Eden Blair

Associate Professor

Baker Hall 322
(309) 677-3715
esblair@bradley.edu

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior & Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.B.A., Entrepreneurial Skills, Texas Tech University
B.S., Sociology, Honors College Graduate, University of Houston, University Park

Biography

Eden S. Blair has been at Bradley University since 2007.  She is currently an associate professor of entrepreneurship.  Her work experience includes completing two years of National Service through the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and co-founding and working with various non-profit ventures.  As a member of the board of advisors for the Springboard New Venture Competition, Eden advises students from across campus on business formation and ideation. She sits on numerous advising boards for social ventures and governmental agencies.

Teaching

Eden teaches courses in new venture creation, entrepreneurial creativity and social entrepreneurship.  With a strong belief that all students can be entrepreneurial, Eden teaches students from all 5 colleges on campus within her courses and as modules in other courses.  These courses are designed to minimize the risk of failure when starting a business or social enterprise.

Courses Currently Teaching

  • ENT 382 Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 386 Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 280 Entrepreneurial Creativity
  • ENT 281 The Entrepreneurial Career
  • BUS 643 Entrepreneurship (EMBA)

Scholarship

Research Interests include entrepreneurial cognition, unconscious entrepreneurial behavior and legal issues of entrepreneurship.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Blair, E. S., Marcum, T. M., Kuobova, V. (2015). 'L3C' designation doesn't matter to consumers. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange. eiexchange.com/content/75-l3c-designation-doesnt-matter-to-consumers [Accepted: February 2015, Published: February 2015, Submitted: January 2015, Expected Submission: December 2014]

  • (Cabell's) Blair, E. S., Marcum, T. M. (2015). Heed Our Advice:  Exploring How Professionals Guide Small Business Owners in Startup Entity Choice. Journal of Small Business Management. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jsbm.12073/full [Accepted: April 2012, Published: January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2015, Submitted: January 2012]

  • (Cabell's) Nagy, B., Blair, E. S., Lohrke, F. T. (2014). Developing a scale to measure liabilities and assets of newness after start-up. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 10(2), 277-295. http://www.springer.com/business+%26+management/entrepreneurship/journal/11365 [Accepted: January 2012, Published: February 2014, Submitted: August 2011]

  • (Cabell's) Marcum, T. M., Blair, E. S. (2012). In Search of a Unique Identity:  The L3C as a Socially Recognized Brand. Transactions:  The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 14(1), 79-93. trace.tennessee.edu/transactions/ [Accepted: June 2012, Published: December 2012]

  • (Cabell's) Marcum, T. M., Blair, E. S. (2011). Entrepreneurial decisions and legal issues in early venture stages:  Advice that shouldn't be ignored. Business Horizons, 54(2), 143-152. [Published: March 2011, Submitted: June 2010, Expected Submission: June 2010]

Recent Presentations

  • Klotz, K. (Presenter Only), Blair, E. (Presenter & Author), USASBE Annual Conference, "Bradley University Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Program", US Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Tampa, FL. (January, 2015).

  • Blair, E. S., USASBE Annual Conference, "Crowdgrading", US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Tampa, FL. (January, 2015).

  • Blair, E. S., Marcum, T. M., Kuobova, V., USASBE Annual Conference, "What’s in an Entity: Examining the Branding Potential of Low Profit Limited Liability (L3C) Ventures", US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Tampa, FL. (January, 2015).

  • Blair, E. S., USASBE Annual Conference, "Facilitating Research Between Law and Entrepreneurship Faculty", USASBE, Ft. Worth, TX. (January, 2014).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Presenter & Author), Luppino, A. (Presenter & Author), Simmons, M. (Presenter & Author), Carpenter, M. (Presenter & Author), Byrd, W. (Presenter & Author), USASBE Annual Conference, "Preconference: New Legal Issues that Impact Entrepreneurship Education", USASBE, Ft. Worth, TX. (January, 2014).

  • Blair, E. S., USASBE Annual Conference, "Teaching Entrepreneurial Creativity", USASBE, Ft. Worth, TX. (January, 2014).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Byrd, K. (Presenter & Author), Hollis, L. (Presenter & Author), Jacob, S. (Presenter Only), Kell, W. (Presenter Only), Luppino, T. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Presenter & Author), Smolinski, H. (Presenter Only), Simmons, M. (Presenter Only), USASBE Annual Conference, "Preconference Workshop:  Law & Entrepreneurship:  Legal Issues Teaching Tools for Various Settings", USASBE, San Francisco, CA. (January, 2013).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Welsch, D. H.B. (Presenter & Author), Alpi, S. (Presenter & Author), Hills, G. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Presenter & Author), Klotz, K. (Presenter & Author), USASBE Annual Meeting, "Dealing with Difficult Departments: Best Practices for a Successful Interdisciplinary and Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program", US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, CA. (January, 2013).

  • Marcum, T. M., Blair, E. S. (Author Only), MBAA International--Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, "In Search of a Unique Identity: The L3C as a Socially Recognized Brand", Chicago, IL. (March, 2012).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Author Only), USASBE Annual Meeting, "Cross-Campus Teaching Regarding Legal Issues in Student Entrepreneurship", US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, New Orleans, LA. (January, 2012).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Author Only), Dandridge, N. (Presenter & Author), Morin, L. (Presenter & Author), Robson, R. (Presenter & Author), USASBE Annual Meeting, "Cross-Campus Teaching Regarding Legal Issues in Student Entrepreneurship", USASBE, New Orleans, LA. (January, 2012).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Author Only), USASBE Annual Meeting, "Good Advice: How Do Attorneys Instruct, Assist, and Encourage Entrepreneurs to Make Good Entity Choices?", US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, New Orleans, LA. (January, 2012).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Presenter & Author), Hanlon, B. (Presenter & Author), Cavenaugh, T. (Presenter & Author), USASBE Annual Meeting, "Legal issues in university entrepreneurship programs: How do we best teach, advise, and mentor our students (and ourselves) on the legal implications of entrepreneurship?", USASBE, Hilton Head. (January, 2011).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), CEO National Conference, "Problem finding: Creating solutions from life's little annoyances", Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization, Chicago, IL. (November, 2010).

  • Blair, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Marcum, T. M. (Presenter & Author), CBER Colloquium, "Using Google Wave for Collaborative Academic Writing", CBER, Peoria, IL. (October, 2010).

Research Awards

  • "Outstanding Reviewer, Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship," USASBE, 2011

Leadership in Academic Societies

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange, 2014 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 2011 - Present
  • Board Member, USASBE, 2014-2015

Conferences

  • Conference Attendance, Annual Conference, USASBE, 2012
  • Conference Attendance, L3C A to Z, Americans for Community Development, 2011
  • Conference Attendance, U Exchange, Ashoka Foundation and Duke University, 2011
  • Conference Attendance, USASBE National Conference, US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2011

Service

College & University

Eden is a member of the President’s Committee for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a cross-disciplinary committee working to promote entrepreneurship across the campus.  She co-founded the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is chair of its Curriculum Advisory Committee and the faculty liaison between the Foster College of Business and the Turner School.  She is also co-advisor for the Bradley chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Enactus (formerly SIFE).

Professional

Eden sits on the editorial board of the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Exchange. As an ad hoc reviewer, Eden has reviewed recently for the Journal of Small Business Strategy, Journal of Small Business Management, the Academy of Management and the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).  Eden is the 2014-2015 board member for USASBE. She is Bradley’s Affiliate Partner representative to the Central Illinois chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).