Todd A. Finkle, Ph.D.

Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship

Todd A. Finkle is a pioneer and innovator in entrepreneurship education and is the Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship. Todd is an entrepreneur, author, consultant, speaker, and volunteer assistant high school basketball coach. He has consulted with...

Dr. Todd A. Finkle

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.B.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison

B.S., Life Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Courses Taught

BENT 490: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

BENT 491: Creating New Ventures

BUSN 491: Startup Accelerator

BENT 492: Technology Entrepreneurship (Assist)


Todd A. Finkle is a pioneer and innovator in entrepreneurship education and is the Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship. Todd is an entrepreneur, author, consultant, speaker, and volunteer assistant high school basketball coach. He has consulted with a wide variety of entities including: countries and universities from all over the world, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, franchises, family businesses, and non-profits. Todd has been an entrepreneur of five companies and co-founded a non-profit. Todd has published and/or presented 240+ books, articles, presentations, and grants on a wide variety of topics related to entrepreneurship. His research has primarily focused on technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial finance (financing and valuation), creativity, and innovation. He is especially passionate about learning and sharing examples of successful entrepreneurs, which led him to write a book entitled, “Lessons Learned from Leading Entrepreneurs: Case Studies in Business and Entrepreneurship”. The book contains case studies on several famous entrepreneurs including Steve Jobs (Apple), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), Wayne Huizenga (Waste Management, Inc., Blockbuster Entertainment, and Republic Industries). Todd created a relationship with Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway where he has brought six different groups of students to visit Buffett. The Wall Street Journal covered one visit where some of his students appeared on the front page. Todd has won a national teaching award through United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), was a runner-up for the most innovative entrepreneurship educator in the world by the Academy of Management (AOM), and is a MOOT CORP® Fellow through the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He has founded two entrepreneurship programs, including the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Gonzaga University, which is open to all students. Todd’s true passion is working with and helping people.

Books

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.

“Selected” Peer- Refereed Journal Publications

Finkle, T.A. & Katragadda, M. (2017). An examination of faculty salaries between the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship. 1-47.

Finkle, T.A. & Katragadda, M. (2017). Opportunities in entrepreneurship education. Global Journal of Entrepreneurship, 64-79.

Finkle, T.A. (2016). An examination of job opportunities, candidates, and salaries in the field of entrepreneurship. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 19, 1, 1-33.

Finkle, T.A. (2016). A current look at salaries and faculty demand within the field of entrepreneurship. Journal of Applied Management & Entrepreneurship, 21, 2, 45-69.

Finkle, T.A. & Shrader, M. (2015). Creative achievement and intelligence in student entrepreneurs. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 18, 2, 1-17.

Finkle, T.A. & Shrader, M. (2015). Creativity exercises in the field of entrepreneurship. Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, 1, 3, 35-41.

Finkle, T.A. (2015). An examination of the job market for entrepreneurship faculty from 1989 to 2014. Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, 26, 3, 55-78.

Finkle, T.A. (2014). Andrew Mason & Groupon, Inc. Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies, 20, 1, 33-43.

Finkle, T.A. & Masters, E. (2014). Do MOOCs pose a threat to higher education? Research in Higher Education Journal, (October), 26, 1-10.

Mallin, M., Ragland, C., & Finkle, T.A. (2014). The proactive behavior of younger salespeople: Antecedents and outcomes. Journal of Marketing Channels, (October) 21, 4, 268-278.

Finkle, T.A. (2013). AdRoll: A case study of entrepreneurial growth. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 16, 1, 48-51.

Finkle, T.A. (2013). Job opportunities for faculty in the field of entrepreneurship. Journal of Applied Management & Entrepreneurship, 18, 3, 94-112.

Finkle, T.A. (2013). Trends in the market for entrepreneurship faculty from 1989-2011. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 16, Special Issue, 59-76.

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

Finkle, T.A. (2013). Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Case of H. Wayne Huizenga. Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies, 19, 3, 71-85.

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. & Scoresby, R. (2012). Larry Ellison & Oracle Corporation. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 18, 7, 111-125.

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). Apple Inc.: Product Portfolio Analysis. Journal of the 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, 109-121.

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, 57-71.

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.

Stetz, 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.

Finkle, T.A. (2007). Trends in the market for entrepreneurship faculty from 1989-2005. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 10, 1-25.

Finkle, T.A., Stetz, P., & Mallin, M. (2007). Perceptions of tenure requirements & research records of entrepreneurship faculty earning tenure: 1964-2002. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 10, 101-125.

Mallin, M. & Finkle, T.A. (2007). Social entrepreneurship & direct marketing. Direct Marketing: An International Journal, 1, 2, 68-77.

Finkle, T.A., Kuratko, D.F., & Goldsby, M. (2006). An examination of entrepreneurship centers in the United States: A national survey. 50th Anniversary Special Issue of the Journal of Small Business Management, 44, 2, 184-206.

Finkle, T.A., Blose, L., & Lamb, R. (2005). Insider trading around new drug approvals. Journal of Private Enterprise, Fall, 21, 1, 75-99.

Finkle, T.A. (2002). The Crowne Inn: The case of a family business under turmoil. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 8, 1, 51-64.

Finkle, T.A. & Lamb, R. (2002). A comparative analysis of the performance of emerging versus nonemerging industry initial public offerings. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 5, 1, 27-38.

Finkle, T.A. & Deeds, D. (2001). Trends in the market for entrepreneurship faculty during the period 1989-1998. Journal of Business Venturing, 16, 6, 613-630. (This was the 6th most requested entrepreneurship article in 2001)

Finkle, T.A., Figler, R.A., & Dunning, K.A. (2001). West Point Market: Managing a challenge from the EEOC. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 25, 3, 71-88.

Finkle, T.A., Krovi, R., Kahai, P., Dunning, K., & Vijayaraman, B.S. (2000). Impact of E-Commerce on entrepreneurs & small businesses: Opportunities, changes, & strategies. Entrepreneurial Executive, 5, 57-82.

Finkle, T.A. & French, D.W. (2000). An examination of initial public offerings in the “high flying” internet industry. Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, 12, 1, 19-30.

Finkle, T.A. (1998). The relationship between boards of directors and initial public offerings in the biotechnology industry. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 22, 3, 5-29.

Finkle, T.A. (1998). Beano’s ice cream shop. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 23, 1, 87-100.

Finkle, T.A. & French, D. (1998). The performance of initial public offerings in the biotechnology industry. Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, 10, 2, 51-59.

Finkle, T.A. & Greenwood, P. (1996). Should I buy the jerry's famous frozen desserts chain?” Small Business Forum, 14, 1, 6-17.

Klose, A. & Finkle, T.A. (1995). Service quality & the congruence of employee perceptions & customer expectations: The case of an electric utility. Psychology & Marketing, 12, 7, 637-646.

Finkle, T.A. (1995). Lessons learned from blockbuster entertainment. NBDC Report, June, 1-4.

Finkle, T.A., Marquardt, R., & Klose, A. (1993). Activity of small businesses in Nebraska. Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, 5, 2, 111-122.