SEO Ph.D. Program Graduate Students

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Becca Arwine

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 looks at the experience of early-stage entrepreneurship, with a focus on identity, community and well-being.

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Ace Beorchia

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.

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Eduardo Cuervo

Eduardo Cuervo joined the SEO program in fall 2022. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from UPAEP University in Puebla, Mexico, and an MBA and a master's degree in quantitative finance from Oklahoma State University. Before pursuing a career in academia, he worked in Mexico as an investment analyst and financial advisor in the banking industry. His main research interest focuses on the role that failed entrepreneurs play in the economy and in organizations. He also studies the benefits of reducing social penalties for failed entrepreneurs.

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Minji Kim

Minji Kim joined the strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations Ph.D. program in 2022. Prior to joining the program, she earned her B.A. in psychology and sociology and her M.A. in social psychology from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests broadly center on investigating the dynamic interplay between hierarchy and individual psychological processes. Particularly, her research examines the underlying mechanisms that affect why and how high-ranking individuals or firms maintain/pursue their high status. She is also interested in antecedents and consequences of high-status individuals’ unethical behavior.
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Tan Kim

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.

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Ashley Roccapriore

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.

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Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson entered the strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations program in fall 2020.  He received a B.A. in business administration with a minor in entrepreneurship from Lycoming College.  Prior to joining the SEO program, he worked in various roles in nonprofits and as a GMAT tutor. His research focuses on career trajectories and financial insecurity in entrepreneur and employee populations.

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Nataliia Yakushko

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.