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Oklahoma State University

Doctoral Student Fellows

Lincoln Brown

Many people in Lincoln’s stage of life are thinking of retiring and contemplating ways to check off remaining items from their bucket list. Following a twenty two year career as an engineer, Lincoln founded and operated a number of ventures. He is currently a first year PhD student in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State. He has a BS in Business Administration, and his Masters work is in Human Development and Family Science. Creating jobs has always been a high priority for Lincoln, specifically through entrepreneurial endeavors. After beginning the PhD program, Lincoln began to hear about Austrian economics. The more he heard, the more he realized the reasoning and logic had always been central to his core beliefs. Currently, Lincoln’s research is focused on the family side of family business.

Jonathon Button

Jonathon Button is currently a first-year PhD student in the School of Entrepreneurship. Jonathon attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he received his BA in Management in 2009. Jonathon also earned his Masters in Entrepreneurship in 2013 while starting his own social venture in Central America. Since moving to Oklahoma, Jonathon has focused his research on how entrepreneurship can be used to alleviate poverty. Jonathon is expected to receive his PhD in Entrepreneurship in 2019.


Paul Sanchez  


Paul Sanchez is currently a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University, studying entrepreneurship. Before attending OSU, Paul earned a B.A. in law with an emphasis in corporate law, and an MBA with specialization in finance from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. He later earned a M.S. in entrepreneurship from OSU.
To date, the overall goal of my research is to develop conceptually and test empirically a relatively new entrepreneurship construct at the firm level –entrepreneurial resilience capability. In cooperation with several co-authors, I am working on the conceptual underpinnings and empirical measurement for testing this construct at the firm level. The key idea of this construct is that the impact of highly disruptive events (e.g., natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic downturns, war-zones, supply chain disruptions) on new and nascent start-ups’ performance depends, to some degree, on their dynamic capability to configure inner resources and resourceful behaviors. This is particularly important to the entrepreneurship process model, resource-based view (RBV), resourcefulness frameworks, and entrepreneurial resilience theories in entrepreneurship literature. I have developed some of these theoretical ideas in manuscripts which currently are in the journal review process.
Another important stream of my research examines the role of national and regional institutions on entrepreneurship and venture capital, particularly in emerging economies. To date, my research has resulted in 8 conference proceedings, 5 working manuscripts (2 under review), and 1 paper in revision (revise and resubmit). 

Steve Trost

Steve Trost is a Ph.D. student in the School of Entrepreneurship. Trost received his B.Sc. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University. He has owned and operated a research and development business for 17+ years and is an accomplished inventor, with 12 granted U.S. patents and multiple international patents.  His broad entrepreneurship research interests include creativity and innovation,strategic ambidexterity, and entrepreneurial typology.