Dr. Thomas E. Nelson, PhD

Dr. Thomas E. Nelson, PhD

Associate 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


Crum, Nelson, de Borst & Byrnes (2020) The Use of Cluster Analysis in Entrepreneurship Research: Review of Past Research and Future Directions

Nelson, Apple, Ellis, Leasure, & King-Berry (2020) Performance Descriptions: A Major Tool for Performance Development

Apple, Ellis, Nelson, Ulbrich, & Woodbridge (2020) Barriers to Implementing a Successful Learning to Learn Experience

Apple, Leasure, Nelson, Ulbrich, & Woodbridge (2020) How the Learning to Learn Experiences Model the Seven Universal and Perennial Principles of Student Learning and Persistence

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

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


  • MGT 345: Creativity & Innovation
  • MGT 465: New Venture Creation