Dr. Rob Mathews (email@example.com) is the Director and Operations Manager of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Ball State University. He is also an Instructor of Management in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business. He currently teaches the introductory entrepreneurship course, “The Entrepreneurial Experience”. Mathews has also led courses in market research, the business plan, entrepreneurial design, entrepreneurial decision- making, entrepreneurial consulting, management ethics, marketing for new ventures, and entrepreneurial finance.
In his role in the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, Mathews maintains the Institute’s budget and leads faculty, staff, K-12, adult, and community entrepreneurial leadership and problem solving training and facilitation programs.
Mathews previously served as the Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business. His primary role was to mentor students on researching, compiling, writing, pitching, presenting, and defending new venture business plans. He also led student teams in entrepreneurial consulting projects. During his tenure in the Entrepreneurship Center, he led student teams in the Military 2 Market initiative between the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division and Department of Defense. He has also aided the Entrepreneurship Center in various outside partnerships. Mathews has also been involved in budget management, curriculum development, business community and advisory board relations, and led youth programs, Mini Society and EntrePrep. He served on the selection committee for the Blue Chip Enterprise awards. Mathews won the Entrepreneurial Support award in 2001 and 2006 for his contributions to the Ball State University Entrepreneurship Program.
Mathews earned his undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship and MBA in entrepreneurship and management of information systems from Ball State University. While earning his undergraduate degree, he received the Outstanding New Venture Plan Award. In addition, he holds a Doctorate in Higher Education. His research focuses are on ideation, creativity, entrepreneurial intentions, entrepreneurial talent, entrepreneurial leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial education.
Rob is the co-author of Entrepreneurship the Disney Way and the co-creator of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Instrument. He is a certified trainer, facilitator, and consultant in the Simplexity Complex Problem Solving and Innovation Process. He is trained in Simplexity Applied Creativity levels I (Personal Integration), II (Team Integration), III (Organizational Integration), and IV (Train the Trainer), as well as having the designation of Professional Innovation Advisor (PIA). He is also a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder and Builder Profile-10 (BP-10; Formerly Entrepreneurial Profile-10), Myers-Briggs, DiSC, and Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile coach and facilitator. Rob is also a certified coach and trainer in the John Maxwell leadership system.
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