Russ Browder

Ph.D. Candidate - Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. Candidate - Entrepreneurship

Contact Information


Educational Background

  • MBA, Instituto De Empresa Bus Sch
  • MDV - Theology, Baylor University
  • BA - Communication Studies, Oklahoma Baptist University

Work Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Baylor University (August 2016 - Present)
  • Owner, Avila Bench Group (April 2016 - Present)
  • Director of Marketing, St. Jude Medical (January 2011 - August 2016)
  • Sr. Marketing Manager, General Electric (May 2007 - December 2010)
  • Communications Director, Medical Ministry International (October 2000 - August 2005)

Awards and Honors

  • Presidential Fellowship, Baylor University Graduate School (August 2016)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma (December 2006)
  • Dean's Class, IE Business School (December 2006)
  • Fulbright Scholarship, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (May 2005)

Licensures and Certifications

  • Public Speaking Trainer, SuccessWorks (2013 - Present)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt, St. Jude Medical (2012 - Present)

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management (March 2017 - Present)
  • Lifetime member, Fulbright Alumni Association (2014 - Present)


Russ Browder is a doctoral student with research interests in commercialization of innovation, technology start-ups and emerging markets. He received an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright scholar. He also holds a BA from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MDiv from Baylor University. During his 16 years of work experience, Russ served as a global marketing leader in health IT for General Electric, in medical devices for St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), and in development in the non-profit industry. As a practitioner, he is an executive coach and a co-founder of a technology start-up in Africa.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The Emergence of The Maker Movement: Implications for Organizational and Entrepreneurship Research," Journal of Business Venturing, (January 2019) (coauthors: Howard Aldrich, Steve Bradley).
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