Dr. Thomas Nelson

Dr. Thomas Nelson

Assistant Professor of Management
Director of Student Competitions

Research Interests

Dr. Nelson’s research interests are in aspects of entrepreneurship that are critical to making entrepreneurial opportunities more broadly available, more likely to succeed, and more successful. These include entrepreneurial design theory, solopreneurship and side hustling, crowdfunding, forgiving business models, and public policy as it relates to entrepreneurship.


  • Ph.D. Entrepreneurship, University of Louisville
  • M.B.A. Entrepreneurship, Ball State University
  • B.S. Entrepreneurship, Ball State University


Goldsby, Kuratko, Nelson, & Marvel (2017) Design Centered Entrepreneurship: A 4 Stage Iterative Process for Opportunity Development. Journal of Small Business Management

Michael Crum , Thomas E. Nelson (2015) Stabilizing institutions for new venture investment decisions. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 9 Iss: 4, pp. 344-360.

Goldsby J. G., Kuratko D,  & Nelson T. E.(2014) Design-Centered Entrepreneurship: A Process for Designing Opportunities. Annals Of Entrepreneurship Education And Pedagogy – 2014.

Goldsby, M.G. & Nelson, T.E. (2012)  Entrepreneurial Design: A Design Based Theory of Entrepreneurship.  Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship Vol. 23, #2 Winter, pp. 80-95.


  • MGT 345: Creativity & Innovation
  • MGT 365: New Venture Creation