David M. Townsend

Asst. Professor

Academic Area(s): Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Technology Management

Office Hours:
Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Or by appointment

Education:

Ph.D. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, 2008

M.Mgt. Oral Roberts University, 2004

B.A. Oral Roberts University, 1998

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Virginia Tech, 2014-Present

Assistant Professor/Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, North Carolina State University, 2008-2011, 2012-2014

Assistant Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship Division, The University of Oklahoma, 2011-2012

Selected Publications

Townsend, D.M. & Busenitz, L.W. 2014. Turning water into wine? Exploring the role of dynamic capabilities in early-stage capitalization processes. Journal of Business Venturing, In Press.

Townsend, D.M., Mitchell, J.R., Busenitz, L.W., & Mitchell, R.K. 2014. The eclipse and new dawn of individual differences research. Routledge Companion on Entrepreneurship, (Frederike Welter & Ted Baker, eds.), In Press.

Haines, H. & Townsend, D.M. 2013. Self-doubt and entrepreneurial persistence: How founders of high-growth ventures transform negative mental states to overcome self-doubt and persist with their ventures. In Andrew C. Corbett, Jerome A. Katz (eds.) Entrepreneurial Resourcefulness: Competing with Constraints (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth, Volume 15) , Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 94-124.

Townsend, D.M. 2012. Captains of their own destiny? Towards a theory of entrepreneurial agency in firm survival. Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth: Entrepreneurial Action Vol. 14. (Jerry Katz and Andrew Corbett, eds.), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.125-160.

Townsend, D.M., Busenitz, L.W., & Arthurs, J.D. 2010. To start or not to start? Ability and outcome expectations in the decision to start to a new entrepreneurial venture. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(2): 192-202.

Mitchell, J.R., Hart, T.A., Valcea, S., Townsend, D.M., 2009. Becoming the Boss: Discretion and post-succession success in family firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33(6): 1201-1218.

Townsend, D.M. & Busenitz, L.W. 2008. Factor payments, resource-based bargaining, and the creation of firm wealth in technology-based ventures. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2(4): 339-355.

Townsend, D.M. & Hart, T.A. 2008. Perceived institutional ambiguity and the choice of organizational form in social entrepreneurial ventures. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 32(4): 685-700.

Research and Teaching Interests Listing or 2 sentence paragraph of each.

My research focuses upon capital acquisition processes including crowd funding, angel investments, and venture capital. I also conduct research on growth strategies, organizational development, and CEO decision-making in technology-oriented companies. I maintain an active publishing stream in most of the top entrepreneurship and management academic journals and my research has been highlighted in business-oriented press outlets such as Gigaom.com/The New York Times.com, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch, TechJournal South, BizEd among many others.

Based on lessons learned from both my research and prior service in several entrepreneurial ventures, I teach a variety of courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation management, and data analytics.

Selected Honors & Awards

2012 Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award – Academy of Management

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Business Venturing: 2010 & 2011.

Management Department Research Key Word List

Strategic Management

International Business

Entrepreneurship

Technology Management

Organizational Theory

Human Resources Management

Organizational Diversity

Organizational Behavior

Social Issues in Management

Philosophy of Science

Research Methods

Performance Measurement and Evaluation

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