Deirdra-SchleicherWelcome to the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Ivy College of Business

Our department has been growing and changing rapidly in recent years by adding to our amazing group of faculty (both internationally known research scholars and accomplished practitioners) and offering new and innovative programs for our students. We are a department on the move, and we invite you to learn more about us through these pages.

Meet the Ivy College of Business Department of Management and Entrepreneurship faculty and staff.

Deidra J. Schleicher, Chair, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

Innovation happens here

Managing and leading and having an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking are fundamental to all business, especially in today’s complex and dynamic world. That is what our department is all about in terms of our strategic vision and operating philosophy, as well as the programs we offer students. We pride ourselves on having innovative faculty who produce innovative research, develop innovative programs, and train our students to be innovative.

Innovation starts with people and we have an incredibly talented group of faculty. They deliver on our research mission: making the world of business and the state of Iowa better through generating cutting-edge knowledge in management, entrepreneurship, and healthcare. They also deliver on our teaching mission: taking this cutting-edge research into the classroom to give our students a competitive advantage in meeting the challenges of the modern work environment. Our faculty come from some of the best PhD programs in the world, produce high-quality and impactful research that gets published in the best journals in our field, and have been successful entrepreneurs and business owners.

Our talented group of almost 40 faculty members has created some of the most innovative and fastest-growing new programs in the college, including healthcare management, human resource management, a master’s of entrepreneurship, and the fully online degree-completer bachelor of business administration (BBA) program. We have also revised and updated our majors in entrepreneurship and management in exciting ways. We have strong connections with the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and we leverage these connections in our entrepreneurship-related teaching and research. Our faculty are also some of the best teachers at Iowa State, with 85 percent routinely achieving teaching excellence designations by our students. In our department, strong scholarship and strong instruction go hand-in-hand, and our students benefit as a result.

What’s happening?

The Ivy College of Business Department of Management and Entrepreneurship hosts many events throughout the year including the Management and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

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Management and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

The Ivy College of Business Management and Entrepreneurship Speakers Series features scholars from around the country who visit campus to present their research in the fields of management and entrepreneurship.

Management and entrepreneurship department news

Paul Sanchez-Ruiz, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurshiphad his paper published in the Journal of Business Venturing. It was selected as the 2023 Lazaridis Award for the Journal of Business Venturing’s Best Paper of the Year.

Natallia Gray, assistant dean, and Jo-el Sprecher, director of patient experience and safety at Mary Greeley Medical Center, presented “Epidemic of Loneliness in the U.S.” at Iowa State University’s inaugural Healthapalooza event, an interdisciplinary, week-long competition aimed at creating positive change in community health.

John Meyer, associate professor of practice, participated in event planning and served as one of the judges for the inaugural Healthapalooza event at Iowa State.

Melissa Chamberlin, associate professor, had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior (Chamberlin, M., Nahrgang, J. D., Sessions, H., & de Jong, B.) “An Examination of Shared Leadership Configurations and Their Effectiveness in Teams.”

A publication co-authored by Paul Sanchez-Ruiz, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was cited in The Horizons Tracker article, “How Crime Affects Entrepreneurs.”

An article by Taylor Stoeckler, executive MBA coordinator, and Sam DeMarie, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship and director of the executive MBA program, appeared on the Women in Agribusiness website article “Career Corner: How to Know if an MBA is the Right Choice for You.

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Huiqing Ju, PhD student, and Annaleena Parhankangas, Kingland Systems Professor of Entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted for presentation at the 2024 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Munich, Germany. The paper is titled, “How Do Entrepreneurs and Investors Cocreate the Path to Equity Crowdfunding Success?”

John Meyer, associate professor of practice in management and entrepreneurship, was elected to join the board of the Iowa chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This will provide a wealth of connections for our healthcare programs and the college.

Kristie Moergen, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted at the Journal of Management (a departmental A and Ivy Elite journal). This paper falls within Kristie’s ethics-related stream of research and uses data on EPA violations. The paper, “Peer Response to Regulatory Enforcement: Lobbying by Non-Sanctioned Firms,” was co-authored with S. Kolomeitsev, J. Ridge, D. Worrell, and S. Kuban.

