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Sean McMahon

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Koury Business Center 207A
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
smcmahon2@elon.edu (336) 278-5983

Brief Biography

Sean R. McMahon is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Love School of Business at Elon University.

Education

PhD in Strategic Management/Entrepreneurship                                University of Central Florida, May 2013

Master of Science (MS) in Strategic Management                              University of Central Florida, May 2012

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance                               University of Florida, May 1997

Employment History

2005-2007       Managing Partner, WM2 Consulting                                                 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2002-2005       Managing Director, BNY Jaywalk (The Bank of New York)                            New York, NY

1999-2002       Co-Founder & President, Jaywalk, Inc.                                                           Atlanta, GA

1997-1999       Commercial Banking Representative, SunTrust Bank                                      Atlanta, GA

1996               Retail Management Intern, Sears                                                           Los Angeles, CA

Courses Taught

ENT 355 - Applications of Entrepreneurship

BUS 465 - Business Policy (Strategy)

BUS 461 - Business Consulting

MAN 4802 - Entrepreneurship

GEB 4435 - Moral Foundations of Business

MAN 4720 - Strategy "Capstone" Lab

Research

Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Knowledge Management

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Schminke, M. J., Caldwell, J., Ambrose, M. L., & McMahon, S. R. (2014). Better than ever? Employee reactions to ethical failures in organizations, and the ethical recovery paradox. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 123(2): 206-219.

McMahon, S. R., & Ford, C. M. (2013). Heuristic transfer in the relationship between leadership and employee creativity. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 20(1): 69-83. 

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers:

Stevenson, R., & McMahon, S. R.  Smart money vs. fast money: Equity crowdfunding and transaction cost optimization for new ventures. Paper accepted for Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2014, Philadelphia.

Ciuchta, M., Stevenson, R., Letwin, C., & McMahon, S. R. Coachability: Development of a New Construct and Scale.  Paper accepted for Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, London, Ontario, June 2014.

McMahon, S. R., & Ford, C. M. 2011.  Heuristic transfer in the relationship between leadership and employee creativity.  Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Tzabbar, D., Vestal, A., Porter, R., & McMahon, S. 2010. Interdependencies of formal and informal structure: Technological exploration and dispersed firms. Presented at the Strategic Management Society meeting in Rome, Italy.

McMahon, S. R., & Ford, C. M. 2010.  Direct and indirect leadership influences on employee creativity in small and medium-sized enterprises.  Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Presentations

Guest Lectures:

Spring 2012, University of Central Florida Department of Philosophy Colloquium, "Knowledge in Context"

Fall 2010, University of Central Florida, GEB 3113 - How to Start a Business, "My Start-up Experience"

Spring 2005, University of Florida Masters of Science in Finance Speaker Series, "Independent Research and the Global Research Analyst Settlement"

 

Conference Presentations:

McMahon, S. R., & Ford, C. M. 2011.  Heuristic transfer in the relationship between leadership and employee creativity.  Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

McMahon, S. R., & Ford, C. M. 2010.  Direct and indirect leadership influences on employee creativity in small and medium-sized enterprises.  Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Professional Activities

Academy of Management (AOM)

  • Annual Meeting Reviewer
  • Invited Participant, Entrepreneurship Doctoral Student Consortium
  • Presenter, Entrepreneurship PDW
  • Presenter, Strategy as Practice PDW

Southern Management Association (SMA)

  • Annual Conference Reviewer

Strategic Management Society (SMS)

Service Activities

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), University of Central Florida
  • Candidate Reviewer: UCF “Joust” Student Business Plan Tournament
  • Candidate Reviewer: UCF “King of the Court” Student Elevator Pitch Competition

Start-up Company Advising (community outreach, i.e., informal & unpaid)

  • Precision Response - Viral Marketing & e-Solution Analytics
  • Magalhaes & Boutwell - Brazilian-US Angel Investment Market Maker

Volunteer

  • Orange County Florida Public Library System “Digital Initiative” Panel Participant
  • Habitat for Humanity: Atlanta, GA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Pittsboro, NC; Biloxi, MS
  • Hands on Atlanta: Atlanta, GA
  • NYCares: New York, NY

Awards

Recognition & Awards:

Recipient of the 2012-2013 University of Central Florida Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Recipient of the 2012-2013 University of Central Florida College of Business Administration PhD Student Teaching Award.

Recipient of the 2011-2012 University of Central Florida College of Business Administration PhD Student Research Award.

Honorary Faculty Initiate:  Invited by student members to be inducted into Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity as an honorary faculty initiate, Spring 2012.

Forbes.com Profile:  Randall, D. “Life After Wall Street: The Teacher.” Forbes.com. May 8th, 2009. Retrieved February 15th, 2012. <http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/08/wall-street-careers-crisis-personal-finance-after-wall-street_2.html >.