Audra Quinn

London, ON

My name is Audra Quinn; I’m a doctoral candidate at Ivey Business School, in London, ON Canada, though I grew up in Michigan and spent most of my career in Los Angeles, CA. I discovered my passion for entrepreneurship and research as an MBA student at Pepperdine University, where my courses unlocked in me the confidence to enter and win a business plan competition and launch my own venture. Having since had a successful exit, I’m now pursuing my dream career of doing impactful research that contributes to the field and offers entrepreneurs helpful insights to propel their ventures forward.

At Ivey Business School, I’ve gained exceptional research training and the resources to develop a distinctive research program that focuses on how the characteristics, cognitive processes and relationships of the entrepreneur influence the team and the venture’s performance. My dissertation focuses on cofounder selection and dynamics, and I believe these relationships are highly consequential for the venture and offer fertile ground for novel theoretical insight. I’ll be posting useful findings here, so please check back in often!


My research examines the influence of entrepreneurs’ key relationships and cognitive processes on the path to new venture creation. My dissertation focuses on how individuals come together to build new ventures and how varying approaches to selecting a cofounder can affect multilevel outcomes of satisfaction, dynamics, and venture performance. Overall, I develop and test theory around a relational view of entrepreneurship.



Lecturer, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

ENGSCI 3330B: New Venture Creation

(6.1/7.0 avg. rating)


Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA

ENTR 661: The Generation of New Venture Ideas

(4.9/5.0 avg. rating)

2017 ‑ 2018

Adjunct Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

HRT 499: Innovation in Hospitality Management

(1.05 avg. rating with 1.0 as the best possible score out of 5)

2016 ‑ 2018


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