Christopher E. Stevens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Acting Associate Dean

I am interested in how ideas are formed, organizations are created, and how those organizations create change in our world through the power of enterprise. I teach on topics in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, nonprofit management, strategic management,...

Christopher Stevens

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

M.B.A., International Business, Case Western Reserve University

B.S., Management, Northern Kentucky University

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

BENT 493: Social Entrepreneurship

BUSN 481: Strategic Management

MBUS 687: Current Issues in Entrepreneurship

MBUS 699: New Venture Creation


I am interested in how ideas are formed, organizations are created, and how those organizations create change in our world through the power of enterprise. I teach on topics in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, nonprofit management, strategic management, marketing and innovation, and leadership, and I focus on opportunities for my students to learn through practice. My research focuses on how organizations make sense of their identities, values, and missions, how entrepreneurs and their organizations confront failure, and how entrepreneurship can be used to make our world a more equitable and sustainable place.

JOURNAL ARTICLES (PEER-REVIEWED)
Stevens, C.E. (forthcoming). 90-second selling – An exercise in communicating value and persuading. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 14(4), pages TBD. (H INDEX: 21)

Cardon, M. S., Gregoire, D., Stevens, C. E., & Patel, P. C. (2012). Measuring entrepreneurial passion: Conceptual foundations and scale validation. Journal of Business Venturing, 28(3), 373-396. (H: 116) (Citations: 445*)
 
Pepper, M., Loroz, P. S., Patil, V. H., Stevens, C. E., & Buller, P. F. (2011). Towards a mission-centered business school: A process for engaging faculty and tracking progress. Journal of Jesuit Business Education, 2(1), 79-96.

Cardon, M.S., Stevens, C.E., & Potter, R.D. Misfortunes or mistakes? Cultural sense-making of entrepreneurial failure. (2011). Journal of Business Venturing, 26(1), 79-92. (H: 116) (Citations: 356)

Smith, B.R., Knapp, J., Barr, T.F., Stevens, C.E., & Canatelli, B.L. (2010). Social enterprises and the timing of conception: Organizational identity tension, management and marketing. Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, 22(2), 108-134. (H: 14) (Citations: 87)

Smith, B.R. & Stevens, C.E. (2010). Different types of social entrepreneurship: The role of geography and embeddedness on the measurement scaling of social value. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 22(6), 575-598. (H: 56) (Citations: 271)

BOOK CHAPTERS (PEER-REVIEWED)

Smith, B.R., Knapp, J., Barr, T.F., Stevens, C.E., & Canatelli, B.L. (2014). Social enterprises and the timing of conception: Organizational identity tension, management, and marketing. In J. Kickul, D. Gras, S. 

Bacq, & M. Griffiths (Eds.), Social Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Cardon, M.S., Stevens, C.E., and Potter, D.R. (2013) Misfortunate or Mistakes? Cultural Sensemaking of Entrepreneurial Failure. In D. Shepherd (Ed.), Entrepreneurial Failure. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Cardon, M.S., Stevens, C.E., and Potter, D.R. (2013). Misfortunes or Mistakes? Cultural Sensemaking of Entrepreneurial Failure. In D. Kuratko and M. Morris (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Smith, B.R., Stevens, C.E., & Barr, T.F. (2010). Social entrepreneurs and earned income opportunities: The dilemma of earned income pursuit. In A. Fayolle & H. Matalay (Eds.), Handbook of Research in Social Entrepreneurship (pp. 284-303). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Citations: 21)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED)
Stevens, C.E. (2020). 90-second selling -Getting to the “why” of a product or service. Competitive experiential exercise presented at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Godwin, L.N. & Stevens, C.E. (2010). How do good apples grown from good seeds?: Exploring the morally imaginative strategies of social entrepreneurs. Paper presented at the International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, Chicago, IL.

Buller, P.F., Patil, V.H., & Stevens, C.E. (2010). How are we doing? Modeling the progress of mission-related initiatives at a Jesuit business school. Paper presented at the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE) Conference, Milwaukee, WI. Cardon, M.S. & Stevens, C.