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Christopher Courtney

PhD Student
Operations Management and Strategy Department


PhD, Management, Operations Management and Strategy, University at Buffalo, expected May 2017
MBA, University at Buffalo, May 2013
BA, Business Administration, MIS, University at Buffalo, May 2004

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Innovation
  • New venture creation

Teaching Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • New venture creation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Working Papers

Co-created an Exports to Canada handbook for use in the Exports to Canada program run by the ECIDA. The book helps companies develop the tools they need to conduct business in Canada.

Teaching Experience

University at Buffalo

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business (Spring 2014)

Niagara County Community College

  • Introduction to Computer Information Systems. Instruct students majoring in CIS and networking about hardware configurations, system and application software, security, ethics, networking and Excel and Access. (Fall 2012)
  • Introduction to Excel (Spring 2013)
  • Intermediate Excel (Spring 2013)
  • Introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (Spring 2013, Fall 2013)

Awards, Grants and Honors

  • Western New York Prosperity Scholar 2012, 2013
  • Recipient the Arun Jain Fellowship 2011, 2012
  • LeaderCORE™ certified at the Role Model level.
  • Along with his wife and children were selected as the Ambassador family for the Erie County March of Dimes.
  • 3rd Place – 2012 NYS Business Plan Competition (with over 105 teams competing)
  • Developed a matching system that is currently patent pending
  • Top 10 Business to Business Sellers – eBay Live Award.

Professional Affiliations

Elected to Beta Gamma Sigma
Board of Directors - Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce 2006-2009

Industry Experience

Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)
International Programs
May 2012 – 2013 Buffalo, NY

We Sell Returns, A reverse logistics company that specialized in remanufacturing of electronics and home goods
August 2003 – 2012 Buffalo, NY

Fortuna Enterprises, LLC
Sales Manager
January 2003 – July 2003 Buffalo, NY