Ethics, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 01, 2004
  • "The Ethics of Entrepreneurship" Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2004
  • "A Stakeholder Approach to Management: The State of the Art" Flemish Network for Business Ethics, Louvain, Belgium, January 01, 2003
  • "Conflict of interest in biotechnology" Kennedy Institute of Ethics, DC, Virgin Islands, January 01, 2002
  • "Experimental Ethics- a pragmatist approach to moral deliberation" Society for Business Ethics, Denver, Colorado, January 01, 2002