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Franz T. Lohrke

Brock Family Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship

Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing

Brock School of Business

Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, AL 35229
Office: 219 Dwight M. Beeson Hall
Tele: 205.726.2373
Fax: 205.726.2464
ftlohrke@samford.edu
 
Specialty Areas
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic management
  • International business

Education

  • Flagler College (B.A.)
  • University of Iowa (M.B.A.)
  • Louisiana State University (Ph.D.)
Full Vita

Research Interests

  • Organizational slack
  • Liabilities of newness
  • Organizational decline and turnaround
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Strategic alliances
  • New venture and small business internationalization
  • Top management and new venture teams
  • Management history

Courses Taught (Fall 2006-Summer 2013)

  • BUSA 100, World of Business (Freshman Entrepreneurship Experience, team-taught)
  • ENTR 407, Opportunity Recognition (on-line) Syllabus
  • ENTR 485, Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 486, Social Entrepreneurship (team-taught)
  • MNGT 406/MARK 417, Topics in MNGT/MARK: International Strategic Issues
  • MNGT 481, Business Strategy
  • BUSA (MBA) 590L, Economic Development of Britain (in London)
  • ENTR (MBA) 555, Entrepreneurship
  • MNGT (MBA) 561, Strategic Management 
  • MNGT (MBA) 590, International Management
  • MNGT (MBA) 598, Topics in MNGT: Issues in Strategy and Technology Implementation

Courses Taught Previously

  • MGT 624, Ph.D. Seminar, Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship (University of Alabama) Syllabus
  • MGT 591, Ph.D. Seminar, Entrepreneurship: Theoretical Perspectives (University of Alabama) Syllabus
  • GBA 490, Strategic Management (University of Alabama)
  • EMBA 6607, Global Organizational Issues (Florida Gulf Coast University)

Recent Awards and Research Grants

  • Selected as one of Birmingham's #40tofollow in 2013 by the Birmingham Business Journal based on being one of the top business executives in Birmingham to use Twitter to connect with stakeholders and enhance my organization's reputation 
  • Awarded the A. Gerow Hodges 2013-2014 Faculty Research Fellowship
  • Selected as Best Case Reviewer, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 2011 
  • Awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago to study liability of newness and strategic alliance processes (with Professor Barbara Bird), 2008.
  • Received the 2012 and 2008 Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, Brock School of Business

Recent Journal Publications

Nagy, B. D., Blair, E. S., & Lohrke, F. T.  In press. Developing a scale to measure liabilities and assets of newness after start-up. Forthcoming in International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal

Nagy, B. D., Pollack, J. M., Rutherford, M. W.,  & Lohrke, F. T. 2012. Entrepreneurs' credentials and impression management behaviors influence on investors' perceptions of new venture legitimacy. Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 36: 941-965.

Lohrke, F. T., Ahlstrom, D., & Bruton, G. D.  2012. Extending turnaround process research: Important lessons from the U.S. Civil War. Journal of Management Inquiry, 21: 217-234.

Lohrke, F. T., Holloway, B. B., & Woolley, T. W. 2010. Conjoint analysis in entrepreneurship research: A review and research agenda. Organizational Research Methods, 13: 16-30.

Marino, L.D., Lohrke, F. T., Hill, J. S., Weaver, K. M., & Tambunan, T. 2008. Environmental shocks and SME alliance formation intentions in an emerging economy: Evidence from the Asian Financial Crisis. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 32: 157-183.

Tang, J., Zhi, T., & Lohrke, F. T. 2008. Developing an entrepreneurial typology: The roles of entrepreneurial alertness and attributional style. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 4: 273-294.

Smith, D. A., & Lohrke, F. T. 2008. Entrepreneurial network development: Trusting in the process. Journal of Business Research, 61: 315-322.

Lohrke, F. T., Simpson, G. W., & Hunt, D. M. 2007. Extending the bargaining power model: Eighteenth century lessons from Panton, Leslie and Company in managing political risk. Journal of Management History 13: 153-171.

Lohrke, F. T., Franklin, G. M., & Frownfelter-Lohrke, C. 2006. The Internet as an information conduit: A transaction cost analysis model of U.S. SME Internet use. International Small Business Journal, 24: 159-178.

