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Chris Courtney
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
A native Buffalonian, Christopher Courtney received his MBA and Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo (UB). His research and teaching interests lie at the interface of entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic management. Chris was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Ph.D. Student Research Excellence, awarded to a senior UB School of Management doctoral student who has demonstrated exceptional research and the highest potential as a scholar, based on journal publications, research awards, presentations, and papers at top conferences. Chris was awarded the prestigious and highly selective Western New York Prosperity Fellowship and Arun Jain Fellowship, obtaining funding of over $160,000. Chris's recent research focuses on crowdfunding's potential to help entrepreneurs fund early-stage ventures where traditional financing is not available. Much of his research is based on information economics and information asymmetry. Innovative products rarely result from isolated sparks of genius; instead, they evolve and develop through interaction, collaboration, and knowledge exchange. His research focuses on this process, including how entrepreneurs acquire resources, learn about product-market fit, and utilize open innovation and community-driven crowdsourcing in their innovation process. His work is published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, one of the leading entrepreneurship journals. He also worked with the Kauffman Foundation to develop an industry report on entrepreneurial financing titled "Changing Capital: Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance." His research has gained media attention and is featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Newsday, and Crowdfund Insider. Before returning to school he gained nine years of experience as an entrepreneur, providing reverse logistics, e-commerce, and remanufacturing solutions to larger retailers. He served as an adjunct instructor in the computer science department at Niagara County Community College and taught entrepreneurship and strategy at UB. He previously served on the board of directors for the Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. He and his family served as the Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes, on the Family Advisory Council at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and as volunteers (including commercial appearances) for Wings Flights of Hope, a local non-profit organization that provides free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. Chris has worked at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency in the International Program, helping small businesses expand internationally. He completed a two-year professional development program and is now LeaderCORE certified at the Role Model level.
B.S., University at Buffalo
M.B.A., University at Buffalo
Ph.D., University at Buffalo
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(804) 287-1821