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Associate Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship

Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Jennifer Lynn Woolley is an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Her research and teaching focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and the emergence of firms, industries, and technologies.

Academic Experience

Santa Clara University  - Leavey School of Business

Associate Professor: Management 2013-present

Chair of the Management Department 2015-2018

Faculty Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2016-2019

Assistant Professor: Management 2007-2013

Academic Dean of Entrepreneurship Programs 2010

University of California, Irvine - The Paul Merage School of Business 

Lecturer, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant: Organization & Strategy 2002-2007


University of California, Irvine - Ph.D.

University of San Diego -  M.B.A.

Wellesley College -  B.A.


Dr. Woolley's research has been published in several journals including Academy of Management Discoveries, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. She has presented her work at many conferences including the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, DRUID, and Corporate Social Responsibility Americas conference. She is also an editorial board member of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.  Dr. Woolley's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Kauffman Foundation.


She has received several awards including The EGOS Best Paper Award, The Best Paper Award for the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, The Heizer Award for Outstanding Research, Research Promise Award (AOM-IDEA Awards), Booz-Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society PhD Fellowship Award, the Ray Watson Doctoral Fellowship, a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship, and the Regents Fellowship at UCI.


Dr. Woolley participated in the creation of the California Program for Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, an intensive training program for non-matriculating entrepreneurs. 

Her consulting work focuses on helping entrepreneurs bring ideas to fruition.  

Before returning to academia, Professor Woolley worked in international financewith several firms including Ericsson Wireless, San Diego National Bank, First National Bank, Key Bank, Ashley Kumar & Company, Newton-Wellesley Home Health, and Westhold Corporation.

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