Charles Murnieks

Associate Professor
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2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. in business administration, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.B.A., Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. in civil engineering, United States Air Force Academy

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Charles Murnieks is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Oregon State University. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and as an instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.  His research interests surround entrepreneurs and their passion, emotions and cognitive processes with respect to opportunity discovery and evaluation.


Dr. Charles Y. Murnieks is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Oregon State University College of Business. Before joining OSU, he held a faculty position at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Murnieks served 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is an award-winning teacher and scholar. In his research, Dr. Murnieks investigates entrepreneurial passion as well as equity investing in new ventures. His research has been published in various journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Management Studies. He currently serves on the editorial board for two entrepreneurship journals, and teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship. Dr. Murnieks earned his doctorate at the University of Colorado and holds an MBA from UCLA and a B.S. in civil engineering from the Air Force Academy.

My Publications

Journal Articles

C. Murnieks, Sudek, R., and Wiltbank, R., The role of personality in angel investing, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 2015.


C. Murnieks, InnovationX, Dean's Council of Excellence. Corvallis, 2018.

C. Murnieks, Passion and Mindfulness, Willamette University Guest Speaker Series. Salem, Oregon, 2016.

C. Murnieks and Mosakowski, E., Who am I? Looking inside the entrepreneurial identity, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Madrid, Spain, 2007.

J. Godesiabois, Murnieks, C., and Mosakowski, E., The games entrepreneurs play, Babson Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Babson Park, 2005.

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