Laura Dunham

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

lcdunham@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4409

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

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

See publications in UST Research Online

Laura Dunham is an associate professor and chair of the Entrepreneurship Department within the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. She joined St. Thomas in 2003 from the University of Virginia, where she earned her Ph.D and M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business. She teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive programs on innovation and entrepreneurial strategy. Her research focuses on the managerial and ethical challenges involved in innovation and new business start-up and development. Before 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 identify, evaluate and develop new growth initiatives.

Summer 2017 Courses
Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses
Fall 2017 Courses
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ENTR 707 - 369 Innovation and Corp Entrp See Details * *
Description of course Innovation and Corp Entrp : CRN: 43047
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. -- Prerequisites: None.
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 4211041-120014 Sep '17
SCH 4211041-120015 Sep '17
SCH 4211041-120016 Sep '17
SCH 4211300-170016 Sep '17
SCH 4210800-120013 Oct '17
SCH 4210800-120011 Nov '17
SCH 4211300-170011 Nov '17
SCH 4210800-120008 Dec '17
SCH 4210800-120009 Dec '17
J-Term 2018 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)
  • Interim Co-Director Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, University of St Thomas, Minneapolis (2017 - 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

Public Service
  • Loaves and Fishes Meal Program, Other

Publications
  • Freeman, R. E., Dunham, L. C., Fairchild, G. B., & Parmar, B. L. (2015). Leveraging the creative arts in business ethics teaching. Journal of Business Ethics, (131)(3), pp. 519-526
  • Dunham, L. C. (2011). Solome tibebu and entrepreneurial beginnings. (written case with instructional material)
  • 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. (2010). From rational to wise action: Recasting our theories of entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics,
  • Dunham, L. C. (2010). Sr. Rosalind Gefre schools and clinics of massage. (written case with instructional material)
  • 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),
  • 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,

Books and Chapters
  • 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
  • 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 Research 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
  • "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
  • "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, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 01, 2004
  • "Ethics and the Social Logic of the Entrepreneur" Society for Business Ethics, Denver, Colorado, August 01, 2002
  • "Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Innovation: The Case for Strong Ties" Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 01, 2002