Tom Dean
Thomas J Dean
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise
Management
US Bank Faculty Fellow

Contact Information
Office Number: 226
Office Phone: (970) 491-7266

Bio
Thomas J. Dean serves as US Bank Faculty Fellow, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise at Colorado State University. Having authored some of the first articles and courses in environmental entrepreneurship, he is a pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship and sustainability. He focuses his programmatic and conceptual efforts on understanding business strategies and economic opportunities present in emerging social and environmental trends. He teaches in CSU’s Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise MBA Program, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise and School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He serves on the Board of Directors for VanDyne SuperTurbo, and has advised numerous start-up companies. He was elected as Chair of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division. During his tenure at the University of Colorado, he served as Academic Director at the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and founded the Sustainable Venturing Initiative, the Cleantech Venture Challenge, and the first sustainable venturing course in the United States. At the University of Tennessee, Professor Dean developed one of the first business school environmental management programs. Professor Dean teaches and consults in the areas of business strategy, entrepreneurship, and sustainable venturing. He has published over 50 manuscripts including articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Business Venturing. He also recently authored a textbook on Sustainable Venturing. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University, an M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Industrial Economics from the University of Colorado.
Education
Ph.D. in Strategic Management from University of Colorado, 1992
M.B.A. in Marketing from Oklahoma State University, 1987
B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University
Selected Articles
Strategic Responses to Social Movement Pressures: The Case of Clean Energy
Best Paper Proceedings of the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meetings, 2013
Sustainable Venturing: Entrepreneurial Opportunity in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy
Pearson Prentice Hall, 2013
Cases with a Conscience: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Global Challenges
Sustainable Venturing Press. Boulder, CO, 2011
Escaping the Green Prison: Entrepreneurship and the Creation of Opportunities for Sustainable Development
Journal of Business Venturing, Vol.25(5), pages 464-480, 2010
The Co-Evolution of Institutional Entrepreneurship: A Tale of Two Theories
Journal of Management, Vol.36(4), pages 974-1010, 2010
How Can We Know the Dancer from the Dance?
Journal of Business Venturing, Vol.25(2), pages 238-243, 2010
Toward a theory of sustainable entrepreneurship: Reducing environmental degradation through entrepreneurial action
Journal Of Business Venturing, Vol.22, No. 1, pages 50-76, 2007
Entrepreneurship as the Nexus of Individual and Opportunity: A Structuration View
Journal Of Business Venturing, Vol.21, No. 3, pages 286-305, 2006
Information Asymmetry and Investor Valuation of IPOs: Top Management Team Legitimacy as Capital Market Signal
Strategic Management Journal, Vol.26, No. 7, pages 683-690, 2005
The Temporal Nature of Growth Determinants in New Bank Foundings: Implications for New Venture Research Design
Journal Of Business Venturing, Vol.19, No. 6, pages 899-919, 2004
Environmental Regulation as a Barrier to the Formation of Small Manufacturing Establishments: A Longitudinal Examination
Journal Of Environmental Economics And Management, Vol.40, No. 2, pages 56-75, 2000
Stepping Towards Sustainable Business: An Evaluation of Waste Minimization Practices in U.S. Manufacturing
Interfaces, Vol.30, No. 3, pages 107-124, 2000
An Examination of the Impact of Initial Founding Conditions and Decisions upon the Performance of New Bank Start-Ups
Journal Of Business Venturing, Vol.15, pages 253-277, 1999
Differences in Large and Small Firm Responses to Environmental Context: Strategic Implications from a Comparative Analysis of Business Formations.
