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Dr. William Wales
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JMU Faculty Bill WalesAssistant Professor of Management


The world is in desperate need of entrepreneurs. Today roughly 6.4 billion human beings share our planet. This number is projected to grow to over 9.0 billion by the year 2050. The necessary allocation and management of finite resources just to sustain human existence will be staggering. The goal of improving the quality of life, especially in the neediest locations, will require a determined effort beyond the comprehension of even the single smartest person alive. Think of the systems required for providing clean water, available food, peaceful conflict resolution, communication, education, transportation, health care and shelter to nine billion people, along with the required energy to get it done. The challenges are great. But so are the opportunities. Students in my classes will learn the theoretical basis behind the entrepreneurial problem-solving process of converting innovative ideas into sources of new societal value.  They will learn how to unleash their creative potential to solve the important problems they encounter within their personal lives, their communities, and the global world we all share.

Ph.D. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lally School of Management & Technology – Management; Specialization in Entrepreneurship

M.S. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Industrial & Management Engineering

B.S. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Information Technology

Research and Professional Interests:
Entrepreneurial Orientation
Corporate Entrepreneurship & Renewal
Strategic Behavior & Strategy Formulation

Current Courses Taught:
MGT 372 – Entrepreneurship
MGT 420 – Mangement of Technology and Innovation
MBA 605 – Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation 

Key Publications:

Wales, W. J., Patel, P., & Lumpkin, G. T. (forthcoming). In Pursuit of Greatness: CEO Narcissism, Entrepreneurial Orientation, and Firm Performance Variance. Journal of Management Studies.

Wales, W. J., Wiklund, J., & McKelvie, A. (forthcoming). What about new entry? Examining the theorized role of new entry in entrepreneurial orientation research. International Small Business Journal.

Mousa, F., Bierly, P., & Wales, W. J. (forthcoming). Different Strokes: IPO Risk Factors, Investor Valuation, and Firm Survival. Journal of Management & Organization. 

Wales, W. J., Parida, V., & Patel, P. (2013). Too Much of a Good thing? Absorptive Capacity, Firm Performance, and the Moderating Role of Entrepreneurial Orientation. Strategic Management Journal, 34, 622-633.

Wales, W. J., Patel, P., Parida, V., & Kreiser, P. (2013). Non-linear Effects of Entrepreneurial Orientation on Small Firm Performance: The Moderating Role of Resource Orchestration Capabilities. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,7, 93-121.

Wales, W. J., Gupta, V., & Mousa, F. (2013). Empirical Research on the EO Construct: An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Research. International Small Business Journal, 31(4), 357-383.

Hornsby, J. S., Holt, D. T., Kuratko, D. F., & Wales, W. J., (2013). Assessing a Measurement of Organizational Preparedness for Corporate Entrepreneurship. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(5), 937-955.

Messersmith, J. G., & Wales, W. J. (2013). Entrepreneurial Orientation and Performance in Young Firms: The Role of Human Resource Management. International Small Business Journal, 31(2), 115-136.

Covin, J. G., & Wales, W. J. (2012). The Measurement of Entrepreneurial Orientation. Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 36(4), 677-702.

Cavazos, D., Patel, P., & Wales, W. J., (2012). Mitigating environmental effects on new venture growth: The critical role of stakeholder integration across buyer and supplier groups. Journal of Business Research, 65(9), 1243-1250.

Pattie, M. W., Parks, L. M., & Wales, W. J. (2012). Who Needs Security? Entrepreneurial Minorities, Security Values, and Firm Performance. Journal of Management Inquiry, 21(3), 319-328.

Mousa, F., & Wales, W. J. (2012). Founder Effectiveness in Leveraging Entrepreneurial Orientation. Management Decision, 50(2), 305-324.

Wales, W. J., Monsen, E., & McKelvie, A. (2011). The Organizational Pervasiveness of Entrepreneurial Orientation. Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 35(5), 895-923.

Lumpkin, G. T., Wales, W. J., & Ensley, M. D. (2007). Assessing the Context for Corporate Entrepreneurship: The Role of Entrepreneurial Orientation. In T. Habbershon & M. Rice (Eds.), Praeger Perspectives on Entrepreneurship, Vol. 3.

Positions Held:
Center for Entrepreneurship – Board Member and Director of Research

Department Student Events Representative - 2011 to present

Department Faculty Liaison - COB Center for Entrepreneurship - 2010 to present

Campus and Community Involvement:
COB Center for Entrepreneurship

My work experience includes working for a small-medium sized fuel cell research and development company, Plug Power, a large multinational corporation, GE Power Systems, and a governmental agency, the US Air force Research Laboratories Information Directorate. 

Personal interests: 
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, recreational sports, and lending a hand to those in need. I enjoy adventure sports and have been skydiving and white water rafting on several occasions



Curriculum Vitae, click here