Dr. Alex Stewart
Report from the Chair in Entrepreneurship
In 2019, I developed three new courses:
- BUSI 3630: New Venture Creation (with several real student ventures);
- BUSI 9308: New Venture Creation (with two venture starts continuing); and
- BUSI 8511: Strategic Business Plans for Social Ventures, an entrepreneurial strategy course for the master of business administration in social enterprise and entrepreneurship (MBA-SEE) program.
I was one of three instructors and the closing instructor for new venture business models in BUSI 7600 and BUSI 9027: Current Topics in Entrepreneurship: Sustainable Tourism Management, which focuses on real ventures in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
I was involved in four independent studies with outstanding MBA students who were chosen to work with the Creative Destruction Lab. I was also involved with two independent studies that involved a weekly doctoral seminar with two students, Farshad Amini and M.M. Baset Oli Mishkat, who were undertaking scholarly work on entrepreneurship. I also supervised Mr. Baset Oli Mishkat’s doctoral research.
I published an article, Entrepreneurship: A challenging, fruitful field for ethnography in the Journal of Business Anthropology, with Elizabeth Briody as first author. She was the in-house anthropologist for General Motors prior to bankruptcy and is now a consultant and author. I also wrote Family control, ambivalence and preferential benefits for the Journal of Family Business Strategy.
In the Engaging Ideas series, I gave two presentations: Participatory art interventions in rural Newfoundland and A model about family-controlled firms. These were related to my extensive fieldwork on ventures in the Bonavista area. At the 2019 Academy of Management conference in Boston, Mass., I presented in a professional development workshop called the Late Careers Consortium.
At the business faculty, I’ve been a member of the promotion and tenure committee, the supply chain management recruiting committee and the undergraduate review working group. I am also an advisory board member and collaborate regularly with the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship.