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Paula Rechner, PhD

Dr. Paula RechnerChair, Department of Management

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-2571

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  • Research interests:

    • Corporate Governance
    • Ethics

    • Trust (development, antecedents, consequences)

    • Employee Engagement

    • Positive Organizational Scholarship

    Teaching interests:

    • Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

    • Strategic Management

    • Leadership

    • Organizational Development

    • Change Management

Jana Minifie, PhD

Dr. Jana MinifieDepartment of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-3187

  • Barshop Excellence Professor in Entrepreneurship 

    Dr. Jana Minifie is the Barshop Excellence Professor in Entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Director for the Service-Learning Excellence Program for Texas State. Her passion is working with budding and current entrepreneurs in achieving their entrepreneurial dreams. She has been teaching in the entrepreneurial program for about 15 years. Within the entrepreneurial program, she has taught MGT 3361 Small Business Operations and Financials, MGT 3362 Family Business and Franchising, MGT 4350 Business Plan Development, MGT 4351 Applied entrepreneurship, and MGT 4353 Integrated Field Project. 

    Dr. Minifie also teaches non-academic courses and/or workshops. She is a facilitator for Profit Mastery, a program that assists small business owners to understand financial statements and be more successful. She recently presented “Lean Canvas: A Guide to Business Startup” for the Small Business Festival in Austin, TX. She has been on the organizing team for 3-Day Startup, Women Entrepreneurial Week, Mermaid Society’s Entrepreneurial Symposium, and San Marcos Chamber’s Board of Directors and Chair of their Business Advisory Board. She organized and developed guidelines for the first Matt and Jodi Edgar Business Plan Competition. She has conducted special business plan workshops for non-entrepreneurial concentration management majors. She has been a faculty advisor for entrepreneurial student organizations. Her students won the first 3 years of the Texas Rural Business Plan Competition. Twice, her teams won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. She is a judge for the Baylor New Venture Business Plan Competition. She and her students presented at three different Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum. She has written several grants as the entrepreneurial lead. Her research is also in the area of entrepreneurship. She recently won the best paper award for her research paper presented at the Small Business Institute Conference. 

    Service-Learning Excellence (SLE) Program captures the academic community impact of courses and programs across Texas State University. Through the SLE Program, she has grown the number of Service-Learning (SL) hours over 5000% in the first 7 semesters. This year, Texas State’s SL programs will exceed $1 million in SL hours. The McCoy College of Business social entrepreneurial team (and Management Entrepreneurial majors), Cultivate (Mitchell Johnston, Cristian Staalenburg, and Alexis Cornelius), won the Student SL Video competition in May 2018. Although many of our SL projects serve individuals and non-profits, there is an increasing trend of SL projects to incorporate entrepreneurship programs that have a critical (long-term) SL component that successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society, as demonstrated by the Cultivate team.

Melissa Baucus, PhD

Melissa Baucus

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-6990


  • Some researchers focus on one topic area and resist or ignore any projects outside of that area. My approach has been quite different. I can often see relationships between seemingly different topics and I sometimes choose a project based on the other researchers who are involved. If there’s a way I can make a meaningful contribution and be able to work with some smart, talented and fun colleagues, I will often say yes. This means I end up with what appears to outsiders to be an eclectic mix of studies. 

    The interesting aspect is that these detours through the forest often open my eyes to exciting new perspectives, theories, methods and other learning that I could not have discovered otherwise. The core of my research—the area that always draws me back in—involves organizational misconduct. I’m fascinated by how organizations go wrong: how do managers engage in and even train employees to engage in misconduct or illegal activities (e.g., product liability violations with punitive damages for knowing of a problem but taking no action; class action discrimination lawsuits; price fixing, etc.); how do entrepreneurs start or fall into Ponzi schemes; what occurs in an organization so an employee ends up wrongfully fired in violation of public policy; what sort of conflicts arise between franchisors and their franchisees; can NASCAR stop cheating and do they really want to stop it since it increases viewership; does it matter when we impose penalties on corporations for breaking the law; when NCAA governed football teams break the rules, how does this affect these teams’ performance? This interest in organizational misconduct meshes with my interest in organizational creativity as creativity is often promoted as the need for rule breaking, creativity has been shown to link to moral attentiveness and moral imagination (both things that affect ethical decision making) and we rarely discuss ethics in conjunction with creativity.

