Jaewoo Jung entered the Ph.D. Program in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations in fall of 2017. He received his Master degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. He completed a bachelor's degree in business at Inha University in South Korea. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he worked for Korea Labor Institute as a research officer. His research interests include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial orientation, and workplace conflict.
Trey Lewis is a PhD student in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations in the Haslam College of Business and entered the program in Fall 2017. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Lewis earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and his Master of Science in Education degree in Human Resource Development, both from James Madison University (VA).
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Lewis’ work within higher education spans almost 15 years in areas including academic advising, multicultural affairs, diversity education, and career services. Most recently, Lewis served as the Executive Director of the Career Development Center at the University of Louisville and is credited with reimagining the work of career services and synergizing efforts around this initiative at the university. These professional experiences have largely influenced his research interest in intrapreneurship and innovation within firms. Trey Lewis is also a proud member of the PhD Project which is supported by KPMG.
Mike Lerman entered the Organization and Strategy program in fall of 2015. While obtaining a Masters in Accounting at Illinois State University, he managed a local restaurant, which led him to speculate ways in which business can be improved. Mike’s research lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. More specifically, he is interested in the role of entrepreneurs’ perceptions of stress (appraisal) in influencing matters relevant to a business venture or to an entrepreneur’s well-being.
Tracie is a doctoral student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Organizations program in the Haslam College of Business and an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. Originally from Springfield, VA, she entered the program in the Fall of 2017. Tracie has a B.S. in Accounting from Elon College, North Carolina and an M.S. in Management from Troy University, Alabama. Prior to entering the doctoral program, she served on the U.S. Air Force Academy faculty in the Department of Management. Tracie earned her commission in 2001 through Officer Training School and began her military career as an acquisition officer. She's also served as munitions and aircraft maintenance officer. Her research interests include entrepreneurial intentions and entrepreneurial behavior.
Nick A. Mmbaga, a PhD student in Organizations and Strategy, comes to the Haslam College of Business from the middle Tennessee region. Nick joined the University of Tennessee in 2015; he is an entrepreneur and co-founded his family business which now employs over 130 people in seven Tennessee counties. Mr. Mmbaga interests include psychology of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behavior and entrepreneurial identities. He completed his bachelor's degree in finance at Middle Tennessee State University and holds an MBA concentrated in healthcare from Belmont, University in Nashville, TN. Mr. Mmbaga is a proud member of the Phd Project, Nashville Entrepreneurship Center and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.
Erika Williams entered the PhD program in Organizations and Strategy in the fall of 2014. She completed a master's degree at the University of Illinois and her undergraduate work at Eastern Illinois University. Erika's research interests include entrepreneurship, positive psychology, and creativity.
Justin (Jiaju) Yan
Justin is a third year PhD candidate of strategy, entrepreneurship, and organization at the Management Department of Haslam College of Business. He entered the SEO program in Fall 2015 after received MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in international business from University of International Business and Economics at China, in 2012. Prior to entering the doctoral program, he worked as financial analyst at Bloomberg L.P. and he is a level III Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate. In accordance to his strong analytical skills, finance, and international business background, his main research interests include international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial internationalization, entrepreneurial persistence/exit, and international business/global strategy.
Justin (Jiaju) Yan