Rob Wiltbank, Ph.D.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Willamette University
Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Wiltbank is Associate Professor of Strategic Management for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, a program dedicated to management principles that are core to creating value in for-profit, not-for-profit, and government organizations. He teaches courses on Industry Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Governance, and Venture Finance.

Dr. Wiltbank’s research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to growing new organizations. He is a leading researcher in the field of angel investing, and has published research in top tier academic journals covering topics from change in top management teams, to non-predictive strategies; from entrepreneurial expertise in marketing, to formal venture capital investment practices. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing.

He is also a partner with Montlake Capital, a growth stage venture investment firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He serves on the board of directors for Veriwave Inc. as well as the Angel Capital Education Foundation.

Rob is co-author of the 2009 book The Catalyst from Crown Publishing, based on his research as a Batten Institute Research Fellow with the Darden School at the University of Virginia, selected by Business Week as one of the top 10 books on innovation and leadership in 2009. He is also co-author of a new book from Routledge Publishing titled Effectual Entrepreneurship, based on 15 years of academic research into entrepreneurial expertise. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, and a degree in finance & accounting from Oregon State University.

Faculty for Strategic Governance, 2008 – present; Strategy, 2008 – present; Cultural Leadership Convening, 2014.