SEO PhD Program Graduate Students
Becca Arwine entered the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations program in 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, she worked as an assistant director in the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University, as well as spent time in the marketing analytics space. Her research interests include entrepreneurial cognition, identity, and social entrepreneurship.
Ace Beorchia entered the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations program in 2018. Prior to joining the program, he earned his B.A. in International Business and his M.S. in Sociology from Utah State University.
His research largely focuses on the social, cultural, and relational aspects of entrepreneurship. Particularly, he researches minority and underrepresented entrepreneurship by studying the institutional norms and rules that shape the entrepreneurial process for particular groups of entrepreneurs. Additionally, he studies how external actors influence the entrepreneurial process and identity.
Jaewoo Jung joined the SEO program in the Fall of 2017.
His research interests are at the intersection of organizational theory, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He seeks to understand how executives/entrepreneurs determine their innovation strategies based on bounded rationality. More specifically, he studies why and how decision-makers engage in specific types of innovation strategies during adverse situations.
Jaewoo received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Inha University in Korea, and his Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to entering the doctoral program, he worked as a senior research officer at a government-funded research organization in Korea.
Tan Kim entered the SEO program in fall 2020.
His research interests center on the social evaluation and behavioral strategy of organizational actors. More specifically, he is interested in examining how social and political factors affect executives in the organization and their stakeholders’ behavior based on the construction of reputation, celebrity and social capital. His current research focuses on how conformity to a particular archetype increases the likelihood of becoming a celebrity and how archetype conformity and degree of celebrity affect subsequent performance.
Tan earned his M.S. in business administration at Seoul National University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Before joining academia, Tan worked as an administrative officer in the Korean Academy of Management, a human resource specialist with GS Global Corporation, and served as an intelligence officer (first lieutenant) in the Republic of Korea Air Force. You can find out more about him on LinkedIn.
Ashley Roccapriore is a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations program, starting in fall 2018. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurship and small business from Auburn University and her MBA and Master of Science degree in marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Ashley worked as a senior financial analyst and team lead, as well as with numerous small businesses and start-ups, including her own. Her primary research interests include how stakeholders (i.e., investors, employees and customers) make decisions, both static and dynamic, about entrepreneurs. Her dissertation uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the role investors' background, experiences and interactions with other investors play in their decision to fund an entrepreneur's venture. She is also interested in the effect of firm and investment failure, interpersonal relationships, the role of context in decision making and the influence and implications of diversity and inclusion for new ventures. You can find out more about her on LinkedIn or her website.
Gavin Williamson is a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Organization program, entering in fall 2020. He received his B.A in business administration with a minor in entrepreneurship from Lycoming College.
Prior to joining the program, Gavin worked in various roles in nonprofits and freelanced as a GMAT tutor.
Gavin’s research focuses on how entrepreneurs, managers and stakeholders make decisions, especially about each other, in light of mental and interpersonal constraints.
Nataliia Yakushko entered the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Organizations Ph.D. program in 2021. She received her MBA from Valdosta State University and her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Nataliia was managing a family entertainment center in Valdosta, GA.
Her research interests center on strategic decision-making processes, strategic entrepreneurial orientation and innovation. She is interested in the impact of policy on business performance and entrepreneurs’ founding and other critical business decisions.