Lohrke, F. T., Kreiser, P. M., & Weaver, K. M. 2006. The influence of current firm performance on future SME alliance formation intentions: A six-country study. Journal of Business Research, 59: 19-27.

 

Other Selected Journal Publications

Lohrke, F. T., Bedeian, A. G., & Palmer, T. B. 2004. The role of top management teams in formulating and implementing turnaround strategies: A review and research agenda.  International Journal of Management Reviews, 5/6: 63-90.

Bruton, G. B., Lohrke, F. T., & Lu, J. W. 2004. The evolving definition of what comprises international strategic management research.  Journal of International Management, 10: 413-429.

Daniel, F., Lohrke, F. T., Fornaciari, C. J., & Turner, R. A. 2004.  Organizational slack and firm performance: A meta-analysis.  Journal of Business Research, 57: 565-574.

 

Lohrke, F. T., & Bruton, G. D. 1997. Contributions and gaps in international strategic management literature. Journal of International Management, 3: 25-57. (pdf)

Ketchen, D. J., Jr., Combs, J. G., Russell, C. J., Shook, C., Dean, M. A., Runge, J., Lohrke, F. T., Naumann, S. E., Haptonstahl, D., Baker, R., Beckstein, B., Handler, C., Honig, H., & Lamoureux, S. 1997. Organizational configurations and performance: A meta-analysis. Academy of Management Journal, 40: 223-240.

Lohrke, F. T. 1993. Motion study for the blinded: A review of the Gilbreths' work with the visually handicapped. International Journal of Public Administration, 16: 667-682.

 

Edited Volumes

Landström, H., & Lohrke, F.T. (Eds.). 2012. Intellectual Roots of Entrepreneurship Research, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Landström, H., & Lohrke, F.T. (Eds.). 2010. The Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

 

Other Publications

Lohrke, F. T., Baucus, M. S., & Carson, C. M. 2014. Publishing cases in entrepreneurship journals. In M. Wright & A. Fayolle (Eds.), How to Get Published in the Best Entrepreneurship Journals: 201-236. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Lohrke, F. T., & Landström, H. 2012. Examining the intellectual roots of entrepreneurship research. In H. Landström & F. T. Lohrke (Eds.), Intellectual Roots of Entrepreneurship Research: xiii-xxvi. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers. Lists the top 100 articles in the Entrepreneurship field as chosen by the editors.

Lohrke, F. T., & Frownfelter-Lohrke, C.  2011. Book Review: Handbook of research on electronic surveys and measurementsOrganizational Research Methods, 14: 389-393.

Lohrke, F. T., & Landström, H. 2010. History matters in entrepreneurship research.  In H. Landström & F. T. Lohrke (Eds.), The Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research: 1-11. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Nagy, B. G., & Lohrke, F. T. 2010.  Only the good die young? A review of liability of newness and related organizational mortality research.  In H. Landström & F. T. Lohrke (Eds.), The Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research: 185-204. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Lohrke, F. T. 2008. Book Review: Research Methodology in Strategy and Management (volume 3).  Organizational Research Methods, 11: 860-864.

Marino, L. D., Lohrke, F. T., Zhi, T., Dickson, P. H., & Weaver, K. M. 2005. Entrepreneurial acuity: The relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and the convergence of archival and perceptual measures of environmental uncertainty. In Zahra et al. (eds), Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, pp. 1-15. Wellesley, MA: Babson College.

 

Selected Presentations

Lohrke, F. T., Carson, C. M., & Lockamy, A. A. Bayesian analysis in entrepreneurship research: A review and research agenda. To be presented at the Academy of Management Conference in August in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Carson, C. M., Lohrke, F. T., & Lockamy, A. A. The family business succession process: A Bayesian analysis.  To be presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in June in London, Ontario.

Frownfelter-Lohrke, C., & Lohrke, F. T. 2013. Forget about IT? The role of information systems integration in successful mergers and acquisitions. To be presented at the Association for Information Systems Special Group on Accounting Information Systems Conference in December, Milan, Italy.

Thornton, J. P., Gonas, J., & Lohrke, F. T. 2012. The social entrepreneur as trailblazer: A non-normative role for social enterprise in a market economy. Presented at the NYU-Stern Social Entrepreneurship Conference, New York. http://ssrn.com/abstract=2172807.

