Theodore A. Khoury is an Associate Professor of Management and Strategy at Portland State University and teaches the senior capstone strategic management course within the School of Business Administration, which is focused on engaging students with community partners in need of outreach assistance.
His research focuses on the role of institutions and social forces within entrepreneurship and innovation processes. Within these domains he explores how both formal (i.e. reforms; legal and political systems) and informal (i.e. social, cultural dimensions) institutions enable or constrain the pursuits of entrepreneurial actors within developing countries and emerging industries. His work, published in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of World Business, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Management Decision, Business & Society, and Global Strategy Journal, explores the challenges posed to developing country entrepreneurs around invention and intellectual property rights, and how entrepreneurial organizations in nascent industries (e.g. bioscience industry) learn to survive.
He holds a PhD in International Management Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan and an M.S.E. from the University of Texas at Austin, both in mechanical engineering, and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he worked for over 12 years in the area of micro-nanotechnology in various senior management and consulting roles related to R&D and innovation strategies and is the inventor of 42 U.S. patents and over 70 patents issued in other countries. He is on the board of advisors for the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute’s (OTRADI) Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) and is a former board member of the Community Music Center, Inc, both based in Portland, Oregon.