Steve Bradley

Faculty Director - Free Enterprise - John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor - Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-3921
Fax:  (254) 710-1093
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98011
Waco, TX  76798-8011
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation 210.07

Educational Background

  • PHD - Entrepreneurship, Indiana Univ Bloomington
  • MBA - Entrepreneurship, Indiana Univ Bloomington
  • ME - Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M Univ College Sta
  • BS - Chemical Engineering, Univ 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)
  • Faculty Director - Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, Baylor University (June 2013 - Present)
  • 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)

Awards and Honors

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

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

Simmons, S., Wiklund, J., Levie, J. Bradley, S.W. (2013) “

"Experimental Evidence of Observed Social Media Status Cues on Perceived Likability," Computers in Human Behavior, (August 2017) (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).

"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, (April 2015), pp. 822-838.

"Roots, Reasons and Resources: Situated Optimism as a Mediator of Opportunity and Firm Growth in Three Developing Economies.," Journal of Business Research, Vol. 68, (August 2014), pp. 127-136 (coauthors: Matthew S Wood, Kendall W. Artz).

"Discerning Opportunity Types: Implications for Entrepreneurial Action and Entrepreneurship Education," , June 2014 (coauthors: Matthew S Wood, Kendall W. Artz).

"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.

"Entrepreneurial Resourcefulness," , Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 2013.

"Environmental Jolts," , Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 2013.

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

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

"Competition, Resources, and Environmental Change: Asymmetric Paths of Young Independent and Subsidiary Organizations," , Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, December 2011.

"Searching Wide or Deep? Absorptive Capacity, Slack Resources and the Role of External Search in Small Firm Growth," Vol. 31, No. 15, (June 2011), pp. 1.

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

"Cutting the Apron Strings of Business Incubation Firms: Is the Liability of Newness…. A Liability?," (May 2011).

"Searching Wide or Deep? Absorptive Capacity, Slack Resources and the Role of External Search in Small Firm Growth," (2011).

"Self-employed or Employing Others? Pre-Entry Capabilities, Entrepreneurial Action, and the Learned Resourcefulness of Microcredit Firm Founders," (2011) (coauthors: Kendall W. Artz).

"Competition, Resources, and Environmental Change: The Asymmetric Paths of Young Independent and Subsidiary Organizations," Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 32, No. 5, (2011), pp. 486-509.

"The Importance of Slack for Organizations Facing Tough Environments," Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 48, No. 5, (2011), pp. 1071-1097.

"Financial Slack and Venture Managers' Decision to Seek a New Alliance," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 28, No. 4, (2008), pp. 465-481.

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Where Does Health Care Funding Count? The Moderating Role of Economic Freedom and Foreign Aid on Child Mortality," presented at the APEE, Cancun, Mexico, April 2015 (coauthors: Tara Funk).

"Nature, Nurture and Learning in New Venture Evolution," presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2014 (coauthors: Phil Anderson, Sharon Alvarez, Michael Lawless, Robert Burgleman).

"Bribery: Hindering or Facilitating Product Innovation? A Prisoner’s Dilemma Explanation for Entrepreneurship Across Emerging Economies," presented at the 2014 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, London, Ontario, June 2014 (coauthors: TUM, U. Alberta).

"Cooperation or Competition? Faultline Theory and Collaborative Efforts of Entrepreneurial Groups in Microcredit," presented at the 2014 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, London, Ontario, June 2014 (coauthors: Hana Milanov, Matt Grimes).

"Converting Technical Knowledge: Reconciling Internal and External Views of Firm Growth," Proceedings of the Strategic Management Society Special Conference, Copenhagen, June 2014 (coauthors: K Wennberg, D. Halversson, S. O. Daufeldt).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Running a Successful Center: It Takes More Than Good Scholarship," presented at the Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, April 2014.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Legitimacy, Ties and the Performance of Female Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Kenyan Microcredit," presented at the 10th Annual Stern/NYU Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, New York, October 2013 (coauthors: Hana Milanov, Rachida Justo).
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