John R. Becker-Blease

Associate Professor of Finance

Department: Finance
Office: 436 Austin Hall
Phone: 541-737-6061


John Becker-Blease joined the College of Business in the summer of 2009. He teaches courses in corporate finance and financial institutions at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research interests include examining the drivers of corporate innovation, the value associated with increases in visibility, and gender equality in business. His research has been featured in many local, regional, and national media outlets including Business Week, Forbes, The OregonianU.S. News & World Report, NPR, ABC News, MSNBC,the The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. In 2011, he was awarded the Aspen Institute’s prestigious Faculty Pioneer Award as a “Rising Star” for his scholarly and teaching efforts in corporate social responsibility and curriculum reform. 

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Ph.D. (Finance) University of Oregon, 2002

BS/BS (Finance/Insurance) University of Florida, 1996

BA (History) University of New Hampshire, 1991

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Assistant Professor of Finance, Oregon State University (2009-present)

Assistant Professor of Finance, Washington State University, Vancouver (2005-2009)

Reginald G. Atkins Professor, University of New Hampshire (2004-2005)

Assistant Professor of Finance, University of New Hampshire (2001-2005)

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Journal Articles

Becker-Blease, J., and J. Sohl, "The Effect of Gender Diversity on Angel Group Investment", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, vol. 35, issue 4, pp. 709-733, 2011. Abstract
Becker-Blease, J., "Governance and Innovation", Journal of Corporate Finance, vol. 17, issue 4, pp. 947-958, 2011.
Becker-Blease, J., and D. Paul, "Does Inclusion in a Smaller S&P Index Create Value?", Financial Review (The), vol. 45, issue 2, pp. 307-330, 2010. Abstract
Becker-Blease, J., and J. Sohl, "Angel Capital Access for Women-Entrepreneurs", Journal of Business Venturing, vol. 22, pp. 503-521, 2007.
Becker-Blease, J., S. Elkinawy, and M. Stater, "Media Reporting of Executive Resignations: Is There a Gender Difference?", Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 16, issue 2, pp. 98-113, 2007.

Conference Papers

Becker-Blease, J., and J. Sohl, "Confidence and Angel Investment: Does Sex Matter?", Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, vol. 2008, Boston, MA, 2008.


Becker-Blease, J., T. Khoury, and D. Paul, "Does a change in firm visibility affect value?", SMS Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2014.
Becker-Blease, J., "The Sources of Legitimacy for New Venture Angel Investors", European Foundation for Management Development, Maastrict, 2012.
Becker-Blease, J., "Legitimacy and Angel Investment", The Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, London, England, 2010.
Becker-Blease, J., "Governance and Innovation", Financial Management Association, Reno, NV, 2009.
Becker-Blease, J., "Do Men and Women Angels Invest Differently?", Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, MA, 2008.
Becker-Blease, J., "Incorporating Stakeholders into Corporate Finance", Financial Education Association, Hilton Head, SC;, 2008.
Becker-Blease, J., "Integrating stakeholderism into finance.", Stakeholder Marketing Consortium, Boston, MA, 2008.
Becker-Blease, J., "The Advisory Role of the Board of Directors", Financial Management Association, Dallas, TX, 2008.
Becker-Blease, J., "The Impact of Gender on Voluntary and Involuntary Executive Departure", American Society of Business & Behavioral Sciences, Las Vegas, NV, 2007.
Becker-Blease, J., "Confidence and Angel Investors: Does Sex Matter?", Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, 2007.
Becker-Blease, J., "Angel Capital and Women Entrepreneurs", Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Boston, MA, 2005.
Becker-Blease, J., "The Value of Visibility", Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2005.
Becker-Blease, J., "The Value of Visibility", Financial Management Association, Chicago, IL, 2005.
Becker-Blease, J., "Stock Liquidity and Investment Opportunities", Southern Finance Association, Charleston, SC, 2003.
Becker-Blease, J., "Does Inclusion in a Smaller S&P Index Create Value?", Northern Finance Association, Quebec City, Quebec, 2003.
Becker-Blease, J., "Stock Liquidity and Investment Opportunities", Financial Management Association, San Antonio, TX, 2002.

Book Chapters

Becker-Blease, J., "Stakeholder-Focused Corporate Investment", Socially Responsible Finance and Investing, John Wiley & Sons, issue 1, pp. 405-423, 2012.
Becker-Blease, J., "Corporate Responsibility in Finance", Mainstreaming Corporate Responsibility: Cases and Text for Integrating Corporate Responsibility Across the Business School Curriculum , John Wiley & Sons., vol. 2009, issue 1, pp. 198-205, 2009.


Becker-Blease, J., "Do Stakeholders Belong in Corporate Finance?", Case-in-Point from the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education, 2008.

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Honors and Awards

Newcomb Fellow (2012).

Best Paper Award, European Foundation for Management Development (2012).

Faculty Pioneer Award, Rising Star, Aspen Institute (2011).

Newcomb Associate Award, 2010 (Oregon State University)

John Jack Best Paper Award, USASBE Conference (2008).

MBA Society Professor of the Year, 2008 (Washington State University)

Student Business Organization Outstanding Faculty Award, 2007 (Washington State University)

Dean's Excellence Award in Research, Service, & Teaching, 2007 (Washington State University)

Whittemore School of Business & Economics Outstanding Faculty Award, 2004 (University of New Hampshire)

Reginald G. Atkins Professor of Finance, 2004-2005.

International Private Enterprise Center Research Grant Recipient, 2004.

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