M. Nesij Huvaj, PhD

Associate Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship

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Dr. Huvaj’s research interests span the areas of innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, and entrepreneur-investor relations, with a focus on how investors, entrepreneurs, and managers make important strategic and financial decisions. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Venture Capital, and Journal of Entrepreneurship.

Professor Huvaj has taught a broad range of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels such as Strategic Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Think Like a Leader, Measuring Value, Family Business, Small Business Management, and Failing Successfully, among others. His teaching approach relies on a coupling of theoretical rigor with lively and interactive classroom discussions on the issues and choices that entrepreneurs and managers face today, frequently using the case method. At Suffolk University, he has also served continuously as chair and member of the Undergraduate Program Curriculum Committee, overseeing curriculum revisions and improvements across all business school undergraduate programs.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Best Paper Award, Best Entrepreneurship Paper Award, Best Entrepreneurship and Innovation Paper Award - The Eastern Academy of Management, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship (2018), with Aron Darmody and Robert S. Smith
  • Suffolk University Research Grant (2014), with Aron Darmody and Robert S. Smith
  • Outstanding reviewer award - Academy of Management, Technology & Innovation Management (TIM) division (2014)
  • Outstanding reviewer award - Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy (BPS) division (2011)


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Huvaj, M. N. (2020). A Co-opetition View of the Entrepreneur–Investor Relationship: Modelling Entrepreneurial Exit Pathways. Journal of Entrepreneurship, 29(2): 365-394.

Huvaj, M. N., Johnson, W. C. (2019). Organizational complexity and innovation portfolio decisions: Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment. Journal of Business Research/Elsevier, 98(): 153-165.

Ciuchta, M., Letwin, C., Stevenson, R., McMahon, S., Huvaj, M. N. (2018). Betting on the Coachable Entrepreneur: Signaling and Social Exchange in Entrepreneurial Pitches. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42(6): 860-885.

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Courses Taught

MGES802: Corporate Entrepreneurship (MBA)
MGES803: Think Like a Leader (MBA)
ENT353: Corporate Entrepreneurship
ENT319: Measuring Value
ENT419: Delivering Value

Professional Links

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, University of Connecticut
  • MBA, Purdue University
  • BSc, Middle East Technical University