Brad Skousen earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and international business. He earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University with an emphasis in international finance and policy with an area specialization in Brazil. He earned his BA in accounting from Utah State University and has several years of industry experience in accounting and finance. His primary research interests focus on how regulatory and non-regulatory institutions influence the strategic behavior of entrepreneurs and firms and the new business venture creation process.

Brad is a Lemann Fellow of the Lemann Foundation based in Sao Paulo, Brazil which is dedicated to advancing economic, political and social development in Brazil.

Areas of Expertise

  • Institutions and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • New Venture Creation
  • Brazil


  • Phd in Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • MIA in International Finance & Policy, Columbia University

  • BA in Accounting, Utah State University


  • BUSMHR 2000 - Introduction to International Business

    Basic coverage of world trade and investment problems, and introduction to multinational corporation strategies and the various types of environments in which they do business. Prereq: Econ 2002.01 (201), and Econ 2001.01 (200) or AEDEcon 2001 (200). Not open to students with credit for BusAdm 555. Not open to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSMHR 3541 - Global Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Field study projects to introduce students to venture capital, private equity, technology commercialization and new venture strategy. Prereq: BusMHR 2500 (290) and Econ 2001.01 (200).

  • BUSMHR 2500 - Entrepreneurship

    Assesses economical, sociological, and psychological foundations of entrepreneurship and its impact on society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for BusMHR 290. GE soc sci human, nat, and econ resources course.

  • BUSMHR 4490 - Strategic Management

    Introduction to the concepts and analytic tools in the field of strategic management to understand the competitive position of firms. Prereq: 2000 (BusADM 555), 2292 (BusADM 499.01), 3200 (701), and BusMGT 2320 (330), 2321 (331), 3230 (630), and BusFIN 3500 (510), 3220 (620), and BusML 3250 (650), 3380, and Sr standing in Business Administration major program. Not open to students with credit for BusAdm 799. Not open to students in UUSS, UEXP, or PREBSBA-PR.

  • BUSMHR 7415 - Corporate Diversification

    A study of corporate strategies, actions firms take to gain competitive advantages: strategies studied will include corporate diversification and mergers and acquisitions. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 839.