University of Portland

Jonathan (Jon) T. Down

Jonathan (Jon) T. Down

Background Narrative

Professor Down is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland where he is currently leading an effort to develop a graduate level program aimed at commercializing technology, especially medical school research. This initiative leverages his teaching and research interests that blend strategy, finance and entrepreneurship in technology environments. Other recent projects include a study of the venture funding environment in Oregon; an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility; and a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of university commercialization of technology efforts. Prior to joining UP, Jon was Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University where he led the opening of Weatherford Hall, the largest residential entrepreneurship college in the country. Past management roles include stints at Westinghouse Electric Company, Precision Castparts Corp. and with early stage companies.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Washington Seattle
  • Master of Business Admin., Harvard C Enrolled Undergrad
  • Bachelor of Science, Oregon State University
  • Mortar Board "Top Prof" Teaching Award.
  • Difference, Power & Discrimination Curr. Dvlpt Grant Award.
  • Invited Member of Women's Studies Program Faculty. Oregon State University
  • National Mortar Board Excellence in Advising Award.
  • Austin Family Business Program Research Grant Winner.
  • Doctoral Program Outstanding Teaching Award. University of Washington
  • Nomination for the 2002 AMJ Best Paper Award.
  • Bales Scholar Award.
  • Best Management Education Paper Award. Academy of Management
  • Annual Meeting Best Papers Proceedings. Academy of Management
  • Participant of Three Week Faculty Development Tour of Asia.
  • Best Paper Award. Western Academy of Management
  • Edna Benson Fellowship Award.
  • Boeing Fellowship for Excellence.
  • Doctoral Prog Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Teaching. University of Washington
  • Invited Faculty Panelist: Academic Success.
  • Market orientation, strategy and performance in the primary . Forest Science (2006) , 209-220.
  • Contrasting paths: Two forest products firms search for . International Journal of Case Studies in Management (2005)
  • A methodology for better understanding social systems . Journal of Applied Systems Studies (2003)
  • Corporate governance and board effectiveness in maritime . Journal of Maritime Economics & Logistics (2003) , 1-15.
  • Learning to think in circles . Journal of Management Inquiry , 161-170.
  • A firm life cycle perspective on corporate governance . European Management Review
  • On taking stories seriously . Journal of Teaching Business Ethics (2001) , 419-437.
  • Matching structure to strategy . The Encyclopedia of Management (2001)
  • Towards a science of stories . Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings (1999)
  • Matching Internal Governance Mechanisms to Strategic Process . UMI Dissertation Services (1998)
  • Tacit knowledge as a competitive advantage in the national . Academy of Management Journal (2002) , 13-31.
Professional Affiliations
  • National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC)
  • United States Assn for Small Bus & Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
  • Software Association of Oregon (SAO)
  • Academy of Management

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