John McVea

Associate Professor,

(651) 962-4202

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 455
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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

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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.

Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 799 - 364 Strategic Management See Details * *
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 22051
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 (Evening MBA capstone class)

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
TMH 3010800-170010 Jan '15
TMH 4600800-170007 Feb '15
TMH 3500800-170007 Mar '15
TMH 3010800-170011 Apr '15
TMH 3010800-170009 May '15
Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
THEO 422 - 01 Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 55S 207
Description of course Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn : CRN: 41594 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 theologcial 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. Prerequsite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

Schedule Details

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Program Director, Executive MBA, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis (2013 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - 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
  • Friends' School of Minnesota,
  • European Management Journal, Reviewer
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Reviewer


Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Social Entrepreneurship