Carson College of Business Faculty Directory

Carson College Directory

Alexander Kier

Assistant Professor
Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

Contact

Phone: (360) 546-9753
Office: CLASSROOM BUILDING - WSU VANCOUVER

Education

  • PhD (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business)
  • MS (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business)
  • MAcctg (The University of Arizona, Eller College of Management)
  • BS (The University of Arizona, Eller College of Management)

Alexander Kier

Alexander S. Kier (Alex) is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship Department at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University Vancouver. He earned a B.S. and Master’s degree in accounting at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His research focuses on the psychology of entrepreneurship examining where new venture ideas come from, how they are formed, and the role of entrepreneurial imaginativeness in the process of idea generation, selection, and development. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Business Horizons, Journal of Business Venturing, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. His research has been featured in several media outlets including Forbes, Money Inc., U.S. News & World Report, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s Executive Network. Alex currently teaches courses on new venture creation and small business strategy and planning. Prior to academia, Alex worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton.

Journal Articles

  • Benjamin Warnick, Alexander Kier, Emily LaFrance, Carrie Cuttler Head in the clouds? Cannabis users creativity in new venture ideation depends on their entrepreneurial passion and experience Journal of Business Venturing, 2021
  • Regan Stevenson, Alexander Kier, Shannon Taylor Do policy makers take grants for granted? The efficacy of public sponsorship for innovative entrepreneurship Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2020
  • Alexander Kier, Jeffery McMullen Entrepreneurial imaginativeness and new venture ideation in newly forming teams Journal of Business Venturing, 2020
  • Alexander Kier, Jeffery McMullen Entrepreneurial imaginativeness in new venture ideation Academy of Management Journal, 2018
  • Jeffery McMullen, Alexander Kier You dont have to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial: The unique role of imaginativeness in new venture ideation Business Horizons, 2017
  • Jeffery McMullen, Alexander Kier Trapped by the entrepreneurial mindset: Opportunity seeking and escalation of commitment in the Mount Everest disaster Journal of Business Venturing, 2016
  • Jeffery McMullen, Matthew Wood, Alexander Kier An embedded agency approach to entrepreneurship public policy: Managerial position and politics in new venture location decisions Academy of Management Perspectives, 2016

    Presentations

    • Amrita Lahiri, N. K. Krishnan, Alexander S. Kier, J. Pal, A. Johri Building resilience following a policy shock: Evidence from India’s demonetization
    • Amrita Lahiri, N. K. Krishnan, Alexander S. Kier, J. Pal, A. Johri Building resilience following a policy shock: Evidence from India’s demonetization
    • Benjamin Joseph Warnick, Alexander S. Kier, Emily M. LaFrance, Carrie Cuttler Head in the clouds? Cannabis users’ creativity in new venture ideation depends on their entrepreneurial passion and experience
    • Regan M Stevenson, Alexander S Kier, Shannon G Taylor Do policy makers take grants for granted? The efficacy of public sponsorship for innovative entrepreneurship
    • Jeffery S McMullen, Katie Ingram, Alexander S Kier Other regarding preferences in social entrepreneurship: The role of values and empathy
    • Jeffery S McMullen, Katie Ingram, Alexander S Kier Does empathy mediate or moderate the relations between values and social entrepreneurship?
    • Benjamin Joseph Warnick, Alexander S Kier, Emily M LaFrance, Carrie M Cuttler Head in the clouds? The influence of cannabis use and passion for inventing on new venture ideation
    • Jeffery S McMullen, Katie Ingram, Alexander Kier Other regarding preferences in social entrepreneurship: The role of values and empathy across founders and managers of B-Corps and commercial businesses
    • Alexander Kier, Jeffery S McMullen, Donald F Kuratko Escalation of commitment in entrepreneurial action: Relying on your own or others judgement
    • Alexander S Kier, Jeffery S McMullen Idea quality of new venture teams: Configural effects of entrepreneurial imaginativeness, demographic diversity, and startup experience
    • Alexander Kier, Jeffery S McMullen Entrepreneurial imaginativeness within new venture teams: A key to startup performance
    • Alexander Kier, Jeffery S McMullen Imagining new venture ideas: Development and validation of the imaginativeness scale
    • Jeffery S McMullen, Matthew S Wood, Alexander Kier An embedded agency approach to entrepreneurship public policy
    • Alexander Kier Imagination in new venture ideation
    • Alexander Kier Measuring imagination in new venture ideation
    • Daniel Clark, Alexander Kier Strategic intent 25 years later: Still the essence of winning?
    • Alexander Kier, Jeffery S McMullen, Donald F Kuratko Persist or abandon? The influence of social pressure and regulatory focus on entrepreneurial escalation of commitment
    • Jeffery S McMullen, Alexander Kier Perceived organizational dynamics and the regulatory focus of entrepreneurial behavior
    • Alexander Kier, Jeffery S McMullen, Donald F Kuratko Trapped by the entrepreneurial mindset? An examination of regulatory focus and escalation of commitment in entrepreneurial action