INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATION
Seminar : Bringing Institutional Change through Supply Chain Operations: A Case Study of Za’atari Refugee Camp
Dr. Theodore A. Khoury is an Associate Professor in The School of Business at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and is on sabbatical as a Visiting Professor at Vlerick Business School in Brussels, Belgium during the 2017 — 2018 academic year.
His research focuses on the role of institutions and social forces within entrepreneurship and innovation processes. With the motivation to understand how entrepreneurship can contribute to the relief of societal challenges, he explores how legal and political systems and social and cultural institutions enable or constrain entrepreneurial actors within developing countries, refugee/diaspora situations, and nascent market environments. His work has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of World Business, Business & Society, and Global Strategy Journal.
Teaching the undergraduate strategy capstone and the MBA social innovation field study courses, he has worked with clients all over the Portland community and social entrepreneurs throughout Europe, Latin America, and Africa. He is conducting studies of nascent entrepreneurship in North Africa and separate projects on the emergence of informal economies in Jordan’s Syrian Refugee Camps.
He holds a PhD in International Management Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BSE from the University of Michigan and an MSE from the University of Texas at Austin, both in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to academia, he worked for 12 years in the area of micro-nanotechnology innovation in various senior management and consulting roles and is the inventor of 42 US patents and over 70 patents issued in other countries. He is on the Board of Advisors for Womenpreneur, a Brussels-based incubator for female entrepreneurs based in the MENA region, and the Oregon Translational Research and Development Bioscience Incubator.