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Faculty & Research - Gordon Ford College of Business

Faculty & Research - Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Gordon Ford College of Business faculty members are committed to outstanding teaching and dedicated to seeking new knowledge, ideas, and best practices.


Dr. Bolton Dawn Dr. Bolton studies individual entrepreneurial orientation, and gender in entrepreneurship and in leadership, for the region and internationally. Her current research (for which she has received a WKU internal grant) looks at the impact on small business restaurants of recent food labeling legislation. Her previous research compared women entrepreneurs in three countries as part of a FIPSE grant (The Alliance to Enhance  Entrepreneurial Impact to Stimulate Economic Growth among Underserved Groups in North America). She has published in several journals and made presentations at International  conferences. She teaches in the areas of decision modeling, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

 Her journal articles include:

 New Menu Labeling Requirements for Retail Food Chains: Possible Impact on                Small Business Restaurants.

 Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation: Further Investigation of a Measurement    Instrument

 Journal of women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dr. Dawn Langkamp Bolton           Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation: Development of a Measurement                                                                                                      Instrument.



glDr. Peake’s research focuses on legitimacy seeking and acquisition from stakeholder, entrepreneurship, gender, and family business perspectives. Her research has been published in a number of well-respected peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Small Business Management, Food Policy, and Journal of Business Ethics, among others.She has presented her research at several academic conferences including the Academy of Management annual meeting, the Babson Entrepreneurship Conference, the United States Association for Business and Entrepreneurship annual meeting, and the Small Business Institute conference. Along with co-authors, Dr. Peake has won five best paper awards for her research on entrepreneurship and food recall communications. She currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Small Business Strategy and on the editorial board of the Small Business Institute Journal.

For more information on Dr. Whitney Peake's research, click here.


Dr. Whitney Peake

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