Strategic Management Journal, Vol.19, pages 709-728, 1998
Pollution Regulation as a Barrier to New Firm Entry: Initial Evidence and Implications for Future Research
Academy Of Management Journal, Vol.38, No. 1, pages 288-303, 1995
Books
Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth - Volume 11
chapter(s) Reconsidering the niche prescription for new ventures: a study of initial strategy and growth
Emerald Group, 2008
C E Bamford, Thomas J Dean, P P McDougall
The International Library of Entrepreneurship: New Firm Startups
chapter(s) Industry environments and new venture formations in U.S. manufacturing: A conceptual and empirical analysis of demand determinants
Edward Elgar, Editor P. Davidsson, 2006
Thomas J Dean, G D Meyer
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research
chapter(s) New Firm Entry and the Persistence of Profits: An Empirical Examination of the Competitive Disciplining Effects of New Ventures
Wellesley, 2005
Thomas J Dean, L Plummer, J Godesiabois
The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Management: Entrepreneurship
chapter(s) Market Disequilibrium
Blackwell Publishing, Editor M. Hitt and R. D. Ireland, 2005
Thomas J Dean
Venture Capital
chapter(s) The 'Living Dead Phenomenon' in Venture Capital Investments
Editor Busenitz, L. W., Sapienza, H. J., & Wright, M., 2002
J Ruhnka, H Feldman, Thomas J Dean
Research in Entrepreneurship and Management: E-Commerce and Entrepreneurship
chapter(s) Web-Based Versus Traditional Firms at IPO: A Comparative Analysis of Differences and Valuation, pages 1: 127-161
JAI Elsevier Science Ltd, Editor J. Butler, 2002
Thomas J Dean, B D Cohen
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2001
chapter(s) Top Management Teams and Investors' Valuation of Initial Public Offerings: An Examination of Web-Based and Non-Web-Based New Ventures
Babson College, Editor Bygrave, W. D., Autio, E, Greene, P.G., Brush, C.G., Reynolds, P. D., Davidsson, P., and Sapienza, H.J., 2002
B D Cohen, Thomas J Dean
Strategy and Organizations in Transition
chapter(s) Searching for Entrepreneurship Theory: Economic Disequilibrium Models as a Conceptual Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research, pages 3: 125-149
JAI Elsevier Science, Editor C.S. Galbraith, 2001
Thomas J Dean, C E Bamford
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 1997
chapter(s) Initial strategies and new venture growth: An examination of the effectiveness of broad vs. narrow strategies
Babson College, Editor Reynolds, P. D., Bygrave, W. D. Carter, N., Davidsson, P. Gartner, W. B., Mason, C. and McDougall, P. P., 1997
C E R Bamford, Thomas J Dean, P P McDougall
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 1996
chapter(s) Initial Founding Conditions and New Firm Performance: A Longitudinal Study Integrating Predictions from Multiple Perspectives
Babson College, Editor Reynolds, P. D. Birley, S., Butler, J. E., Bygrave, W. D., Davidsson, P. Gartner, W. B., and McDougall, P. P., 1996
C E R Bamford, Thomas J Dean, P P McDougall
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 1994
chapter(s) Pollution Regulation and Small Establishment Formations in U.S. Manufacturing Industries: A Longitudinal Analysis of Deterrent Effects
Babson College, 1994
Thomas J Dean, R L Brown, M De La Mater
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 1992
chapter(s) New Venture Formations in Manufacturing Industries: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis, pages 173-187
Babson College, Editor Churchill, N., Birley, S., Bygrave, W., Muzyka, D., Wahlbin, C., and Wetzel, W., 1992
Thomas J Dean, G D Meyer
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 1989
chapter(s) Venture Development in High Technology Firms: The Impact of Managerial Qualities Across the Organizational Life Cycle, pages 93-108
Babson College, Editor Brockhaus, R., Churchill, N., Katz, J., Kirchoff, B., Vesper, K. & Wetzel, W., 1989
Thomas J Dean, G D Meyer
Awards, Honors, and Grants
2004 National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Award for Excellence in Research on the General Topic of Entrepreneurship at the Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, for the paper entitled, 'New Firm Entry and the Persistence of Profits: from National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Award for Excellence in Research, 2004
2002 ETP Best Conceptual Paper Award at the 2002 Academy of Management Annual Meetings, for the paper entitled, 'Market Failure and Entrepreneurial Opportunity.' from Academy of Management, 2002
2001 Irene M. McCarthy Award for Excellence in Research on the topic of Internet-Related Entrepreneurship, for the paper entitled 'Top Management Teams and Investor's Valuation of Initial Public Offerings' presented at the 2001 Babson-Kauffman, 2001
1992 best article award in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice for the paper entitled, 'Determinants of New-Firm Formations in Manufacturing Industries: Industry Dynamics, Entry Barriers, and Organizational Inertia.' from Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Journal, 1992
Best paper award at the Western Decision Sciences 20th Annual Conference, 1991 for the paper entitled, 'The Executive Limit Scenario in High Technology Firms: An Organizational Life Cycle Perspective.' from Western Decision Sciences, 1991
1992 Competition for the Best Paper on Entrepreneurship and Innovation from New York University's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, for the paper entitled, 'A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis of Demand Determinants of New Venture Formations.' from New York University's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, 1992
National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award for Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education for Sustainable Venturing Initiative 2006. from National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, 2006
Honorable Mention, 2005 AOM Entrepreneurship Division McGraw Hill Teaching Pedagogy Award for course in sustainable venturing. from AOM Entrepreneurship Division, 2005
CU Boulder 2005 Environmental Award from the CU Environmental Center for promotion of sustainable business practices in the business school environment. from CU Environmental Center, 2005
Second Place for the 2004 National Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award, sponsored by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship from United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2004
Second Place for the 2002 National Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award, sponsored by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship from United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2002
AOM Entrepreneurship Division's Dissertation Award for Outstanding Research in Entrepreneurship-Independent Business, Sponsored by Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. from Academy of Management, 1994
Memberships
Academy of Management
Strategic Management Society
Presentations
Sustainability -- Questions for the Long-Term, Emergent Strategies and Educational Approaches
Symposium presentation at the 2008 Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Anaheim, California, 2008
Thomas J Dean
The Emergence of Cleantech: Venture Capital and the emergence of a new clean technology industry
All-Academy symposium presented at the 2007 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2007
Thomas J Dean, A O'Rourke, M Russo, A Meyer
Delivery System for Dreams: Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Symposium Presented at the Business as an Agent of World Benefit Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, 2006
N Krueger, Thomas J Dean, J Kickul, J Mair, A Nichols
Escaping from the Green Prison: An Evolutionary Game Theory Approach to the Formation and Transformation of Environmental Institutions
Conference on The Institutional Foundations of Industry Self-Regulation., Boston, Massachusetts, 2007
D Pacheco, D Payne, Thomas J Dean
Escape from the Green Prison: Pioneering Strategies for Competitive Advantage through Environmental Performance
2005 Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Orlando, Florida, 2005
D Payne, Thomas J Dean, D Pacheco
David vs. Goliath Round 2: Entry and the Persistence of Incumbent Profitability.
