Steve Bradley

Faculty Advisor - Student Life Center/Campus Rec
T. Stevens Chair of Free Enterprise - Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
Professor - Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation

Contact Information

Fax:  (254) 710-1093
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98011
Waco, TX  76706
Office Location:  Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation 210.45

Office Hours

TTH 2-5 PM

Educational Background

  • MBA - Entrepreneurship, Indiana University Bloomington
  • PHD - Entrepreneurship, Indiana University Bloomington
  • MS - Entrepreneurship, Indiana Univ Bloomington
  • ME - Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University College Station
  • BS - Chemical Engineering, University Of Texas Austin

Work Experience

  • Professor, Baylor University (August 1, 2018 - Present)
  • Advisor, Waco Propane (May 2016 - May 2017)
  • Associate Professor, Baylor University (August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2018)
  • Associate Fellow, Ratio Institute - Stockholm, Sweden (June 2013 - Present)
  • Faculty Director - Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, Baylor University (June 2013 - December 31, 2018)
  • T. Stevens Chair of Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, Baylor University (May 1, 2013 - Present)
  • Co Owner, More Than a Teacher Central Texas, LLC (January 2013 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Baylor University (January 1, 2008 - July 31, 2014)
  • Lecturer, Baylor University (August 17, 2007 - December 31, 2007)
  • Chief Operating Officer, 1QUEST LEARNING, INC (February 1994 - December 2017)
  • President,, Inc. (1994 - 2007)
  • Founder/ Vice President, Materials Performance Inc. (June 1993 - August 2002)
  • Project Engineer, Law Engineering (1992 - 1993)
  • Research Assistant, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (June 1, 1991 - August 1, 1991)
  • Engineering Intern, MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION, Long Beach, CA (June 1, 1989 - August 1, 1989)

Awards and Honors

  • Robert & Robin Nitsche Outstanding Research Award, Baylor University Hanakamer School of Business (April 2018)
  • The E. M. and Thelma Stevens Chair of Private Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (June 2015)
  • Robert & Robin Nitsche Outstanding Research Award, Baylor University Hankamer School of Business (April 2014)
  • Associate Fellow Ratio Institute, Stockholm Sweden, Ratio Institute, Stockholm Sweden (August 2013)
  • Visiting Scholar Ratio Institute - Sweden, Ratio Institute - Sweden (June 2012)
  • Hankamer School of Business Young Researcher Award, Baylor University (2011)
  • Journal of Business Venturing Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Business Venturing (2010)

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • National Federation of Independent Business


Steven Bradley is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. He received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Business Strategy from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Steve has extensive practical experience as an entrepreneur as the founder and manager of numerous businesses in the areas of engineering consulting, real estate, and product development and sales. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Steve previously worked as an engineer for McDonnell Douglas and Law Engineering and has conducted research for 3M at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Steve’s teaching responsibilities are currently in the area of social entrepreneurship, economic development and research methods. He has played an important role in developing program strength in the areas of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship policy. His work has been published at the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, and the International Journal of Development. He has served on Editorial Boards for the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Policy for Innovative Entrepreneurship: Institutions, Interventions, and Societal Challenges,," Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, (June 2021) (coauthors: Phillip H Kim, Peter Klein, Jeffrey S McMullen, Karl Wennberg).

"Entrepreneurship and well-being: Past, present, and future," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 34, No. 4, (July 2019), pp. 579-588 (coauthors: Boris Nikolaev, Johan Wiklund, Nadav Shir, Maw-Der Foo).

"The Emergence of The Maker Movement: Implications for Organizational and Entrepreneurship Research," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 34, No. 3, (April 2019), pp. 459-476 (coauthors: Russell Browder, Howard Aldrich).

Simmons, S.A., Wiklund, J., Levie, J. et al. Small Bus Econ (2018).

"Experimental Evidence of Observed Social Media Status Cues on Perceived Likability," Psychology of Popular Media Culture, (August 2017), pp. 1-15 (coauthors: Jim Roberts).

"The Role of Spiritual Capital in Innovation and Performance: Evidence from Developing Economies," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 41, No. 4, (July 2017), pp. 621-640 (coauthors: Mitchell J. Neubert, Retno Ardianti, Edward Simiyu).

"When Money Buys Attention. The Influence of Poverty and Gender On Advice Centrality In Microlending Groups," Vol. 36(6), (October 2016), pp. Article 5 (coauthors: Hana Milanov, Rachida Justo).

"The Influence of Tax and Regulatory Policies on Entrepreneurs’ Evaluations of Opportunities.," Management Decision, Vol. 54, No. 5, (June 2016), pp. 1160-1182 (coauthors: Matthew S Wood, Per Bylund).

"Making the Most of Group Relationships: The Role of Gender and Boundary Effects in Microfinance Groups," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 30, No. 6, (September 2015), pp. 822-838 (coauthors: Hana Milanov, Rachida Justo).

"Environmental jolts," : John Wiley \& Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK, January 2015, pp. 1--3.

