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The Influence Of Spirituality On Servant Leadership Among Small Business Entrepreneurs, Sharilyn D. Franklin 2010 Walden University

The Influence Of Spirituality On Servant Leadership Among Small Business Entrepreneurs, Sharilyn D. Franklin

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Servant leadership, which promotes virtuousness and altruism, is gaining attention as a potential solution to the perceived leadership crisis, as evidenced by the ethical breakdown of some of America's largest corporations. Entrepreneurs, who represent 99% of all employers, play a significant role in the American economy as innovative risk takers and early adopters. As such, it is important to understand how they relate to servant leadership. The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore research questions related to (a) the extent to which servant leadership is practiced by small business entrepreneurs, and (b) the relationship between their levels ...


Altis: A Microfinance Startup In Nepal, Jacen Greene, Scott Marshall 2010 Portland State University

Altis: A Microfinance Startup In Nepal, Jacen Greene, Scott Marshall

Business Faculty Publications and Presentations

In Sanjay Karki’s role as Deputy Director for the Nepal office of Mercy Corps, he had worked on a number of poverty reduction programs. But his current initiative presents the most daunting challenges he has yet faced. One of the most promising innovations in poverty alleviation was the concept of microfinance, the provision of small-scale loans and other financial services to poor entrepreneurs. And although the government of Nepal strongly supported microfinance models, a decade-long civil war ending in 2006 had severely disrupted government services and worsened poverty. In the terai, or plains, of Nepal, government and non-profit microfinance ...


Portland Roasting Company: Farm Friendly Direct, Madeleine E. Pullman, Brandon Arends, Mark Langston, Greg Price, Greg Stokes 2010 Portland State University

Portland Roasting Company: Farm Friendly Direct, Madeleine E. Pullman, Brandon Arends, Mark Langston, Greg Price, Greg Stokes

Business Faculty Publications and Presentations

This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a company in their efforts to differentiate their product through a social sustainability programme. Over the years, the company has built a strong reputation with their sustainability efforts, particularly amongst their peers in the specialty coffee industry. There is some question as to whether this reputation has been visible to consumers and if consumers see the value-proposition. The case covers the history of coffee, the specialty coffee industry, the supply chain and roles of different participants, and the competitive landscape.

Furthermore, most of the competitive eco-labels and certification schemes are discussed. The ...


Academic Entrepreneurs: The Role Of Star Scientists In Commercialization Of Radical Science, Reddi KOTHA, Gerard GEORGE 2010 Singapore Management University

Academic Entrepreneurs: The Role Of Star Scientists In Commercialization Of Radical Science, Reddi Kotha, Gerard George

Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business

We examine the effects of individual, team, and institutional capabilities on the governance of technology contracts. Star scientific teams may work on higher quality projects which may be of high or low risk, depending on the maturity of the technology. Arguments that assumed that both capabilities and risk are codetermined, and seldom diverge in their effects on incentive preferences, may be tenuous in these cases. We test our predictions using a two-stage model in a sample of 1,474 inventions that were licensed through performance or upfront contracts. We find that when individuals and teams have strong capabilities, they prefer ...


Tao Of Downfall: The Failures Of High-Profile Entrepreneurs In The Chinese Economic Reform, Wenxian Zhang, Ilan Alon 2010 Rollins College

Tao Of Downfall: The Failures Of High-Profile Entrepreneurs In The Chinese Economic Reform, Wenxian Zhang, Ilan Alon

Faculty Publications

Through historical reviews and case studies, this research seeks to understand why some initially successful entrepreneurs failed in the economic boom of past decades. Among various factors contributed to their downfalls are a unique political and business environment, fragile financial systems, traditional cultural influences and personal characteristics. Notwithstanding that these factors should be further tested through empirical studies, those high-profile entrepreneurs are oblivious but essential actors in the grand theatre of China's economic transformation and their failures have contributed to the swift development of the Chinese entrepreneurship over the last 30 years.


New Farmer Jump Start Project, Keith Booth, Steve Olsen 2010 Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development

New Farmer Jump Start Project, Keith Booth, Steve Olsen

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Southwest Iowa development groups looked at several ways to entice new farmers to commit to local food production.


Collegematchers, Inc: Business Plan & Market Overview, Daniel Black 2010 Claremont McKenna College

Collegematchers, Inc: Business Plan & Market Overview, Daniel Black

CMC Senior Theses

This thesis details the business plan of CollegeMatchers, Inc, including a market overview. CollegeMatchers is a quick, easy, and free on-campus marketplace, that strives to create self sustaining communities on campuses everywhere.


