Trent Williams

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Room: 538

Ph D, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management)

Trenton (Trent) Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He earned a B.A. in English and philosophy from Brigham Young University, an M.S. from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Previously, Trent was a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Trent worked with two start-up ventures before becoming a Management Consultant in the Dallas area with Deloitte Consulting and then PwC Advisory. Trent has lived in Indonesia, several US states, and Paris, France. Trent's research interests are primarily oriented around venture emergence under extreme resource constraint, resourcefulness, resilience, and decision-making. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship; social-entrepreneurship (with a Costa Rica travel component); design thinking and opportunity recognition; and strategic management. In his spare time, Trent enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with his family.

Research Topics

  • Venture emergence
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience
  • Decision-making

Entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategy, international business, and consulting

Williams’s research focuses on entrepreneurial venture emergence, resourcefulness, decision-making and resilience. His work has appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management Studies and The Academy of Management Learning and Education, among others. He is particularly interested in idea generation at early stages of venture creation, resourceful venture actions under extreme constraints and teaches entrepreneurship classes at Whitman focusing on ideation and creativity.

Selected Publications

  • "Thinking about entrepreneurial decision making review and research agenda", Journal of Management, 2015
  • "Mixed-Method Social Network Analysis: Combining Inductive Concept Development, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data for Quantitative Analysis", Organizational Research Methods, 2015
  • "Overcoming the Walls That Constrain Us: The Role of Entrepreneurship Education Programs in Prison", Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2014
  • "How Does Project Termination Impact Project Team Members? Rapid Termination, 'Creeping Death', and Learning from Failure.", Journal of Management Studies, 2014
  • "Local Venturing as Compassion Organizing in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster: The Role of Localness and Community in Reducing Suffering", Journal of Management Studies, 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper - Annual Meeting (2014)
  • Annual Award - Kelley School (2013)
  • Participant - AOM Entrepreneurship Doctoral Consortium (2013)
  • Research Grant - IU Kelley School of Center for Business of Life Sciences (2013)
  • William Panschar Undergraduate Teaching Award - Indiana University (2013)
  • Research Grant - IU Center for International Business Education and Research (2012)