Dr. Tobias Pret is an Assistant Professor of Management whose research explores entrepreneurship in the creative industries and the role of context in entrepreneurial practices. Born and raised in Germany, he 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 from 2017-2020 and received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 2017.
Dr. Pret's teaching interests include New Venture Creation, Social Entrepreneurship, and Creativity and Innovation. He regularly teaches courses in Organizational Strategy and Introduction to Small Business. 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.
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. Additionally, his work on entrepreneurial ideation was awarded the Best Conference Paper Award at the Western Academy of Management (WAM) Conference in 2018.
Dr. Pret has served as an ad-hoc journal reviewer for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice since 2019, Journal of Business Venturing since 2018, and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development since 2017. He has also acted as a reviewer for the Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting, WAM Conference, and Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference, among others.
In 2019, Dr. Pret presented his research on board game entrepreneurship at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) in Boston, MA, and the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference in Newcastle, UK