Brian Fritton (Com ’10) – Tech@Cost, Inc., 2009 DePaul University

Brian Fritton (Com ’10) – Tech@Cost, Inc.

Dr. Harold Welsch

Another student who enrolled at DePaul primarily because of the Coleman Center, Brian currently operates Tech@Cost on a full-time basis with a business partner. The company sells business technology equipment and software at distributor-direct, wholesale cost by leveraging formal negotiated relationships with the nation’s largest distributors. Brian received extensive coaching from the Coleman Center during his four years at DePaul, involving three different ventures. In late 2008, he was introduced by the Center to a well-known local angel investor, who ultimately invested $150,000 in mid-2010. Brian continues to be advised by two members of the Coleman Center ...


Kris Swanberg (M.S. Ed. ’10) – Nice Cream Chicago, 2009 DePaul University

Kris Swanberg (M.S. Ed. ’10) – Nice Cream Chicago

Dr. Harold Welsch

Nice Cream produces and sells hand-crafted, organic ice cream in over 20 retail locations throughout Chicago. Having learned about the Coleman Center only six months before graduating, Kris took an elective entrepreneurship course, second place in the 2010 Launch DePaul competition, and some last-minute coaching. Along the way, she made two important connections for her company – one was with a potential investor who inquired about the possibility of taking Nice Cream national, and the other was with the local food buyer for Whole Foods, which led to Nice Cream’s placement in three area stores. Today, Kris employs one other ...


Using Historic Mutinies To Understand Defiance In Modern Organizations., Ray Coye, Patrick Murphy, Patricia Spencer 2009 DePaul University

Using Historic Mutinies To Understand Defiance In Modern Organizations., Ray Coye, Patrick Murphy, Patricia Spencer

Patrick J. Murphy

Purpose: Guided by voice and leadership theory, we articulate the underpinnings of upward defiance (competence deficiency; ignorance of concerns; structural gaps between echelons) and describe the managerial actions that help depose those underpinnings. Design / Methodology / Approach: We analyze 30 historic narrative accounts of actual mutinies. The journalistic accounts from bygone eras provide unparalleled insight into the basic dynamics of mutiny and provide novel insights into organizational defiance. Findings: Our principal findings show that the underpinnings of mutiny in organizations derive from three foundations: disconnections between authority echelons, modes of addressing member disgruntlement, and the need for management to develop competencies ...


Reid Lappin (Com ’10) – Vokal Interactive, Llc, 2009 DePaul University

Reid Lappin (Com ’10) – Vokal Interactive, Llc

Dr. Harold Welsch

After attempting a couple different business ideas while at DePaul, Reid discovered a business opportunity with VOKAL, which builds custom mobile applications for businesses. One year after graduating, he employs 10 full-time people and will break $1 million in revenue. Reid made several important connections at Coleman Center networking events, and in early 2010 was featured in a CNBC documentary about the dramatic growth of the mobile application industry. Reid is a member of the eMerge Alumni Council.


Analogical Properties Of Entrepreneurial Opportunities And Their Effects On Judgment, Ugur Uygur 2009 Loyola University Chicago

Analogical Properties Of Entrepreneurial Opportunities And Their Effects On Judgment, Ugur Uygur

Ugur Uygur

The distinctive trademark of an entrepreneur is the recognition of and the action upon profit opportunities (Kirzner, 1997). Researchers have attempted to find out the factors that help an individual recognize and judge such opportunities. Demographic factors and psychological traits provided unimpressive results (Shook, 2003). In this paper I focus on cognitive factors as determinants of opportunity judgment.


Scholar-Baller: Student Athlete Socialization, Motivation, And Academic Performance In American Society, Keith Harrison 2009 University of Central Florida

Scholar-Baller: Student Athlete Socialization, Motivation, And Academic Performance In American Society, Keith Harrison

Dr. C. Keith Harrison

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A Critical Race Analysis Of The Hiring Process For Head Coaches In Ncaa College Football, Keith Harrison 2009 University of Central Florida

A Critical Race Analysis Of The Hiring Process For Head Coaches In Ncaa College Football, Keith Harrison

Dr. C. Keith Harrison

In this article, we respond to Singer’s (2005) challenge to sport management scholars to consider race-based epistemologies in conducting certain kinds of research in the field, as we use critical race theory (CRT) as a framework to analyze the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) Hiring Report Card (HRC) (Harrison & Yee, 2009). The BCA HRC was created as a result of the access discrimination that has historically taken place in college sport (Brooks & Althouse, 2000; Cunningham & Sagas, 2005), which has consequently contributed to the underrepresentation of racial minorities in the head coach position in college football. The HRC places the hiring process of predominantly white institutions of higher education (PWIHE) under public scrutiny, with the ultimate goal of changing the decision-making process when these institutions hire head football coaches. This article utilizes CRT ...


