Todd A. Finkle


Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship

Todd joined the SBA faculty in 2010.

B.S.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1982
M.B.A.: University of Wisconsin at Madison 1989
Ph.D.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1993

Brief Biography

Dr. Todd A. Finkle became the inaugural Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University in 2010 and has been an entrepreneur, author, consultant and speaker. Dr. Finkle’s  academic experience includes teaching entrepreneurship & strategy for 20+ years at 4 different universities. He has consulted with hundreds of start-ups, governments from all over the world, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations and built two entrepreneurship programs. One became a nationally ranked program where he was the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. His industry experience includes growing up in a family business, working for a variety of small businesses and a Fortune 500 Corporation. He has been an entrepreneur of four businesses and co-founded a non-profit with six other universities that provided free entrepreneurship education for students. This venture won a national teaching award. He has published and/or presented over 190+ articles and grants on entrepreneurship. Warren Buffett invited Dr. Finkle to visit him twice. The first time Finkle wrote an in-depth case study on Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway over two years and received a letter from Buffett within 10 days. The second time, with Dr. Paul Buller, they assigned a project to entrepreneurship students to create new products, which eventually led Buffett to invite Gonzaga University to visit him. This visit led to an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. As a result of these activities 47 students were able to spend a day with arguably the smartest business mind in the world, Warren Buffett, where they learned lessons about life and business. Other honors include: runner-up for the most innovative entrepreneurship educator in the world by the Academy of Management & a MOOT CORP® Fellow through the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Publications

Finkle, T.A. (2013). Trends in the field of entrepreneurship from 1989-2011. (In Press at the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education).

Finkle, T.A. (2013). Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Case of H. Wayne Huizenga. (In Press at the Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies).

Buller, P.F. & Finkle, T.A. (2013). An innovative model of entrepreneurship education: The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 16, 113-132.

Finkle, T.A., Menzies, T.V., Kuratko, D.F. & Goldsby, M. (2013). An examination of the financial challenges of entrepreneurship centers throughout the world. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 26, 1, 67-85.

Finkle, T.A. (2012). Lessons Learned from Leading Entrepreneurs: Cases in Business and Entrepreneurship. ISBN: 9780615522777. Finkle & Associates, LLC. Spokane, WA.

Finkle, T.A. (2012). Instructor's Manual for Lessons Learned from Leading Entrepreneurs: Cases in Business and Entrepreneurship. ISBN: 9781463797157. Finkle & Associates, LLC, Spokane, WA.

Finkle, T.A. & Scoresby, R. (2012). Larry Ellison & Oracle Corporation. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 18, 7, 111-126.

  • Richard Scoresby and I wrote this case while he was a graduate assistant and student of mine at Gonzaga. He was accepted into the Ph.D. program in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at Texas A&M in 2013.

Finkle, T.A., Menzies, T.V., Kuratko, D.F., & Goldsby, M.G. (2012). Financing activities of entrepreneurship centers in the United States, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, 23, 2, 48-64.

Finkle, T.A. (2012). Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Silicon Valley: The Case of Google, Inc., Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 36, 4, 863-884.

Finkle, T.A. (2012). Trends in the market for entrepreneurship faculty from 1989 to 2010. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 15, 21-40.

Finkle, T.A. & Buller, P.F.  (2012). Wisdom from Warren Buffett. Research in Higher Education Journal. 16, 1-10.

Mallin, M. & Finkle, T.A. (2011). Product Portfolio Analysis: The Case of Apple, Inc. Journal of International Academy for Case Studies, 17, 7, 63-74.

Finkle, T.A. (2011). Richard Branson and Virgin, Inc. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 17, 5, 109-122.

Finkle, T.A. & Mallin, M. (2011). Ethical considerations of sales channel selection in the field of entrepreneurship. Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship, 1, 1, 27-40.

Finkle, T.A. (2010). Warren E. Buffett & Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 16, 5, 61-88.

Finkle, T.A. & Mallin, M. (2010). Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 16, 7, 31-40.

Thomas, A., Finkle, T.A., & Wilkinson, T. (2010). Timko export management company: The dynamics of international entrepreneurship. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 16, 1, 57-72

Finkle, T.A. (2010). Lessons Learned from the "Oracle of Omaha" Warren Buffett. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2, March, 1-10.

Finkle, T.A. (2010). Entrepreneurship education trends. Research in Business & Economics Journal, February, 1, 35-53.

Finkle, T.A., Soper, J.C., Fox, D., Reece, J., & Messing, J. (2009). Constructing an innovative model of entrepreneurship education through regional collaboration. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 12, 43-68.

Stez, P., Finkle, T.A., & O'Neil, L. (2008). A-1 lanes & the currency crisis of the East Asian tigers.Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 32, 2, 369-384.