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Faculty & Research - Gordon Ford College of Business

Faculty & Research - Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Gordon Ford College of Business faculty members are committed to outstanding teaching and dedicated to seeking new knowledge, ideas, and best practices.


Dr. Bolton Dawn Dr. Bolton studies individual entrepreneurial orientation, and gender in                                                  entrepreneurship and in leadership, for the region and internationally. Her current                                  research (for which she has received a WKU internal grant) looks at the impact on                                small business restaurants of recent food labeling legislation. Her previous research                            compared women entrepreneurs in three countries as part of a FIPSE grant (The                                  Alliance to Enhance  Entrepreneurial Impact to Stimulate Economic Growth among                              Underserved Groups in North America). She has published in several journals and                                made presentations at International  conferences. She teaches in the areas of                                      decision modeling, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

              Her journal articles include:

  New Menu Labeling Requirements for Retail Food Chains: Possible Impact on                              Small Business Restaurants.

  Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education.

       Dr. Dawn Langkamp Bolton        Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation: Further Investigation of a Measurement                                                                                                  Instrument.

                                                                   Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation: Development of a Measurement                                                                                                               Instrument.




 Dr. Peake's research focuses on legitimacy seeking and acquisition from                                              stakeholder, entrepreneurship, gender, and family business perspectives. She has                                presented her research at several academic conferences including the Academy of                              Management annual meeting, the Applied and Agricultural Economics Association                                annual meeting, and the United States Association for Business and                                                      Entrepreneurship annual meeting. Along with co-authors, Dr. Peake has won three                              conference best paper awards for her research on entrepreneurship and food recall                              communications. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Small Business                              Institute Journal.

               Her journal articles include:

 Does one bad apple spoil the bunch? An exploration of broad consumption                                 changes in response to food recalls.

               Dr.Whitney Peake                 Ties that bind? A mediation analysis exploring contract use in family versus                                                                                                      nonfamily firms

                                                                   The impact of management experience on firm performance: A meta-                                                                                                                  analysis

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