Dr. Alex Stewart
Report from the Chair in Entrepreneurship
Field Research: I have made 15 field trips to the Bonavista area, conducting photo-ethnographic research on how people have created and are creating new value linked to the environment – cultural, historical, social and natural. I have also made one trip for comparison and possible future work to the Norris Point-Rocky Harbour area.
Although the impact will pale compared with the National Film Board and the Fogo Process, I am hopeful that this work will have three consequences: help to forge some new linkages among venturesome individuals; provide insights into ways that creative people have created new value; and generate theoretical insights with practical implications on rural development.
Dr. John Schouten, Dr. Natalie Slawinski and I will be exploring collaborative research on rural development, starting with a trip by the three of us to the west coast of the province in mid-May. I will be a panellist in a conference called, Telling a rural story: Mobilizing assets for vibrant communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Service: I am a member of two task forces, one on the undergraduate curriculum and the other on graduate programs. We are developing learning goals that fit an entrepreneurial university and learning experience. I am leading the exploration of the potential for an executive doctorate focused on Atlantic Canada. I am also an advisory board member of the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE), and a judge for various MCE competitions.
Teaching: Developing hands-on new venture courses has been a focus in teaching. Of the three winning teams in the last Mel Woodward Cup, two were led by students in my classes: Colton Etheridge (undergraduate) and Blaine Edwards (graduate).