Lohrke, F.T., & Bird, B. 2011. Make versus sell: Examining new venture commercialization and licensing decisions.  Presented at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Melbourne, Australia.

Lohrke, F.T., Bird, B., & Gordon, R. 2010. Commercializing new technologies: The impact of liability of newness, liability of smallness, and technological innovativeness. Presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Lohrke, F.T., & Bird, B. 2009. New research findings resulting from microdata access: NIST Business Reporting Series Data.  Presented at the Assessing the NORC Results of Microdata Access Conference, Economic Research Service, Washington, DC.

Lohrke, F. T., Bird, B., Nagy, B. G., Fischer, E., & Reuber, R. 2009. Are new ventures illegitimate, disreputable, untrustworthy, or routineless? A liability of newness review and research agenda. Presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Lohrke, F. T., & Bird, B. 2009. Breaking up is hard to do: Examining the role of partner changes on strategic alliance outcomes. Presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Lohrke, F. T., Landström, H., Kreiser, P., Marino, L. D., Nagy, B. G., Moss, T., Short, J., Lumpkin, G. T., Foss, N. J., Klein, P. G., Ahlstrom, D., Wang, L. C., & Wadhwani, R. D. 2008. The historical foundations of entrepreneurship research. Symposium presented at the Academy of Management meeting, Anaheim, California.

Nagy, B. G., & Lohrke, F. T. 2008. Obtaining new venture legitimacy: A review and research agenda. Paper presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tang, J., Zhi, T., & Lohrke, F. T. 2005. Exploring an entrepreneurial typology: The roles of attributional style and entrepreneurial alertness.  Paper presented in the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Lohrke, F. T. 2003. Remembering two Strategic Management pioneers: Igor Ansoff and William Newman.  Symposium organized for the Management History and Business Policy and Strategy Divisions of the Academy of Management, Seattle, Washington.

Lohrke, F. T., & Franklin, G. M. 2002. The Internet as an information conduit: A transaction cost analysis of small business Internet use.  Paper presented at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Reno, Nevada. Selected as Best Conference Paper: Technological Applications for Entrepreneurship.

 

Recent Service

  • Secretary for the Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management, August 2010-present
  • Faculty participant, USASBE Doctoral Consortium, January 2012 and 2013
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Social/Non-profit/Public Policy Entrepreneurship Division, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Anaheim, California, January 2009
  • Division Chair for the Management History Division, Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, August 2006
  • Track Chair for the International Management/Management Education/ Management History Track, Southern Management Association, Charleston, South Carolina, November 2005
  • Program Chair for the Management History Division, Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 2004
  • Editorial Review Board Member: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (case review board) , Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Management History, and Journal of Small Business Management.
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer: Academy of Management Perspectives, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, European Management Journal, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, and Small Business Economics.
  • As Chair of the Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing Department, Brock School of Business, Samford University:
    • Coordinated efforts in building an Entrepreneurship program (beginning in Fall 2006) that was recognized by USASBE as the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the U.S.in 2010
    • Developed initiatives (listed below) that helped grow enrollment in the Entrepreneurship program from 2007 to present
    • Helped redesign the freshman-level BUSA 100, World of Business, course in 2007 into a introductory course in Entrepreneurship, including developing outlines and grading rubrics for students' preliminary business plans.  The course was selected as a finalist for USASBE's 2011 Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education   (example project)
    • Wrote the proposal for the Regions New Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, which was funded for $20,000 by Regions Financial Corporation from 2009 to the present and included two divisions, Freshman (for BUSA 100 students) and Open.  Also administered the competition annually as well as developed the competition rules and wrote guidelines for preparing a business plan
    • Wrote the proposal, which was funded for $10,000 by a donor, to support student micro-business formation in 2009     Microbusiness Resources
    • Led departmental efforts contributing to successful Brock School of Business' reaccreditation by AACSB International in 2010, including developing and administering rubrics for several departmental learning goals
    • Designed, championed, and implemented MBA concentrations in Entrepreneurship and International Business in 2011
    • Served on a two-person team to develop and deliver an Entrepreneurship curriculum for the Alabama Governor's School in 2012. This program is for gifted, rising high school seniors from across the state of Alabama.
    • Designed, championed, and implemented an undergraduate Entrepreneurship minor for non-business students in 2013 to increase the number of science and arts students in the program  
    • Increased national exposure of Entrepreneurship Program by writing and submitting material to different websites (e.g., EntrepreneurEdu.org) and social media outlets (e.g., Twitter).  Also, wrote several press releases and newsletters about student and faculty accomplishments.
    • Taught course overloads for two years until additional faculty could be hired to support the Entrepreneurship major
    • Led or served on search committee that successfully recruited several faculty members

