Date: April 8, 2016 Category:

Dr. Alex McKelvie


McKelvie is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. After growing up in Canada, McKelvie lived in Sweden for eight years before moving to Syracuse in 2007. McKelvie has taught a broad array of courses dealing with different aspects of entrepreneurship, including strategic planning, growth, family business, and corporate entrepreneurship. At Syracuse, McKelvie has taken a leading role in developing and teaching world-class programs, including designing new courses and training programs for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families.

McKelvie has received teaching awards from Syracuse University, the Whitman School of Management, the EEE Department, and from his former university in Sweden.  He has worked with many entrepreneurial startups during this time as well. His scholarly work deals with questions regarding two main areas: how and why do firms grow, and how do entrepreneurs make decisions about opportunities.

McKelvie’s research has received a number of major international awards, including best doctoral dissertation in Entrepreneurship from the National Federation of Independent Businesses and multiple awards at the leading Entrepreneurship conferences. McKelvie has published his work in many of the most important Entrepreneurship journals and is on the editorial boards of multiple journals. His research has also been profiled in Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Inc. magazine, among other outlets.