Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship
BB&T Fellow in Capitalism & Free Enterprise
WFU School of Business
Dr. West joined the Wake Forest University faculty in 1995. He has taught undergraduate and graduate Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship, Capitalism and Free Markets, and Shakespeare on Management. His experience includes teaching management in London (UK) and Vienna (Austria), and he is a regular visiting faculty member of École de Management in Bordeaux, France. He has won awards for innovative teaching three times, and has twice won an award for the most influential undergraduate business professor as determined by alumni.
He earned his B. A. in Economics at Hamilton College, an MBA at The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to earning his Ph.D. he held positions in marketing and new business development for 17 years at consumer packaged goods companies including General Mills and Celestial Seasonings, and consulted with Westinghouse and other technology companies. He also started up his own food manufacturing company, raised venture capital, and expanded the business to a national level.
His research focuses on top management teams and the evolution of strategy in new ventures. His new Strategic Management textbook was published in 2009 by South-Western. He has published articles in Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of Small Business Management and International Journal of Organizational Analysis.