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Dr. Tobias Pret

Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Quantitative Methods
Office
State Farm Hall of Business - SFH 244
Office Hours
Fall 2021
Mondays 12:45-1:45pm
Wednesdays 11am-12noon
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Biography

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Tobias Pret joined Illinois State University in 2020, after living and working in Scotland, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and the US for 15 years. He taught at Pace University in New York City from 2017-2020 and received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 2017.

Current Courses

223.001Introduction To Small Business

223.001Introduction To Small Business

224.001New Venture Creation

Teaching Interests & Areas

Dr. Pret's teaching interests include entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation management, business strategy, business plan development, and social entrepreneurship. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in new venture creation, small business management, and organizational strategy. While at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Dr. Pret was nominated by his students for university-wide teaching excellence awards for three consecutive years.

Research Interests & Areas

Dr. Pret explores entrepreneurship in the creative industries and the role of context in entrepreneurial practices. His research has been published in International Small Business Journal, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Journal of Management Reviews, and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research.

Dr. Pret has served as an ad-hoc journal reviewer for Journal of Business Venturing since 2018, and Journal of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development since 2017. He has also acted as a reviewer for the Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting, Western Academy of Management (WAM) Annual Meeting, and Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference, among others.

PhD Entrepreneurship

University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, UK

G. Dale Meyer Best Paper Award

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC)
2020

Past President’s Best Paper Award

Western Academy of Management (WAM)
2018

Best Qualitative Paper Award

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE)
2016

Best Paper Award in Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
2015

Teaching Excellence Award

University of Strathclyde
2015

Teaching Excellence Award

University of Strathclyde
2014

Best Paper Award in Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
2013

Teaching Excellence Award

University of Strathclyde
2013

Book, Chapter

Drakopoulou Dodd S, Pret T and Shaw E (2016) Advancing Understanding of Entrepreneurial Embeddedness: Forms of Capital, Social Contexts and Time. In: Welter F and Gartner WB (eds) A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 120-133.

Conference Proceeding

Cogan A and Pret T (2020) True Colors: Pursuing Social Entrepreneurship As Verifying Identity Work. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.

Journal Article

Pret T and Cogan A (2019) Artisan entrepreneurship: a systematic literature review and research agenda. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research 25 (4): 592-614.

Pret T and Carter S (2017) The importance of 'fitting in': Collaboration and social value creation in response to community norms and expectations. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 29 (7-8): 639-667.

Shaw E, Wilson J and Pret T (2017) The process of embedding a small firm in its industrial context. International Small Business Journal 35 (3): 219–243.

Wilson J, Arshed N, Shaw E and Pret T (2017) Expanding the Domain of Festival Research: A Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews 19 (2): 195–213.

Pret T, Shaw E and Drakopoulou Dodd S (2016) Painting the Full Picture: The Conversion of Economic, Cultural, Social and Symbolic Capital. International Small Business Journal 34 (8): 1004–1027.

Presentations

In search of the self: How social entrepreneurship facilitates verifying identity work. Western Academy of Management (WAM) Virtual Conference. (2021)
True colors: Pursuing social entrepreneurship as verifying identity work. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). (2020)
Living an authentic life: Social entrepreneurship as verifying identity work. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference. (2019)
Raising the tide: Why coopetition persists in the board game industry. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). (2019)
Entrepreneurial ideation strategies: The role of creativity, personal style and market trends. Western Academy of Management (WAM) Annual Meeting. (2018)
Household support: An overlooked mainstay of entrepreneurship. Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting. (2018)
Impacts of household members’ emotional support on entrepreneurial cognition. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). (2018)
Collaborating to perpetuate an industry: A social responsibility. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Conference (SIERC). (2016)
Entrepreneurial ideation: Exploring the role of creativity. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). (2016)
Entrepreneurial ideation: Unpacking the relationships between creativity, style and trends. Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting. (2016)

Grants & Contracts

University Research Grant. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2021)
Scholarly Research Grant. Pace University. Other. (2019)
Research Grant. Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Local. (2018)
Scholarly Research Grant. Pace University. Other. (2017)
Research Studentship. University of Strathclyde. Other. (2013)
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