The Transgenerational Family Effect On New Venture Growth Strategy., D. Pistrui, Patrick J. Murphy, A. Deprez-Sims 2009 DePaul University

The Transgenerational Family Effect On New Venture Growth Strategy., D. Pistrui, Patrick J. Murphy, A. Deprez-Sims

Patrick J. Murphy

We examine family-based resiliencies and transgenerational phenomena in family business contexts and introduce the transgenerational family effect (TFE) construct. The TFE influences long-term strategy and culture in family-based entrepreneurial ventures. We clarify the boundaries of the construct based on evidence from 414 cases in the panel study of entrepreneurial dynamics. Then, we operationalise it with two-by-two permutations of family membership and strategic tradition. Finally, we develop and assess hypotheses about venture strategic vision, growth orientation and wealth orientation. Our findings suggest that the TFE promotes vision and wealth creation across generations in family businesses


Entrepreneurship Education Trends, Todd A. Finkle 2009 Gonzaga University

Entrepreneurship Education Trends, Todd A. Finkle

Todd A Finkle

This study discusses recent trends in the field of entrepreneurship at schools of higher education throughout the world. Entrepreneurship continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in higher education. The findings of this study indicate that there were 366 job openings at schools and 231 candidates seeking positions in entrepreneurship during 2007/08. The findings also show that the number of international positions has virtually doubled since last year to 76, while the number of international candidates was 62. The article also looks at other trends and makes recommendations to candidates and schools in regards to the job ...


Lessons Learned From The “Oracle Of Omaha” Warren Buffett, Todd A. Finkle 2009 Gonzaga University

Lessons Learned From The “Oracle Of Omaha” Warren Buffett, Todd A. Finkle

Todd A Finkle

This article documents a trip that was made by students from the University of Akron’s College of Business to visit Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the second richest man in the world at his Global Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Every year, Buffett invites a select number of schools to Omaha to visit with him and tour a few of his companies. This article discusses the strategy that the University of Akron used to get invited to visit Buffett, the activities throughout the day with Buffett, and the lessons learned from the “Oracle of Omaha”. The ...


Spatial Variations In The Character Of Off-The-Books Entrepreneurship: Lessons From A Study Of Contrasting Districts In Moscow, Colin C. Williams 2009 University of Sheffield

Spatial Variations In The Character Of Off-The-Books Entrepreneurship: Lessons From A Study Of Contrasting Districts In Moscow, Colin C. Williams

Colin C Williams

Although there is growing recognition that many entrepreneurs start-up trading partially or wholly off-the-books, few have evaluated whether the character of this hidden enterprise culture varies spatially. To begin to do so, this paper evaluates whether and how the nature of off-the-books entrepreneurship differs across an affluent, mixed and deprived district of Moscow. Drawing upon 313 face-to-face interviews, the finding is that wholly legitimate enterprises represent just the tip of the iceberg in Moscow. Beneath the surface in all the districts is a large hidden enterprise culture. However, off-the-books entrepreneurship in the affluent district is comprised more of registered businesses ...


Entrepreneurship And The Informal Economy: An Overview, Colin C. Williams 2009 University of Sheffield

Entrepreneurship And The Informal Economy: An Overview, Colin C. Williams

Colin C Williams

In recent decades, the field of entrepreneurship studies has become increasingly interested in the relationship between entrepreneurship and the informal economy. This paper reviews this burgeoning sub-field of entrepreneurship studies that recognizes how entrepreneurs do not always conduct their business affairs wholly by the rulebook. Evaluating this rapidly growing body of literature, it reviews the findings regarding the preponderance of entrepreneurs to engage in the informal economy, the nature of such informal entrepreneurship, the characteristics of informal entrepreneurs and the motives underpinning participation in such endeavor, along with the competing theories that have sought to explain engagement in this type ...


Joining Up The Fight Against Undeclared Work In Europe, Colin C. Williams 2009 University of Sheffield

Joining Up The Fight Against Undeclared Work In Europe, Colin C. Williams

Colin C Williams

Report to the European Commission on the feasibility of creating a platform for cooperation between labour inspectorates and other relevant monitoring and enforcement bodies, to prevent and fight undeclared work


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