    When I started my career, the primary theory used to explain corporate crime was economic theory or an argument that corporations engaged in illegal behavior because managers engaged in a rational decision making process in which the benefits of crime outweighed the costs and the probability of getting caught. I didn’t buy that explanation then and I still don’t. One of the benefits of delving into other areas of research is that it opens my eyes to other theories that can account for organizational misconduct. I’m not yet sure how I could do it, but I’d like to gather data from victims of entrepreneurs’ Ponzi schemes to learn what social influences strategies (a lá Robert Cialdini’s work) the entrepreneurs used to convince the victims to invest their money. This is the flip side of another project that I hope to find time to do one of these days and that’s using the cases on entrepreneurs who start Ponzi schemes to develop and support a theoretical model for how illegal entrepreneurs build trust. Hopefully this is enough on my research to help all of you know what I do and if there’s anything here that interests you as a joint project.

Corey Fox, PhD

Corey Fox

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-7256

  • What college degrees do you have? 

    * Bachelor of Arts in Economics; Bachelor of Arts in Finance (St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA) 

    * Master of Science in Finance (DePaul University, Chicago, IL) 

    * Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK) 

    What other cities, states, countries have you lived in? 

    * Davenport, Iowa 

    * Jacksonville & Orange Park, Florida 

    * Chicago & Elk Grove Village, Illinois 

    * Oklahoma City & Edmond, Oklahoma 

    * Springfield, Missouri 

    What courses have you taught? 

    * At Texas State: Strategic Management 

    * At other institutions: Principles of Management, Organization Theory, Small Business Operations 

    What service/committee assignments do you have? 

    * Library committee 

    * Entrepreneurship search committee 

    What research interests do you have? 

    * My current research focuses on three general areas. First, I explore how relationships between managers and the firm’s stakeholders influence the performance of the firm/company. Second, I examine managerial risk communications and how those can inform shareholders about the firm’s level of risk. Third, I am examining how the industry of finance influences firm strategies. 

    What is the strangest job you ever had? 

    * In college I worked as a butcher for a local grocery store 

    Give one interesting non-academic thing you did this summer? 

    * This summer I attended my 20th high school reunion and ran a 7-mile road race in Iowa. 

    What else do you want to share? Favorite thing to do? 

    * When not at work, my favorite things to do are hang out at home with my two little monsters, watch my Iowa Hawkeyes and Oklahoma State Cowboys (and of course now the Texas State Bobcats!), and CrossFit.

Josh Daspit, PhD

Josh Daspit

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-6517

  • Dr. Josh Daspit joined the Management Department in Fall 2018. Prior to joining Texas State, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Management at Mississippi State University where he was a member of the Center of Family Enterprise Research. 

    Dr. Daspit has taught management courses on an array of topics that include entrepreneurship, HR, international, organizational behavior, organizational change, principles, and strategy. He most enjoys teaching entrepreneurship and strategy courses where he incorporates projects that encourage students to think about the ‘big picture’ of the business. Helping students develop their strategic and critical thinking skills is a passion of his. 

    His work has appeared in California Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Family Business Review, Journal of Business Research, and other outlets. He is on the review board of Family Business Review, where he also serves as social media editor. He was recognized as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar, and this year he is serving as Academic Program Chair for the Family Enterprises Research Conference, which is one of the top academic conferences on family business. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a senior consultant for an international consulting firm and served as Director of Community Affairs for a member of the United States Congress.

