Christopher E. Stevens


Associate Professor of Management &
MBA Programs Director

Chris joined the SBA faculty in 2008.

B.S.: Northern Kentucky University 1994
M.B.A.: Case Western Reserve University 2001
Ph.D.: Case Western Reserve University 2008

Brief Biography

Dr. Stevens is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Gonzaga University School of Business and Director of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, 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.

Selected Publications

"Advancing a mission-centered business school: A process for engaging faculty and tracking progress," Forthcoming, Journal of Jesuit Business Education, June 2011 (with Paul F. Buller, Molly Pepper, Peggy Sue Loroz, and Vivek H. Patil).

"Misfortunes or mistakes? Cultural sense-making of entrepreneurial failure," 2011, Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 26 (1): 79-92 (with Melissa S. Cardon and Ryland D. Potter).

"Social enterprises and the timing of conception: Organizational identity tension, management and marketing," 2010, Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Vol. 22 (2): 108-134 (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," 2010, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol. 22 (6): 575-598 (with Brett R. Smith).

"Social entrepreneurs and earned income opportunities: The dilemma of earned income pursuit," 2010, Handbook of Research in Social Entrepreneurship (A. Fayolle and H. Matalay, Eds.), pp. 284-303 (with Brett R. Smith and Terri F. Barr).

"The discriminant validity of entrepreneurial passion," 2009, Academy of Management 2009 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (with Melissa S. Cardon).

"Forced to play by the rules? Theorizing how mixed-sex founding teams benefit women entrepreneurs in male-dominated contexts," 2006, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 30 (5): 623-642 (with Lindsey N. Godwin and Nurete L. Brenner).

"Managing human resources in small organizations: What do we know?" 2004, Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 14 (3): 295-323 (with Melissa S. Cardon).