Violetta Gerasymenko
Interim Director, InnovationX

Violetta Gerasymenko is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Oregon State University. She is also on the board of advisors of the Advantage Accelerator at OSU. She earned her Ph.D. from HEC Paris and holds several other degrees: an M.A. (with honors) and B.A. (with honors) in Finance and Banking from Dniepropetrovsk State University (Ukraine), an M.A. in International Management from EUROMED, Marseille School of Management, and an M.A. in Economics from University Sorbonne-Pantheon, Paris. 

Before joining the faculty at Oregon State, Violetta held visiting scholar positions at MIT Sloan, New York University, and National University of Singapore and an Assistant Professor position at Nova SBE in Portugal. Her research focuses on understanding the boundaries of organizational learning in cognitive forecasting under high uncertainty, the behavioral antecedents and consequences of dynamics of organizational attention, and business model change processes and implications for entrepreneurial ventures.

Violetta's research work has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings and other international journals and book chapters in both English and French. She currently teaches Entrepreneurship at the College of Business. 

Prior to joining academia, Violetta worked as an analyst in one of the major venture capital firms in Paris, France. She is regularly invited to be part of startup competition juries and is a passionate coach of entrepreneurial ventures.

Jeffrey Barden
Director, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Jeff Barden is an associate professor and the program director of the strategy and entrepreneurship area at the Oregon State University College of Business. Jeff earned his Ph.D. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. in economics from the University of North Carolina. Before joining Oregon State University, Jeff served on the faculty of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Prior to his academic career, Jeff worked in market research and business-to-business sales at start-up companies in North Carolina.

Jeff's research focuses on technology and inter-organizational strategy. Jeff's research appears in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Sport Management, Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Organization. Jeff serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal.

Dale McCauley
Manager, InnovationX

Dale McCauley is the program manager for InnovationX, student engagement and makerspace in the College of Business. He is also the student outreach and engagement coordinator for the strategy and entrepreneurship discipline.

Dale works to develop student startups with the BA160 Entrepreneurial Cohort and Launch Academy programs. He leads a number of VentureWell Student E-Team grants and has presented at the VentureWell annual conference on launching student startups. Over the past five years, Dale has helped launch dozens of student startups at OSU taking them from the germ of an idea to a company ready to launch.

Dale runs the DAMLab makerspace, providing students with access to cutting edge fabrication tools such as 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. Dale teaches workshops to familiarize students with the tools needed to prototype their ideas and develop new products.