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Susan Coleman

Prof Coleman

Dr. Susan Coleman is a Professor and the Ansley Chair of Finance at the University of Hartford located in West Hartford, Connecticut.  She teaches courses in entrepreneurial and corporate finance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Coleman’s research interests include entrepreneurial and small business finance. She has published extensively on the topic of financing women-owned firms and is frequently quoted in the business press.  Dr. Coleman recently completed a book (with Alicia Robb) entitled A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-owned Firms published by the Stanford University Press in April, 2012.

Courses: Course Title
FIN 310 Business Finance
FIN 484 Small Business Finance
MBA 616 Corporate Finance
FIN 684 Entrepreneurial Finance
IB 610 Regional International Business Studies, London 2014

Professor of Finance
Phone: 860-768-4690, Room 412B

Dr. Coleman received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and received Masters degrees from both Penn State and the University of Connecticut. She received her doctorate from Pace University in 1989 and was named Outstanding Doctoral Student for that year. 

Research Interests:
Her research interests include access to capital for women-owned and minority-owned businesses. 

Selected Scholarship Articles and Books:
A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms with Alicia Robb (2012).  Stanford, California; Stanford University Press.

“Deconstructing’ Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy: A Gendered Perspective on the Impact of ESE and Community Entrepreneurial Culture on the Financial Strategies and Performance of New Firms” with Dafna Kariv (forthcoming).  Venture Capital.

“Toward a Theory of Financial Bricolage: The Impact of Small Loans on New Businesses” with Dafna Kariv (forthcoming).  Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.

“Gender, Performance and Financial Strategy: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective” with Dafna Kariv (2013).  Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 18 (3).  DOI: 10.1142/S1084946713500209.

“A Resource-Based View of New Firm Survival: New Perspectives on the Role of Industry and Exit Route” with Carmen Cotei and Joseph Farhat (2013).  Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 18 (1).  DOI: 10.1142/S1084946713500027.

“Unlocking Innovation in Women-Owned Firms:  Strategies for Educating the Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs” with Alicia Robb (2012).  Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education 1-2, 99-125.

“Gender-based Performance Differences in the United States: Examining the Roles of Financial Capital and Motivations” with Alicia Robb (2012).  In K.D. Hughes and J.E. Jenning (Eds.) Showcasing the Diversity of Women’s Entrepreneurship Research.  New York: Edward Elgar, pp. 75-92.

“Financing Women-Owned Firms: A Review of Recent Literature” with Alicia Robb (2012).  In D. Cummings (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance.  New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 719-752.

Recent Achievements and Honors:
Named to the Board of Directors for Smith Whiley & Company, 2000-present.

Recipient of Barney Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, 2013.

Appointed to the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, October 2007.  Served 2007-2011.

Recipient of Barney Faculty Excellence Award for Research, 2004, 2008, and 2011.

Recipient of Barney School of Business Faculty Excellence Award for Service, 2000, 2007, 2010.

Recipient of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University.  This is the top service award given at the University of Hartford.  May 2010.

Professional Activities:
She is active in the Hartford Area Business Economists and served as the President of that group from 1999 to 2000.