Managing Director, Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship
|dept:||Department of Management|
|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
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.