Archived news

Mike Lerman, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted at the Journal of Business Venturing Insights. The paper, “When the Going Gets Tough…: Stressors and Purpose in Life Among Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs,” was co-authored with S. Dwyer and D. Gras.

Paul Sanchez-Ruiz, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a blog post in the news blast of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. The Practitioner’s Corner post is titled, “A Professor’s Story, How One Moment Can Impact Your LifeLinks to an external site..”

Rita McClain, associate teaching professor of management and entrepreneurship, received the October Teacher of the Month award from Ivy Student Council.

Sophie Pychlau, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted at the Journal of Applied Psychology (a departmental A and Ivy Elite journal). The paper, “Self-Inconsistency or Self-Expansion from Wearing Multiple Hats? The Daily Effects of Enacting Multiple Professional Identities on Work Meaningfulness,” was co-authored with Hudson Sessions.

Yann-Guenter Queckenstadt, former lecturer in management and entrepreneurship and PhD student in hospitality management, successfully passed his final defense for his dissertation at the end of the fall 2023 semester. His dissertation title was “COVID-19 Impact on the Swiss Hospitality Performance: A Time Series Analysis on 4-star Hotel Arrivals Using Seasonal ARIMA with Intervention Analysis.” Congratulations, Dr. Queckenstedt!

Research by Kristie Moergen, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was featured in the article “Show, Don’t Tell: Attracting a Diverse Workforce,” published in the Iowa State Research Discoveries and Developments newsletter.

Natallia Gray, associate teaching professor of management and director of the undergraduate healthcare management program, was quoted in an article in the Iowa State Daily, College of Business and UnityPoint Health Team Up for Internship Opportunities.”

Natallia Gray, associate teaching professor of management and director of the undergraduate healthcare management program, was profiled in an article in the Iowa State Daily, Hospital Trustee Profile: Natallia Gray.”

Kaushik Gala, PhD student, and Brandon Mueller, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, had two papers accepted for publication:

  • “Students’ Assumptions of Entrepreneurs’ Performance: The Paradox of Excess Entry and Missed Opportunity,” co-authored with Carlos Valladares (’23 PhD) in the Journal of Business Venturing Insights.
  • “Religion and Entrepreneurial Exits: Divine Attributions and Eternal Time-frames,” in the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion.

Natallia Gray, associate teaching professor of management and entrepreneurship, had her article, “Teaching Root Cause Analysis in Healthcare Management with Grey’s Anatomy,” selected as the Best Teaching Brief in the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education in 2023.

Annaleena Parhankangas, Kingland Systems Professor of Entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (a departmental A journal). The paper, “A Sense of Risk: Behavioral Perspectives on Crowdfunding Risk Communication,” was co-authored with P. Shestra, J. Thewissen, and O. Arslan-Ayadin.

Andreas Schwab, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Management and associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, was invited to join the Journal of Management Research Methods Task Force as a designated methods reviewer.

Clay Thomas, assistant teaching professor of management and entrepreneurship, received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from two divisions at the Academy of Management (AOM) conference. He was recognized in both divisions for which he reviewed: healthcare management and organization and management theory.

Elle Yoon, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, and Scott Johnson, professor of management and entrepreneurship, were honored with awards from the research methods division at this year’s AOM conference:

  • 2022 RMD Best Professional Development Workshop Award Winner: “Endogeneity: Myths, Legends, and Facts – Second Annual.” Organized by Elle Yoon and Daniel Gamache (University of Georgia).
  • Scott Johnson was awarded the 2023 Sage Publications/Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award for “Endogeneity: A Review and Agenda for the Methodology-Practice Divide Affecting Micro and Macro Research,” published in the Journal of Management. The paper was co-authored with A.D. Hill, L.M. Greco, E.H. O’Boyle, and S.L. Walter.

