David Dixon

  • Assistant Professor of Business
  • Business Management & Leadership Program Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D. in Management, Stanford University
  • M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University
  • M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. with Honors in Sociology, minor in Business, Brigham Young University

You need more than just reading and lecturing to thrive in the wide business universe, which is why I am constantly seeking to provide real-world experiences to our students. Business education is a degree of creation, organization, and the design of meaningful work, and of communicating clearly in a way that helps others find solutions. It is tackling real-world problems in all aspects of life through critical thought, informed by a diversity of experiences. I love Southern Virginia University’s business education; we embody the teaching and the application of correct principles. From economics to management, we are a science of the social, and the study of being more together than we can be alone.


Education


  • Ph.D. in Management, Stanford University
  • M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University
  • M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. with Honors in Sociology, minor in Business, Brigham Young University

Courses


  • Business Management & Leadership Major: Introduction to Business Careers, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Organization and Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Joined the Southern Virginia University faculty in 2018
  • Helped teach Management & Entrepreneurship in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, 2017-2018
  • For Profit
    • Founder, Health Services Company (30+ employees. Sold), 2010-2015
    • Section 8 Low-Income Property Manager, WA Boston, 2011-2013

    Non-Profit

    • Leadership Body, Kaiizen foundation, 2009-2010
    • Development Director for a regional theater company, 2006-2010
    • Lead Business and Leadership Advisor, Micro-Business mentors, 2009

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Academic expertise in Innovation/Invention in Teams: A mixed methods field researcher exploring how learning, innovation, and invention takes place in teams, 2015-current
  • Further expertise in Sociology of Work and Careers: Ongoing projects in the social psychology of career progress, 2013 – Current
  • Project on the impact of external events on career preference, 2014 – 2015
  • Served in the Faculty Center of Brigham Young University’s Faith & Learning Initiative, leading research on how professors can be both intellectually enlarging and character building. 2013-2015
  • Written popular articles which have been recorded, translated, and published in outlets around the world
  • “The Power of Progress in Positive Identity Work,” paper presented at Academy of Management, Philadelphia, 2014
  • “Hotter or Colder: The Critical Role of Self Progress in the Evaluation of Career Choices,” paper presented at the Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference at Ross School, Michigan, 2017

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Program Coordinator, Business Management & Leadership, 2019
  • NSF Grant Co-Author and Award Recipient, 2018
  • Stanford Office of International Affairs Doctoral Student Grant Award Recipient, 2016
  • ORCA Grant Award Recipient, 2014
  • Served as an editor and feature writer for the BYU Honors Program Periodical, Insight Magazine, 2010
  • Entrepreneurship Africa Research Group Member, 2017-present
  • Founding Member of the Sunlight Society, with Dr. Robert Epstein, 2017-present

Memberships


  • Academy of Management
  • American Sociological Association
  • The Heterodox Academy
  • The Sunlight Society