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Casey Frid

Assistant Professor

  • Education
  • B.A., Mass Communication, Winona State University

    M.B.A., Marketing/International Trade, Clemson University

    Ph.D. Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Clemson University

  • Research Interests
  • Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Collaboration

Casey Frid, PhD, studies entrepreneurship and strategy and has published papers in top academic journals on topics ranging from early stage venture creation to collaborative strategies among firms. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Frid teaches courses on entrepreneurial thinking and strategy in the undergraduate program and has been invited to speak on these topics at the Technical University of Munich, Illinois State University, the College of Charleston and the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Frid’s current research draws on social movement theory to examine the relationship among founder identity, collaborative strategies and community. He has studied how craft brewers’ collective identity shapes both collaborative and competitive actions, as well as how their individual role identities have evolved over time within the craft beer segment. His research has also examined the actions of nascent entrepreneurs as they work to create new organizations. His work has been featured in a number of government reports and practitioner-focused case studies, including Ad Age, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the National Federation of Independent Business. In addition to these research activities, he regularly reviews for the Journal of Business Venturing and Small Business Economics, and he serves within the Academy of Management on the Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee.

Frid received his PhD in 2011 and his MBA in 2006 from Clemson University. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Winona State University. Prior to his academic career, he worked with two startup companies in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Additionally, he developed export strategies for the South Carolina Export Consortium and marketing strategies for a project partnership between LogicTree, Inc. and Telecom Egypt. He also assisted with data collection efforts for the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.


  • Mathias, B., Huyghe, A., Frid, C., Galloway, T. (2018). An identity perspective on coopetition in the craft beer industry. Strategic Management Journal, (39)(12), pp. 3086-3115
  • Frid, C., Wyman, D., Coffey, B. (2016). Effects of wealth inequality on entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, (47)(4), pp. 895-920
  • Frid, C., Wyman, D., Gartner, W., Hechavarria, D. (2016). Low-wealth entrepreneurs and access to external financing. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, (22)(4), pp. 531-555
  • Frid, C., Chowdhury, I., Green, C., (2016). An experiential field study in social entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics Education, (13), pp. 243-264
  • Vedula, S., Frid, C. (2019). Community social capital and the venture gestation process. Reuer, J., Matusik, S., Jones, J. (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Collaboration. Oxford University Press

  • AOM - Academy of Management
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Reviewer
  • Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee, AOM

  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St Paul / Mpls (2019 - present)
  • Associate Professor, Pace University - Lubin School of Business, New York (2011-2019)
  • Instructor, Clemson University, South Carolina (2006-2011)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Washington D.C. (2009)