  • As Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator at Samford University, developed the Entrepreneurship and Social/Not-for-Profit Entrepreneurship concentrations, 2006-2007 Programs of Study in Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Also served as part of the faculty team at the University of Alabama that redesigned the Entrepreneurship program, which Entrepreneur magazine ranked in the top 25 nationally 2006-2010.   Contributions included publishing in Entrepreneurship journals, developing and teaching two PhD seminars in Entrepreneurship, helping redesign the undergraduate curriculum to include two Entrepreneurship concentrations, and serving as an ex officio member of the Culverhouse Entrepreneurship and Family Business Advisory Board
  • Judge for the state-wide Alabama Launchpad Governor's Business Plan Competition, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Awards, and the Birmingham Business Journal Best in Business Awards
  • Counselor, Service Corps of Retired Excutives, 2010-present
  • ProStart Academy: Developed and delivered personal and business finance lectures to inner-city high school student-athletes attending a football camp at Miles College on Saturdays, May 2008-2010.   Also serve on the organization's Board of Advisors
  • Fourth and fifth grade Sunday School teacher, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 2003-2011 

Selected News Media Contributions

2014

January 10: Interviewed by Dawn Kent of the Birmingham News about habits of successful entrepreneurs  http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2014/01/so_youre_finally_going_to_star.html#incart_river

2012

March 25: Interviewed by Martin Swant of the Birmingham News about the JOBS bill’s potential impact on new venturing financing http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/03/proposed_jobs_bill_would_aid_s.html
 

2011

May 5: Wrote an article for the Birmingham News about Alabama's future economic viability  http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/05/memorandum_samfords_franz_lohr_1.html 

2010

November 4: Wrote an article for the Birmingham News about potential small business economic recovery http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2010/11/memorandum_samfords_franz_lohr.html

February 14: Interviewed by Michael Tomberlin of the Birmingham News about a new venture starting during a recession http://ado.alabama.gov/content/media/press/BN.aspx?ID=2819

2009

June 19: Interviewed by Cindy Riley of the Birmingham Business Journal regarding private firm and small business challenges during a recession  http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2009/06/22/focus2.html

2008

October 1: Appeared on Talk of Alabama on ABC 33/40 to discuss starting a business during an economic downturn

August 22: Interviewed by Jena Hippensteel of the Birmingham Business Journal about Entrepreneurship education http://www.samford.edu/business/resources/news/20080822.php.

June 25: Interviewed by Roy Williams of the Birmingham News about the Brock School of Business' Entrepreneurship program http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/stories/index.ssf?/base/business/1216987305176780.xml&coll=2

 

Selected Speeches

Birmingham Breakfast Club. “University entrepreneurship programs: Can we really teach this stuff?” September 2012

Birmingham Business Leaders Roundtable. “Entrepreneurship in 2012,” September  2012

McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University. “Business plan writing fundamentals,” September 2012

Navigating Our New Reality 2010 Nonprofit Summit hosted by the Alabama Association of Nonprofits.   Expert presentation: “Social Enterprise: Transforming Nonprofits and Mission,” March 2010.

Birmingham Junior League Non-profit Roundtable.  Keynote speaker for the Junior League’s Summit on Non-profits.   Presented "The current economic recession and non-profit management," April 2009.

SCORE Annual Luncheon Speaker. Presented "The important role of university entrepreneurship programs," December 2008.

Homewood Rotary, Luncheon speaker at the October Homewood Rotary luncheon. Discussed "Current trends in Social Entrepreneurship" including initiatives at the Brock School of Business as well as the potential impact of the Financial Crisis on socially entrepreneurial organizations, November 2008.

American Marketing Association - Birmingham Chapter, Keynote speaker (with Professor Betsy Holloway) discussing Social Entrepreneurship, including recent developments at the Brock School of Business, May 2008.