Peter Boumgarden joined the Department of Economics and Business faculty in 2010. He teaches management theory, marketing management and management research.

Peter is also a faculty affiliate at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School, a center on business in emerging markets. In 2015, he was selected as an entrepreneurial mentor with the National Science Foundation’s iCorp program, which brings potential high-impact technology from the university to market.

Peter researches, consults and facilitates executive education in the private and nonprofit sectors on topics of innovation, corporate strategy, marketing strategy and leadership development. Past clients include Herman Miller, Edward Jones, Charles Schwab, Oracle and others.

He is currently engaged in a project analyzing early-stage investment strategies in the venture capital industry, specifically exploring how firms seek to more efficiently identify market-disrupting value propositions in the immediate industry and beyond.

His academic work has been published in Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal, among others. In addition to his academic research, Peter serves or has served on the board of several nonprofits in the West Michigan area.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational structure and innovation — Explores the link between the formal organizational structure and its outcomes like innovation and efficiency, and the trade-offs across these organizational values
  • Networks and entrepreneurship — Looks at the role of start-up ecosystems, the networks between firms and how these enable or constrain the development of good ideas
  • Groups and teams — Seeks to understand the ideal form of structural composition (e.g., formalization, specialization, hierarchy) as related to team performance, most often on high-performance innovative team environments


  • Ph.D., organizational behavior and strategy, Washington University in St. Louis (Olin Business School), 2010
  • MSBA, organizational behavior and strategy, Washington University in St. Louis (Olin Business School), 2008
  • B.A., business and communications, Calvin College, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation, iCorp Entrepreneurial Mentor, 2015
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Moog Scholar for excellence in research by PhD candidate, 2009–2010


Articles in Referred Journals

Book Chapters

  • “Earthly Peace in the Halls of the City Schools,” Corners in the City of God: Theology, Philosophy and The Wire, Cascade, 2013


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