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Faculty and Staff Profile

Chad Navis

Associate Professor
Arthur M. Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Organization and Management
Emory University 2009

MBA (Entrepreneurship focus)
University of Georgia 2004

B.S. Industrial Management
Clemson University 1997

 Courses Taught

ELE 3010 (Fall, 2015)
ELE 3010 (Spring, 2016)


Chad recently joined the faculty of Clemson University after spending the last six years at UW-Madison, where he was a professor in the Wisconsin School of Business. During his time at UW-Madison, Chad was actively involved in developing the entrepreneurship ecosystem of the school. He served as a principal in the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE), faculty director of the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition, faculty liaison for the Qualcomm Wireless Challenge, and a faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Residential Learning Community (ERLC). Additionally, Chad oversaw the PhD Minors in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation. He also remains the co-PI of an NSF grant focused on the commercialization of a 5th generation wireless technology. Prior to his MBA and Ph.D. studies, Chad was a senior business analyst for nearly five years at the consultancy, American Management Systems (now CGI), where he specialized in business processes in the telecommunications sector. Additionally, Chad has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and presently advises several student start-ups.

 Research Interests

Chad’s research is rooted in socio-cognitive theories—including those pertaining to identity, sensemaking, and the micro-foundations of institutional theory. Drawing on these theoretical foundations, Chad examines how the micro-level actions and words of entrepreneurs have macro-level implications for venture survival and market formation. His research—which regularly blends qualitative and quantitative methods—has examined these focal dynamics in such market settings as satellite radio, local telecommunications, online groceries, and craft micro-distilleries. Chad's research has been published in the field's leading management and entrepreneurship journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Business Venturing. His research has also received several awards, the most notable of which include consecutive IDEA "thought leader" awards for the best published entrepreneurship paper in 2010 and 2011, as designated by the Entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management.

 Research Publications

Navis, C. & Ozbek, O. (In Press). Why Context Matters: Overconfidence, Narcissism, and the Role of Objective Uncertainty in Entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Review

Navis, C. & Ozbek, O. (2016). The Right People in the Wrong Places: The Paradox of Entrepreneurial Entry and Successful Opportunity Realization. Academy of Management Review

Waldron, T. & Fisher, G. & Navis, C. (2015). Institutional Entrepreneurs' Social Mobility in Organizational Fields. Journal of Business Venturing (30), 131-149.

Glynn, M. & Navis, C. (2013). Categories, Identities, and Cultural Classification: Moving Beyond a Model of Category Constraint. Journal of Management Studies (50), 1124-1137.

Waldron, T. & Navis, C. & Fisher, G. (2012). Explaining Differences in Firms' Responses to Activism. Academy of Management Review (38), 397-417.

Navis, C. & Glynn, M. (2011). Legitimate Distinctiveness and the Entrepreneurial Identity: Influence on Investor Judgments of New Venture Plausibility. Academy of Management Review (36), 479-499.

Glynn, M. & Navis, C. (2010). Organizational Leadership and Institutional Emergence: Tuning in to "The Next Big Thing" in Satellite Radio. Research in the Sociology of Work (21), 257-286.

Navis, C. & Glynn, M. (2010). How New Market Categories Emerge: Temporal Dynamics of Legitimacy, Identity, and Entrepreneurship in Satellite Radio, 1990–2005. Administrative Science Quarterly (55), 439-471.