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.
223.001Introduction To Small Business
223.002Introduction To Small Business
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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.
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.
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.
Cogan A and Pret T (2020) True Colors: Pursuing Social Entrepreneurship As Verifying Identity Work. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
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.
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.
Cogan A, Pret T and Cardon M (In Press) Everyday social support processes: Household members' instrumental and emotional support of entrepreneurs. International Small Business Journal. DOI: 10.1177/02662426211054098.
Swab G, Cogan A, Pret T and Marshall D (In Press) Examining the creative self-efficacy, goal interdependence, and satisfaction of new venture teams in the board game industry. Entrepreneurship Research Journal. DOI: 10.1515/erj-2021-0142