2005 Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2005
Thomas J Dean, L Plummer
Expanding the Domain of Entrepreneurial Action: An Exploration of Institutional and Coasian Entrepreneurs
2005 Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, Massachusetts, 2005
Thomas J Dean, D Pacheco
Sustainable Venturing: Capturing the Power of Entrepreneurship to Build a Sustainable World
2004 Sustainable Resources Conference, Boulder, Colorado, 2004
Thomas J Dean
Resources, Networks, and the Creation of Entrepreneurial Rents
2004 Academy of Management Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, August, 2004
S B Bach, W Q Judge, Thomas J Dean
New Firm Entry and the Persistence of Profits: An Empirical Examination of the Competitive Disciplining Effects of New Ventures
2004 Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, Massachusetts, 2004
Thomas J Dean, L Plummer, J Godesiabois
Escape from the Green Prison: Policy Entrepreneurship for Environmental Performance and Competitive Advantage
2003 Greening of Industry Network Meetings, San Francisco, California, 2003
D Payne, Thomas J Dean
Betting the Farm: The Effect of Prior Performance on the Framing of Strategic Rick Decisions
2002 National Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Denver, Colorado, 2002
C A Turner, Thomas J Dean
Entrepreneurial Satisfaction: A Test of the Job Characteristics Model
2002 Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Boulder, Colorado, 2002
L Schjoedt, Thomas J Dean
Top Management Teams and Investors' Valuation of Initial Public Offerings: An Examination of Web-Based and Non-Web-Based New Ventures
2001 Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Jonkoping, Sweden, 2001
B D Cohen, Thomas J Dean
Entry Strategies and the Growth of Bank Start-Ups in the U.S.: A Critical Examination of the Niche Prescription for New Ventures
ICSB World Conference 2000, Brisbane, Australia, 2000
C E R Bamford, Thomas J Dean, P P McDougall
Stepping Towards Sustainable Business: An Evaluation of Waste Minimization Practices in U.S. Manufacturing
1998 Southern Management Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998
Iain J Clelland, Thomas J Dean, J Thomas, C A Turner, Thomas J Douglas
The Locus of Strategic Decisions: Temporal Stability and Importance in New Ventures.
1998 National Academy of Management Annual Meetings, San Diego, California, 1998
C E Bamford, Thomas J Dean, T J Douglas
New Venture Strategic Responses to Regulatory Change
1998 Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, Massachusetts, 1998
C A Turner, C E Bamford, Thomas J Dean
Examining the relationship between institutional ownership and R&D intensity in the chemical industry: An innovative approach
1997 Southern Management Association Annual Meetings, San Diego, California, 1997
A S Dutta, Thomas J Dean
Impediments to Imitation and Rates of New Firm Failure
1997 National Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts, 1997
Thomas J Dean, C A Turner, C E Bamford
Initial strategies and new venture growth: An examination of the effectiveness of broad vs. narrow strategies
1997 Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, Massachusetts, 1997
C E R Bamford, Thomas J Dean, P P McDougall
Venture capitalist certification as capital market signal at IPO: A comparative investigation of venture capitalist and underwriter reputation effects
Babson College, Kauffman Foundation, Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2009
M Fitz, Thomas J Dean
Sustainability -- Questions for the long-term, emergent strategies and educational approaches
Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, 2008
Thomas J Dean
Structuration Theory: A Framework For Exploring the Entrepreneurship Domain
2002 National Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Denver, Colorado, 2002
Y Sarason, J F Dillard, Thomas J Dean
Market Failure and Entrepreneurial Opportunity
2002 National Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Denver, Colorado, 2002
Thomas J Dean, J McMullen
Opportunities Where We Thought None Existed? Entry Gateways and Rates of Independent Firm Formation in U.S. Manufacturing
ICSB World Conference 2000, Brisbane,, Australia, 2000
Thomas J Dean, G D Meyer
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