The exceptional teaching from faculty and staff are what stand out in the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship. Our faculty and staff embody the passion, dedication, and excellence at the core of the center’s philosophy. In addition, the center has nationally recognized and committed tenured faculty who specialize in innovation and entrepreneurship. Faculty include full-time research professors and numerous instructors and advisors drawn from all Lundquist College departments. The following are general introductions to center staff and affiliated faculty members. For more detailed profiles, click on their names.
John Hull comes to the college from Nike, Inc., where he served as the first partner at its Sustainable Business and Innovation Lab. Hull brings with him ten years of experience in venture capital as well as a multiyear post directing a $500 million corporate strategic equity fund for Intel.
Nathan Lillegard, MBA '06, is a graduate of the program he now manages. Lillegard co-founded Floragenex; a genetic research company based on University of Oregon technology, developing the business plan through the Technology Entrepreneurship Program, raising capital, assembling a great team, and growing that business to profitability.
Amy Fortuna began working for the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship in 2008. Having graduated from the University of Oregon, she went on to work as a human resources representative for PeaceHealth for several years. She has a background in office and event management, and she and her husband started and have operated a local business for the past fourteen years. Fortuna supports the activities of the center, as well as the staff, students, faculty, and the center's community business partners.
Atanassov research interests are in the areas of corporate finance and technological innovation. Among his current projects, he investigates how the threat of hostile takeovers affects the innovative output of U.S. firms. Another of his studies analyzes how a firm's choice between arm's length and bank financing is related to the creation of novel innovations. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan and joined the Lundquist College of Business in 2006.
Henney teaches courses in auditing, taxation, financial accounting and entrepreneurial accounting. She joined the faculty in 2004 after twenty-two years as a practicing certified public accountant. During her professional career, she worked for accounting firms of all sizes, including running her own practice for nineteen years. Her clients ranged from "mom and pop" enterprises to multimillion dollar corporations. Henney holds a masters of taxation from Golden Gate University and a PhD in accounting from the University of Oregon.
Howard-Grenville studies processes of organizational and institutional change and has explored the role of routines, issue selling, and culture in enabling and inhibiting change. She is the author of Corporate Culture and Environmental Practice, which documents her in-depth study of a high-tech company, and coauthor or editor of two other books on industrial ecology. Howard-Grenville received her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her MA at Oxford University, and her BS at Queen’s University, Canada.
Meyer has made significant contributions to the center's research reputation through several National Science Foundation grants. Meyer's research focuses on corporate venture investing and the emergence of the nanotechnology investing community. He previously served as academic director for the center, and is regarded for his expertise on disruptive technologies and changes in the structure of industries, leading to the formation of cross-industry alliances and generating new organizational forms.
Murthy received his PhD and MA in business administration, as well as an MS in mechanical engineering, from The Ohio State University. His prior work experience includes faculty positions at Michigan State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has consulted with several Fortune 100 firms and taught in both general and custom executive education programs. His areas of expertise include supply chain management, new product development, revenue management, and operations planning and control
Nelson focuses on the evolution of knowledge diffusion networks, the commercialization of university research, and the measurement of innovation. With Tom Byers (Stanford University) and Dick Dorf (University of California, Davis), Nelson is the author of Technology Ventures. His doctoral dissertation on technology transfer won several awards and was named one of five inaugural Kauffman Foundation junior faculty fellows for promising research in the field of entrepreneurship. Nelson holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MS from Oxford University, and a dual BA from Stanford
Phelps has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1975. His areas of research and interest include the law as it relates to international business, entrepreneurial organizations, and sports marketing. Phelps is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association and has served as a municipal judge, city attorney, and legal counsel to numerous business organizations. He is also a small business owner.
Parmigiani's research involves firm boundary decisions, concurrent sourcing, vertical inter-firm relationships, and firm capabilities. Formerly a procurement manager, She worked in manufacturing industries for ten years and is certified as a professional purchasing manager (CPM). Parmigiani has received research grants from the Institute for Supply Management and the Sloan Foundation and was recently selected as one of three young scholars honored as a 2010 Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar. She serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Management and the Strategic Management Journal.
Russo is a renowned expert on sustainable and environmental business practices. He has published prolifically and his general research interests include entrepreneurship, mission-driven companies, technology and sustainability, and strategic certification. He has also worked as an energy planner specializing in commercialization of wind and solar energy. He holds a PhD and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS from Stanford and a BS from Columbia.
Stanko teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, management, and leadership. Her research revolves around the use of technology in organizations and the role it plays in virtual work, the management of multiple identities, and leadership in organizations. Recently, her research has been supported by the University of California, Irvine's Center for Organizational Research, the Center for Research on Information Technology in Organizations, and the American Association of University Women.
Tomcal joined the Lundquist College in 2006. He previously worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, for Mid-America Commodity Exchange, and for Arther Anderson & Co. He holds a master of accounting degree from the University of Oregon and a masters of education from Oregon State University. He teaches courses on entrepreneurial accounting and is a post-baccalaureate advisor.
Wilson teaches courses in marketing, entrepreneurship, business planning, and strategy. He is the founder of DL Wilson Consulting, providing consulting and management services to companies ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 corporations. Areas of expertise include the high-tech and professional services industries. He and his wife also own two business ventures in the areas of retail and agriculture. Wilson's past experience includes thirteen years with AT&T/US West Communications, and he was vice-president of sales and marketing for Palo Alto Software.
Ziedonis previously served on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She earned her PhD in business and public policy from University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research examines the value and strategic use of intellectual property, as well as broader aspects of technology and innovation management. Her studies have been published in top academic journals.