Theodore Khoury


Associate Professor, Cameron Professor of Strategy, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship

Office: KMC 430A
Phone: 503-725-8369
Fax: 503-725-5850

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Dr. Theodore A. Khoury is Associate Professor of Management and the Cameron Professor of Strategy, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and is a Visiting Professor at Vlerick Business School in Brussels, Belgium during 2017 — 2019.  He holds a Ph.D. in International Management Studies from the Jindal School of Management at 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.

His research focuses on the role of institutions and social forces within entrepreneurship and innovation processes. With the motivation to understand how entrepreneurship can contribute to the relief of societal challenges, he explores how legal and political systems and social and cultural institutions enable or constrain entrepreneurial actors within developing countries, refugee/diaspora situations, and nascent market environments. His work has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of World Business, Business & Society, Management Decision, and Global Strategy Journal.

He teaches strategy and social innovation courses that involve students doing outreach within communities to support various governmental, non-profit, non-governmental, and entrepreneurial organizations. Currently, he is conducting studies of nascent entrepreneurship in North Africa, diaspora entrepreneurship, social movements and grassroots organizations, and the emergence of informal economies in Jordan’s Syrian Refugee Camps.

He has consulted on projects for the European Commission on the development of entrepreneurship interventions and education policy reform throughout the Middle East (Lebanon, Palestine) and North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco) and also supported the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in programs to support African diaspora entrepreneurship. Further, he supports humanitarian and development-based NGOs through training workshops on intervention design and implementation. 

Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he worked for over 12 years in the area of micro-nanotechnology development in various senior management and consulting roles related to research and innovation strategies and is the inventor of 42 U.S. patents and over 70 patents issued in other countries.