Ben Powell, PhD

Associate Professor - Tenured

  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
    Ph.D., Management (Comprehensive Exams in Strategy), 2003
    Dissertation Advisor: Johannes M. Pennings
    Dissertation Chairman: Sidney G. Winter
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
    M.A., Applied Economics and Managerial Science, 2000
    Thesis Advisor: Jeffery H. Dyer
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    M.B.A., General Management, 1994
    Practicum Advisor: Richard A. Bettis
    Honors: Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Universität Dortmund
    One year of Non-Degree Study in Environmental Science, 1988-89
    Full Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Princeton University
    A.B., Chemistry, 1988
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Frost Prize in Chemistry

Work Experience

  • Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
    Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, 2013-present
    Faculty Director, Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship, 2013-2015
    Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, 2007-2013
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, 2003-2007
    Instructor of Entrepreneurship, 2001-03
  • Heiniburg Corporation, Bangkok, Thailand
    Joint Venture Consultant, 1995-1997
  • Environmental Business Group, Bangkok, Thailand
    Founding General Manager, 1994-1995
  • Milliken & Company, Composite Fabrics (Air Bag) Division, Detroit, MI
    Program Engineer, 1991-1992
  • Milliken & Company, Kex Plant, LaGrange, GA
    Acting Plant Chemist and Shift Supervisor, 1990-1991

Recent Publications

Hsu, Dan K., Shinnar, Rachel S., and Powell, Benjamin C. 2014. "Expectancy theory and entrepreneurial motivation: A longitudinal examination." Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship 26(1): 121-140.

Shinnar, Rachel S., Hsu, Dan K., and Powell, Benjamin C. 2014. "Self-efficacy, gender and entrepreneurial intentions: A longitudinal examination." International Journal of Management Education 12(3): 561-570.

Powell, Benjamin C. 2013. "Dilemmas in Entrepreneurship pedagogy." Journal of Entrepreneurship Education 16: 99-112.

Powell, Benjamin C., Donohue, Joan M., Liang, Xiaoya, and Fox, Jeremy B. 2013. "Sales growth of Chinese private owned enterprises (POEs): An exploratory analysis." Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship 5(2): 104-121.

Tang, Zhi, Marino, Louis, Tang, Jintong and Powell, Benjamin C. 2010. "The value of organizational ambivalence for small and medium size enterprises in an uncertain world." British Journal of Management 21(2): 809-828.

Powell, Benjamin C. 2010. "Equity carve-outs as a technology commercialization strategy: An exploratory case study of Thermo Electron's strategy." Technovation 30(1): 37-47.

Powell, Benjamin C. 2010. "Structural inertia and the architecture of routines." Journal of Business Management & Change 5(1): 67-89.


SPRING 2016 - MGT 3800: International Management (All Sections)

PREVIOUSLY - ENT 3060: Opportunity and Entrepreneurship, ENT 3190: International Entrepreneurship, ENT 4650: Venture Creation, ENT 4680: Entrepreneurship Practicum

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship Pedagogy, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, Career Paths of Entrepreneurs, Application of Evolutionary Theory to Entrepreneurship, Organization Theory (Inertia, Interdependency, Uncertainty).

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Management

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8332

Fax: (828) 262-8685

Office address
4091Peacock Hall