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.
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"Professor Quinn is a very supportive instructor. Her class was a wonderful and inspiring learning environment that seemed to benefit most of the students and their ability to learn Entrepreneurship."
"Prof. Quinn made the class fun and interactive, such drive the ideas and theories home."
"One of the best classes I’ve taken so far! Great professor. Great choices of guest speakers."
"This class just works. I didn’t think it would be this informative. I know students that crave structure and textbooks will probably not like this class, but I think it just works."
"Thank you Audra! You made me explore outside my comfort zone and I think it has very much benefitted me."
"Professor Quinn is a wonderful instructor! I look forward to having her teach more classes."
"Prof. Quinn is extremely passionate about this course as well as making sure her students understand and enjoy the concepts. She also pushes us to be better entrepreneurs."
"I enjoyed this course much more than I anticipated I would. Audra has been one of my favorite instructors during my time at Pepperdine and I would highly encourage others to take her classes. Audra encourages personal growth through providing an environment that allows one to get out of their comfort zone and I can’t say I have experienced that to quite the same degree in any other class. This is why I feel this class will be particularly memorable for me as I continue on in my life and career."
"Enjoyed everything about this course. It was the best class in Pepperdine!"
"Great instructor. Great energy. Great input and feedback."
"Great professor. Always had an upbeat attitude which was infectious."
"Great professor who really cares about student’s learning and participation in class."