Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Christopher Stevens
Director, Assistant Professor of Management

502 E. Boone Avenue
AD Box 009
Spokane, WA 99258-0009

Phone: (509) 313-7039
Fax: (509) 313-5811

Office Location
Jepson Center 242C

Office Hours
Tuesday, Thursday 9-11

B.S., Northern Kentucky University, 1994; M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2001; Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior), Case Western Reserve University, 2008.

Dr. Stevens is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Gonzaga University School of Business, where he teaches courses in the entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, and new venture creation.  Prior to pursing his Ph.D., Dr. Stevens spent 15 years in the construction and construction consulting industries, working and living through Europe and Asia as part of a multi-family-owned and run construction concern.  He has served as a strategic and HR consultant for several small firms and startups in the construction and consumer products sector.  His research focuses on a variety of areas of interest including social entrepreneurship, venture success and failure, entrepreneurial passion, human resource management in entrepreneurial firms, and Jesuit ethics, spirituality, moral imagination and entrepreneurship.  Dr. Stevens’ research has appeared in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Human Resource Management Review.  He is the author of a chapter in the recent Handbook of Social Entrepreneurship, and has presented at numerous academic conferences on social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and business school ethics and mission.

Recent Publications:

Misfortunes or mistakes? Cultural sense-making of entrepreneurial failure. Forthcoming, Journal of Business Venturing, Issue TDB with Melissa S. Cardon and Ryland D. Potter

Social enterprises and the timing of conception: Organizational identity tension, management and marketing. Forthcoming 2010, Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Vol. 22, No. 2 with Brett R. Smith, Terri F. Barr, Joshua Knapp, and Benedetto L. Canatelli

Different types of social entrepreneurship: The role of geography and embeddedness on the measurement scaling of social value. Forthcoming 2010, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Issue TBD with Brett R. Smith

Social entrepreneurs and earned income opportunities: The dilemma of earned income pursuit. Forthcoming, Handbook of Research in Social Entrepreneurship (A. Fayolle and H. Matalay, Eds.) with Brett R. Smith and Terri F. Barr

The discriminant validity of entrepreneurial passion, 2009, Academy of Management Proceedings, Chicago, Illinois. with Melissa S. Cardon

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Norm Leatha
Entrepreneur in Residence

502 E Boone Ave.
AD Box 009
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3402

Office Location
Jepson 242E

B.A., University of Washington, 1968; M.B.A., Gonzaga University, 2007.

Mr. Leatha is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga University.  He is responsible for the Program’s co-curricular activities including student internships and mentorships, the annual Business Plan Competition, and the New Venture Lab (a student-run idea incubator).  He also teaches a senior business incubation class.  Norm has been a founder, officer, or director of several startup companies in software, system services and biotech over the past 25 years.  He is on the boards of directors for Inland Empire Oilseed, a biodiesel refinery in Odessa, WA, Pacific Research Associates, and the Spokane Angel Alliance.

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Nicole Cooney
Program Coordinator

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 009
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3405

Office Location
Jepson 242B

Nicole Cooney is the Program Coordinator for the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga University.  She manages the admissions process, the Annual Business Plan Competition, and manages the day-to-day running of the program, as well as serving as a liaison for Hogan students to the Hogan program faculty and staff and the university at large.  Nicole serves as the budget officer for the Hogan Program.