Laura Dunham

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

lcdunham@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4409

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Schulze Hall 431
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., Management, University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
B.A., English/Journalism, Miami University

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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. Prior to 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.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 350 - 01 Entrepreneurial Research - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCH 335
Description of course Entrepreneurial Research : CRN: 42699
This course focuses on develop students¿ knowledge and thinking about opportunities by researching new business ideas and concepts in an entrepreneurial environment. The course requires students to complete a series of exploratory field studies, and develop an opportunity identification report for an original entrepreneurial concept. Prerequisite: ENTR 200 and MKTG 300

Schedule Details

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ENTR 707 - 366 Innovation and Corp Entrp - - - - - - - -
Description of course Innovation and Corp Entrp : CRN: 43375
Designed for entrepreneurs, managers, and consultants interested in creating and reinforcing entrepreneurial responses within established organizations. Course examines how managers affect the nature and rate of innovation through organizational culture, structure, communication, reward and control systems. Emphasis placed on how individuals initiate, launch and manage ventures within corporate settings. Course integrates theory and practice through the use of readings, discussions, cases, field work and projects. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 350 - 01 Entrepreneurial Research - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCH 420
Description of course Entrepreneurial Research : CRN: 21955
This course focuses on develop students¿ knowledge and thinking about opportunities by researching new business ideas and concepts in an entrepreneurial environment. The course requires students to complete a series of exploratory field studies, and develop an opportunity identification report for an original entrepreneurial concept. Prerequisite: ENTR 200 and MKTG 300

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ENTR 707 - 201 Innovation and Corp Entrp - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 316
Description of course Innovation and Corp Entrp : CRN: 21964
Designed for entrepreneurs, managers, and consultants interested in creating and reinforcing entrepreneurial responses within established organizations. Course examines how managers affect the nature and rate of innovation through organizational culture, structure, communication, reward and control systems. Emphasis placed on how individuals initiate, launch and manage ventures within corporate settings. Course integrates theory and practice through the use of readings, discussions, cases, field work and projects. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - present)
  • Department Chair, Entrepreneurship, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2013 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2004 - 2010)
  • Visiting Instructor, University of Virginia - Darden Graduate School of Business, Charlottesville (2005 - 2006)
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Virginia - McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville (2002 - 2003)
  • Instructor, University of Virginia - McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville (2000 - 2000)
  • Consultant, Renaissance Worldwide, Boston (1996 - 1998)
  • Senior Consultant, Renaissance Worldwide, Boston (1998 - 1998)
  • Senior Account Executive, Siddall, Matus and Coughter Advertising, Inc., Richmond (1992 - 1994)
  • Director, Studio Theatre of Richmond (Small Business Founder/Manager), Richmond (1987 - 1992)
  • Account Executive, Lawler Ballard Advertising / The Paxton Group, Richmond (1985 - 1987)
  • Assistant Account Executive, Lawler Ballard Advertising / The Paxton Group, Richmond (1983 - 1984)
  • Press Secretary, Congressman, Jerry M. Patterson, Washington (1981 - 1983)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Business Ethics

Professional Service
  • Journal of Business Ethics, Reviewer

Publications
  • Dunham, L. C. (2011). House of talents. (written case with instructional material)
  • Dunham, L. C. (2011). Anxiety in teens. (written case with instructional material)
  • Dunham, L. C. (2011). Solome tibebu and entrepreneurial beginnings. (written case with instructional material)
  • Dunham, L. C. (2010). Sr. Rosalind Gefre schools and clinics of massage. (written case with instructional material)
  • Dunham, L. C. (2010). From rational to wise action: Recasting our theories of entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics,
  • 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. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (26)(1/4),
  • 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).
  • Dunham, L. C., Freeman, R. E., & Liedtka, J. (2006). Enhancing stakeholder practice: A particularized exploration of community. Business Ethics Quarterly, (16)(1), pp. 23-42
  • Dunham, L. C., & Freeman, R. E. (2001). There is business like show business: Leadership learnings from the theater. Organizational Dynamics,

Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

Presentations
  • "Counterintuitive rules of innovation" Board of Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 01, 2014
  • "Understanding implicit theories of wisdom in business" OCB Faculty Reseach Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2013
  • "Teaching business ethics through theater" Ethics and Aesthetics Conference, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, November 01, 2009
  • "Practical wisdom as a framework for entrepreneurial strategy" Society for Business Ethics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 01, 2007
  • "Entrepreneurial wisdom: Incorporating the ethical and strategic dimensions of entrepreneurial decision-making" Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2006
  • "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
  • "The Ethics of Entrepreneurship" Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 01, 2004
  • "Entrepreneurial Ethics: The Foundation of the Character of Business" Society for Business Ethics, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 01, 2004
  • "Ruffin lectures" University of Virginia, Charlottsville, Virginia, January 01, 2004
  • "Ethics and the Social Logic of the Entrepreneur" Society for Business Ethics, Denver, Colorado, August 01, 2002
  • "Entrepreneurhip, Ethics and Innovation: The Case for Strong Ties" Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 01, 2002