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Research Council

Formed in 2014 with an objective of advancing the quality and quantity of UT generated research on entrepreneurship and innovation, the Anderson Center Research Council is comprised of eight faculty members from across UT’s Knoxville campus.

The duties of the Research Council are:

  1. Advise the research director on policy matters relating to advancing the quality and quantity of UT generated research on entrepreneurship and innovation.
  2. Serve as judges for the Anderson Center’s annual research proposal and research paper competitions.
  3. Foster a climate supporting high quality, multidisciplinary research in entrepreneurship and innovation by participating in brown bag presentations and outside speakers relating to entrepreneurship and innovation.
  4. Host outside speakers on topics of interest to faculty and doctoral students. Each member of the Research Council is given the opportunity to host one speaker annually.

Members of the Research Council are:

Neeraj Bharadwaj, Ph.D.

Neeraj Bharadwaj joined the University of Tennessee faculty in Fall 2013 as an assistant professor of marketing. He holds a Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Bharadwaj’s scholarly pursuits strive to combine academic rigor with practical relevance, and often explore the interface between marketing and other disciplines. He investigates such topics as marketing accountability, firm capabilities and methodologies for competing in the era of big data, and customer-focused enterprises. He has been recognized for his research activity, and his articles appear in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Marketing Letters among others. He has also written several Harvard Business School Publishing case studies that bring his academic research into the classroom, and is the recipient of teaching awards for courses taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

T. Russell Crook, Ph.D.

Russell Crook is an associate professor of management in the Haslam College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in strategic management from Florida State University. His research concentrates on strategy and entrepreneurship topics related to why some firms perform better than others. His research has been published in publications such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration QuarterlyJournal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Operations Management, Organizational Research Methods, and Strategic Management Journal. Crook is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. Before receiving his Ph.D., he worked for American Airlines, US Airways, and IBM in a variety of capacities, including operations management, scheduling, strategic planning, and global procurement.

Brian Krumm, J.D.

Krumm is the Director of the UT Business Clinic and is a professor in the College of Law. Krumm has co-authored The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Handbook and is currently working on another book, A Transactional Matter, scheduled for publication in fall 2014.

Before joining UT, Krumm worked as an attorney, primarily representing small and medium sized businesses on matters of corporate governance, preparation of transactional documents and commercial and business litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Brian worked with Booz Allen and Hamilton Management Consultants in New York City and Washington, D.C. and held several senior management positions with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Krumm received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego, his MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Lee Martin, Ph.D.

Lee Martin is a clinical professor in the College of Engineering and is the program leader of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. He is a successful entrepreneur, holds 21 U.S. patents, authored the book “Techonomics” and is a mentor of many area entrepreneurs. While a student at UT in the 70′s, he received the highest student honor (Torchbearer) and he was recognized as the National Young Engineer of the Year by NSPE in 1986. He has received two Research and Development RD100 awards for innovation in product design and started a company that went public in the NASDAQ exchange creating technology for virtual internet home tours.

Charles H. Noble, Ph.D.

Charles Noble is currently the Proffitt’s Professor of marketing and director of the Marketing Ph.D. Program. He also serves as the vice chair for the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and is a member of the Faculty Research Network of the Center for Services Leadership at Arizona State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and MBA from Babson College. His research interests focus generally on design and development processes, as applied to both products and services. He has been published in many leading journals including theJournal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and many others. Charles has consulted for many organizations, primarily in the airline, retailing, consumer packaged goods, and commercial real estate sectors.

David Williams, Ph.D.

David Williams holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management from Georgia State University, an MBA in international business from DePaul University, and a B.A in international studies from Millikin University. His research centers on cognitive processes underpinning entrepreneurial decision making and behaviors that impact a firm’s growth, profitability, and survival. Specifically, his research focuses on entrepreneurs’ recognition and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities with a special interest in international opportunities and outcomes. Williams has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and international business at the University of Tennessee, Georgia State University, and Bradley University. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a consultant with an international SBDC to help small-to-medium sized companies expand internationally.

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