Ileana Maldonado-Bautista, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship:

  • received an award for her dissertation from the Markets and Management PhD Dissertation Award Program.
  • presented two papers at the 2023 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC): “Entrepreneur Political Ideology Divergence and Stakeholder Strategy: The Role of Stakeholder Activism and Institutional Protection” and “An Influence of Entrepreneurs’ Positive Affect and Prosocial Behavior on Stakeholder Management Strategies.” Both were selected as two of the Top 40 papers and will be published in their entirety in the 2023 edition of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, BCERC Proceedings.

Kaushik Gala, PhD student, authored a paper with Andreas Schwab and Brandon Mueller, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, that has been accepted at the Journal of Business Venturing (a departmental A and Ivy elite journal). The paper is “Star Entrepreneurs on Digital Platforms: Heavy-Tailed Performance Distributions and Their Generative Mechanisms.”

Kristie Moergen, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had her Leadership Quarterly paper selected as a finalist for LQ’s 2022 Best Paper Award. The paper “Let’s Agree About Nice Leaders: A Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of Agreeableness and its Relationship with Leadership Outcomes” was co-authored with Andrew Blake, Vivian Luu, Oleg Petrenko, William Gardner, and Maira Ezerins. Read more.Links to an external site.

Laura D’Oria, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was invited to the Oxford (United Kingdom) Reputation Symposium, an invitation-only conference in the social evaluation space. During the conference, there will be a planning meeting for the upcoming Oxford Handbook on Organisational Social Evaluations, for which Laura will be a contributor. She is co-authoring a chapter on celebrity.

Marc Anderson, Dean’s Fellow in Management and associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted in Journal of Business and Psychology. The paper, “Determining the Hierarchical Structure and Nature of Servant Leadership,” was co-authored with P.S. Sun and H. Gang.

Mike Howard, Hilsinger-Janson Professor and professor of management and entrepreneurship, received the Academy of Management Journal Best Reviewer Award for 2023, announced at the AMJ Editorial Review Board meeting at AOM in Boston.

Mike Lerman, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had his experience sampling study on entrepreneur hustle selected by the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference for publication in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.

Natallia Gray, associate teaching professor of management and entrepreneurship:

  • had a manuscript, “Teaching Root Cause Analysis in Healthcare Management with Grey’s Anatomy,” accepted for publication in the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.
  • was instrumental in securing a Memorandum of Understanding with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines to create an internship partnership for Ivy healthcare management students.

Paul Sanchez-Ruiz, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted at the Journal of Business Venturing (a departmental A and Ivy elite journal). The paper is titled “Entrepreneurs as Prime Targets: Insights from Mexican Ventures on The Link Between Venture Visibility and Crime of Varying Severity.” Read more.

Yan Huang, adjunct assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had an article accepted for publication in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management. The paper “The Application of Real Option in International Business Research” was co-authored with Tailan Chi.

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Research at Ivy

Faculty members across every department at the Ivy College of Business consistently contribute to their respective fields by regularly publishing in top journals. Researchers are vital to finding solutions to today’s business challenges.

Get involved with entrepreneurship at Ivy

There are many ways to get involved at the Ivy College of Business and that includes management and entrepreneurship. Participate in one of the many student organizations at Ivy and take advantage of the opportunity to share your talents, make new friends, and contribute to the Ivy community.

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Entrepreneurship and innovation

Learn more about the business of entrepreneurship by participating in one of the many opportunities at Iowa State University and the Ivy College of Business.

Executive Advisory Council

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship Executive Advisory Council meets to provide advice concerning recruitment of students, the shaping of the curriculum, trends in the industry, and other priorities set by members of the council for our management and entrepreneurship programs and department.

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Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

2350 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011

Joni Walston

Assistant
jwalston@iastate.edu
515-294-8110

Deidra J. Schleicher

Chair, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
John and Deborah Ganoe Professor in Business
Professor of management and entrepreneurship

Mike Howe

Associate department chair for programs and students
Dean’s Fellow in Management
Associate professor in management
howe@iastate.edu
515-294-7208