Phil Davis, PhD

Phil Davis

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-7257

  • What courses have you taught? 

    * At Texas State, I have only taught the capstone Strategic Management course MGT 4335 in both a traditional face-to-face and hybrid format. However, I have taught management principles, operations management, entrepreneurship, and family business at other institutions. 

    What Organizations, Committees, Task Force, etc. are you (and have you been) involved with? 

    * I am a member of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Since coming to Texas State, I have served on the Scholarship Committee and I am currently serving on a search committee to hire our next entrepreneurship faculty member. 

    What other interests or extracurricular activities are you involved with? 

    * I am interested in research that addresses the problems and needs often faced by small businesses. While many business theories and practices are applicable to small and large businesses, many small businesses face unique challenges, which demand new or revised scholarly insights. From a teaching perspective, I believe in meeting students where they are on their scholarly journey and maximizing their individual learning. Teaching a capstone course is challenging, but a lot of fun. For me, meeting students where they are require different types of assignments to help each student grow and learn the concepts and processes of strategic management. 

    * For the last 4 years, I have coached youth flag football in NC and here in TX. Presently, I am a volunteer coach in the Lake Travis Youth Association, where I coach flag football and mentor young players and coaches. I am also a WatchDog Dad at Lakeway Elementary, where I volunteer to assist teachers and school administrators with various activities over the course of the school day. 

    What are you passionate about? 

    * I am very passionate about preparing our students for success in the business world or their chosen direction. In my classes, I emphasize the application of critical thinking skills that help students translate the theories and tools of business into practice. From my perspective, I seek to build a relationship with our students that usually begins with class, but it extends well into their professional endeavors. 

    Any additional news you would like to share with our community? 

    * My family is the center of my universe and they keep me grounded and on my feet! Tracie and I have been married for nearly 17 years (17th anniversary in September) and we have three wonderful children: Ariel (12), PJ (7) and Briella (4). We love being a part of the Texas State family!

David B. Cameron, PhD

David Cameron, PhD

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-2619

  • Dr. Cameron has been a full time lecturer at Texas State University for 4 years.  His core course emphasis is on business strategy, operations management and entrepreneurship.  He enjoys working with the students and finding new and creative ways to challenge their perspective and engage their minds. Previously Dr. Cameron spent 31 years as an engineer, manager and director primarily in the computer and imaging industries. He has had the good fortune to contribute in leadership roles for many years at Texas Instruments, IBM and Dell in bringing new products and services to global markets. The scope of the work involved the design, manufacturing and service support systems for a wide range of consumer and commercial products. More recently he was COO for a business services startup and President of his own consulting company.

Emily Wiley

Department of Management 
McCoy College of Business Administration
Phone: (512)245-4082

  • Emily Wiley is a lecturer within the Management department of the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University. Emily completed her undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University and earned her Master of Business Administration degree at Texas State University. Emily has previously opened several online businesses and, with her husband, currently owns and operates food franchises in the Austin area. Emily enjoys teaching and sharing her business experience with her students. As a practicing entrepreneur, she is able to take students through the risks and rewards of financing, planning, and operating businesses.

McCoy Entrepreneurship Courses:


The following 3 courses are Required:

  • MGT 3360 - Studies in Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 3361 - Small Business Operations and Financials
  • MGT 4350 - Business Plan Development

Select one from the following:

  • MGT 3362 - Issues in Family Business
  • MGT 4351 - Applied Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 4353 - Integrative Field Project
  • MGT 4393 - Entrepreneurial Internship
  • MGT 4399 – Undergraduate Independent Study in Entrepreneurship

Graduate Classes:

  • MGT 5315 - New Venture Management
  • MGT 5325 - Managing Business Creativity
  • MGT 5333 – Graduate Independent Study in Entrepreneurship 
  • MGT 5335 - New Venture Launch
  • MGT 5345 - Integrated Field Project

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