David T. Croasdell

 

 

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David T. Croasdell, Ph.D. is the Charles and Ruth Hopping Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Chairman of the Department of Information Systems at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also serves as the University’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative.

Dave is the Director for the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of Nevada, Reno and co-director of the Governor’s Cup Business Plan competition. Dave and his team engage students to encourage and develop innovative ideas. He is faculty advisor to the Entrepreneurship club (EClub) which helps foster student led initiatives.

Dr. Croasdell and his colleagues at the University of Nevada, Reno work hard to foster relationships with the broader community. Dave is founding member of Entrepreneurship Nevada – a local portal for developing business networks and identifying entrepreneurial resources. He also sits on the board of Entrepreneurs Assembly working to support local startups and help develop business strategies. He is a founding mentor of Summit VMS – a local service that matches high value mentors to local ventures in a team mentoring approach to developing those organizations. Additionally, Dave is actively involved in a number of on-going activities including One Million Cups, Ves.to, House of Genius, Startup weekend and Lean Start-Weekend. Dave has mentored numerous students and teams since first becoming involved in entrepreneurship. He has also pursued three of his own startup ventures. He has also served on the organizing committee for TedX UNR since its inception in 2012.

Dr. Croasdell is a strong believer in what Thomas Friedman has called a “Flat World.” Simply put, technology has shrunk the world. As such, our ability to understand and work with different cultures and economies is more critical now than ever before as citizens in this global community. Entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow business across international boundaries must have the skills and knowledge to think an act globally if they are to be successful.

Dr. Croasdell has taught courses locally and abroad on Data Communications, Current Technology, Global Entrepreneurship and Global Technology Management. His academic research interests are based on managing distributed knowledge systems. His work includes exploring ways to foster Global Entrepreneurship through underlying network infrastructures. Additional research interests are in Knowledge Equity, Knowledge Networks, Knowledge Management, Organizational Memory, and Inquiring Organizations. He is co-chair of the research track on Knowledge Systems for the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and an Associate Editor of three academic journals.

Before embarking on his academic career, Dr. Croasdell worked as a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory