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University of Tennessee

David Williams

William B. Stokely Faculty Research Fellow, Professor & Director of the Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations Program

Dr. Williams holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship  and Strategic Management from Georgia State University, an MBA in International Business from DePaul University, and a BA in International Studies from Millikin University. His research centers on cognitive processes underpinning entrepreneurial decision making and behaviors that impact a firm’s growth, profitability, and survival. Specific areas of interest include entrepreneurs’ evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities, internationalization, identity and experimental methods. Dr. Williams has taught courses in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, and International Business at the University of Tennessee, Georgia State University, and Bradley University.  Prior to receiving his PhD, he worked as a consultant with an international SBDC to help small-to-medium sized companies expand internationally.

To view Dr. Williams’ most recent publications, please visit his Google Scholar page.


2010 Georgia State University, Ph.D., Business Administration

2000 DePaul University, M.B.A., International Business

1997 Millikin University, B.A., International Studies


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