Franz T Lohrke

Chair, Dept of Entrepreneurship, Management & Marketing


Contact Information

Phone: 726-2373
Office: Dwight Beeson Hall 219

Biographical Information

 Dr. Franz T. Lohrke holds the Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and is Chair of the Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing Department in the Brock School of Business.  Since 2007, he has helped design and build the Brock School’s Entrepreneurship Program, which the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship selected as the best new entrepreneurship in the U.S. in 2010.  He also designed, championed, and helped implement MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship and international business in 2011.  He has assisted aspiring entrepreneurs for almost 20 years through his teaching and community service activities.  For example, he has taught entrepreneurship classes at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels as well as served as a judge for both the Alabama Launchpad® Business Plan Competition and Birmingham Business Alliance’s Small Business Awards.

Before joining the Brock School of Business faculty in 2006, he served as a faculty member at four other universities including the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and,most recently, the University of Alabama (UA). He developed an entrepreneurship concentration at USM and served on the team that redesigned UA’s into a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program

Lohrke has published articles investigating topics ranging from new venture challenges to small business strategic alliances in several top academic journals including Entrepreneurship:Theory & Practice, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research, and Organizational Research Methods, and he has co-edited two books on entrepreneurship theory.   He also has presented papers at several leading national and international entrepreneurship conferences including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research, U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange,and the Academy of Management conferences.  His other research interests include social entrepreneurship, organizational decline and turnaround, sources and uses of organizational slack resources, new venture internationalization processes and management history.

Lohrke is currently an executive board member for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.  He also serves on several journal reviewboards, including Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice and Journal of Small Business Management, and has reviewed papers investigating entrepreneurship issues for several leading journals including the Academy of Management Perspectives, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, and Small Business Economics. He was chosen as the Outstanding Case Reviewer for Entrepreneurship:Theory & Practice in 2011.

Lohrkeearned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, MBA from the University of Iowa, and BA in Business Administration from Flagler College.  Prior to his academic career, Lohrke worked primarily in the hospitality industry, including banquet services and restaurant management at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT® theme park.


Flagler College (B.A.)
University of Iowa (M.B.A.)
Louisiana State University (Ph.D.)