Bradley, S.W. (2015). Entrepreneurial Resourcefulness. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Management (eds C.L. Cooper, M.H. Morris and D.F. Kuratko).

"Roots, Reasons, and Resources: Situated Optimism and Firm Growth In Subsistence Economies," Journal of Business Research, Vol. 68, No. 1, (January 2015), pp. 127-136 (coauthors: Matthew S Wood, Kendall W. Artz).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

Wood, M., Welter, C., Artz, K. and Bradley, S.W. (2014), "Discerning Opportunity Types: Implications for Entrepreneurial Action and Entrepreneurship Education", Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 119-144.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Organizational Sponsorship and Founding Environments: A Contingency View on the Survival of Business Incubated Firms, 1994-2007," Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 56, No. 6, (December 2013), pp. 1628-1654 (coauthors: A. Amezcua, Matthew Grimes, Johan Wiklund).

"The Innovation Necessity: Evidence from Microcredit in the Dominican Republic," Journal of International Development, Vol. 24, (2013), pp. S112–S121 (coauthors: Kendall W. Artz, Jimmy Hulett).

"Capital is Not Enough: Innovation in Developing Economies," Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, No. 4, (June 2012), pp. 684-717 (coauthors: Jeff McMullen, Kendall W. Artz, Edward Simiyu).

"Swinging a Double-Edged Sword: The Effect of Slack on Entrepreneurial Management and Growth," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 26, No. 5, (September 2011), pp. 537-554 (coauthors: Johan Wiklund, Dean Shepherd).

"The Importance of Slack for Organizations Facing Tough Environments," Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 48, No. 5, (July 2011), pp. 1071-1097 (coauthors: Dean Shepherd, Johan Wiklund).

"Resources, Environmental Change and Survival: The Asymmetric Paths of Young Independent and Subsidiary Organizations," Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 32, No. 5, (July 2011), pp. 486-509 (coauthors: Howard Aldrich, Dean Shepherd, Johan Wiklund).

Bradley, Steven W.; Patel, Pankaj C.; McMullen, Jeffrey S.; and Parida, Vinit (2011) "SEARCHING WIDE OR DEEP? ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY, SLACK RESOURCES AND THE ROLE OF EXTERNAL SEARCH IN SMALL FIRM GROWTH," Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 31: Iss. 15, Article 1. Available at:

"Cutting the Apron Strings of Business Incubation Firms: Is the Liability of Newness…. A Liability?," Vol. 2011, No. 1, (March 2011) (coauthors: Alejandro Amezcua, Johan Wiklund).

"Self-employed or Employing Others? Pre-Entry Capabilities, Entrepreneurial Action, and the Learned Resourcefulness of Microcredit Firm Founders," Vol. 31, No. 19, (January 2011), pp. Article 2 (coauthors: Jeff McMullen, Adwin Atmadja, Edward Simiyu, Kendall W. Artz).

"Financial slack and venture managers' decisions to seek a new alliance," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 23, No. 4, (July 2008), pp. 465-481 (coauthors: Holger Patzelt, Dean A Shepherd, David Deeds).

Bradley, S. W., Garven, J. R., Law, W. W., & West, J. E. (2018). The Impact of Chief Diversity Officers on Diverse Faculty Hiring (No. w24969). National Bureau of Economic Research.

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Social Entrepreneurship, Human Emancipation, and the Dignity of Work," presented at the 17th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Bloomington, IN, November 2020 (coauthors: Lowell Busenitz, Maija Renko, David Townsend).

"Reconsidering the Nature and Role of Entrepreneurial Support Organizations," presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020, Vancouver, ON, December 2019 (coauthors: Brian Bergman, Donald Siegel, Susan Cohen, Ricarda Bouncken, Paige Clayton, Alejandro Amezcua).

"What Students Can Learn about Profits from the Poor - Teaching about Markets and Free Enterprise," presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020, Vancouver, ON, December 2019 (coauthors: Peter Klein, Siri Terejsen, John Parnell, J. Chris Leach, Stefan K. Sløk-Madsen, Stephen Gohmann, Mike Troilo, Eric Zhou).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Testing Theories of Entrepreneurial Opportunity: An Agent Based Model of Economic Growth," presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2020, Knoxville, TN, USA, December 2019 (coauthors: Per Bylund).

"Getting More from Less: The Role of Resourcefulness in Entrepreneurship," presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019, Boston, MA, August 2019 (coauthors: Trent Williams, Ted Baker, Gerry George, Violina Rindova, Johan Wiklund, Scott Sonenshein, Wes Sine, Eric Zhou).

"The Emergence of the Maker Movement: Implications for Entrepreneurship," presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019, Boston, MA, August 2019 (coauthors: Russell Browder).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Within and Between Effects of Member Characteristics: Extending Teams Theory to Entrepreneurs in Microcredit Groups," presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Knoxville, TN, USA, June 2019 (coauthors: Matthew Grimes, Hana Milanov).
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