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 the Fall of 2020.
His research interests broadly center on corporate political behavior and sustainability in an uncertain environment. More specifically, his research examines how firms and entrepreneurs maintain high status as they deal with political aspects involving reputation, stakeholder management, corporate social responsibility, and non-market strategy. His research also addresses nascent entrepreneurs’ bricolage strategy and resource mobilization as micro-foundation for bricolage.
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 (1st lieutenant) in the Republic of Korea Air Force.
Trey Lewis is a PhD candidate 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).
As an entrepreneurship scholar, Trey is most drawn to research questions that address who becomes successful in the startup process, and the reasons for those outcomes. Specifically, he studies the actions that nascent entrepreneurs take (or avoid), why they do so, and the implications of these decisions for success in launching and building their firms.
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 also influenced his research interest in understanding how entrepreneurs/entrepreneurial firms overcome legitimacy and brand ambiguity challenges to attract employees. Trey Lewis is also a proud member of the PhD Project, which is supported by KPMG.
Ashley Roccapriore is a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations program, starting in the Fall of 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, she worked as a senior analyst and team lead at a large telecom company leading cost improvement initiatives for North America, as well as with numerous small businesses and start-ups directing marketing campaigns, customer retention strategies, and entrepreneurial growth plans. Her primary research interests include how stakeholders make decisions, both rational and irrational, about entrepreneurs, specifically in the investment context. She is also interested in the effect of failure, interpersonal relationships, and the role of context in decision-making.
Gavin Williamson is a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organization program, entering in the Fall of 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 on the side.
Gavin’s research interests include exploring how entrepreneurs and stakeholders engage with each other and unpacking the attitudes that influence how people take entrepreneurial action.