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LaKami Baker

LaKami  Baker

Managing Director, Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship; Russell Foundation Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies

position: Associate Professor
dept: Department of Management
phone: (334) 844-6533
office: 450 Lowder Business Building

At Auburn since 2008


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, 2007
  • MS (Technology Commercialization), University of Texas at Austin, 1999
  • BSEE, Prairie View A&M University, 1991

Professional Activities

Dr. Baker is the Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business in Entrepreneurship and is an Associate Professor of Management. In this role, she guides students and faculty to creatively generate business ideas, refine their plans to maximize success potential, and acquire the resources needed to implement their ideas. Dr. Baker runs Auburn’s annual Tiger Cage business plan competition and is the inaugural director of the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad Competition.

Dr. Baker teaches courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship at the MBA and undergraduate levels. She serves on the board of the Southern Management Association. Her academic research has appeared in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, The Leadership Quarterly and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Her 2007 Academy of Management Journal article on organizational change won the journal’s best article award.

Dr. Baker earned her PhD in Organization and Management Studies from the University of Texas, San Antonio and also earned an MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas, Austin. She holds a Business Incubation Management Certificate from the International Business Innovation Association and is certified to run workshops on the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Design. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Baker spent 11 years at 3M Corporation and held a variety of positions centered on engineering and product management, including Business Team Leader/Senior Product Marketer, Senior Product Development/Technical Service Engineer, and Advanced Quality Engineer, among others.

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