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John McVea

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.Com., Economics/Engineering, University of Birmingham
    B.Sc., Economics/Engineering, University of Birmingham
    M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
    Ph.D., Entrepreneurial Strategy and Ethics, University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
  • Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurial strategy and social entrepreneurship

John McVea, PhD, researches and teaches in the areas of entrepreneurial strategy and social entrepreneurship.

McVea’s work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and the Journal of Business Ethics. He has written more than a dozen business case studies focusing on market entry strategy, innovation field studies, cash flow forecasting, challenges of growth and the use of social media.

McVea’s teaching philosophy brings together three approaches: student-centered learning through case discussion, writing across the curriculum and place-based education. These approaches result in highly interactive, discussion-based classroom experiences.

Originally from the North of Ireland, McVea has undergraduate degrees in both engineering and economics from the University of Birmingham, England. He has an MBA and a PhD from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Before returning to academia, McVea spent 12 years working in industry for Dupont, initially in product and market development in the US and ultimately as manager of the textile filament manufacturing operation in the UK. After earning his MBA, he worked for Bain & Co. in Boston as a strategy consultant, advising in fields such as paper manufacturing, oil drilling and private equity acquisition assessment.


  • McVea, J. F. (2014). Doran Construction: The Sydney Hall dilemma. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2014). Doran Construction: The Sydney Hall solution. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2011). Doran construction: Fowler entrepreneurship series. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2011). Coughlan industries for Fowler entrepreneurship series. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F. (2009). A field study of moral imagination in entrepreneurial situations. Journal of Business Venturing, (24)(5), pp. 491-504
  • Dunham, L. C., McVea, J. F., & Freeman, R. E. (2008). Entrepreneurial wisdom: Incorporating the ethical and strategic dimensions of entrepreneurial decision-making. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, (6)(1), pp. 8-19
  • Dunham, L. C., & McVea, J. F. (2007). The ethical dimensions of creative market action: A framework for identifying issues and implications of entrepreneurial ethics. (26)(1/4),
  • McVea, J. F. (2007). Constructing good decisions in ethically charged situations: The role of dramatic rehearsal. Journal of Business Ethics, (70)(4), pp. 375-390
  • McVea, J. F. (2005). Dog days. (written case with instructional material)
  • McVea, J. F., & Freeman, R. E. (2005). A names and faces approach to stakeholder management- how focusing on stakeholders as individuals can bring ethics and entrepreneurial strategy together. Journal of Management Inquiry, (14)(1), pp. 57-70
  • McVea, J. F. (2002). Mark Goldberg case -The executive program in biotechnology and ethics. (written case with instructional material)
Books and Chapters
  • McVea, J. F. (2014). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, Volume 2, Business Ethics, 3rd Edition. The philosophy of John Dewey. Wiley
  • McVea, J. F. (2013). Foundations of Business Ethics. Ethics and pragmatism: John Dewey's deliberative approach. Pearson Publishing
  • McVea, J. F., & Freeman, R. E. (2010). A names-and-faces approach to stakeholder management: How focusing on stakeholders as individuals can bring ethics and entrepreneurial strategy together. London London: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Freeman, R. E., Dunham, L. C., & McVea, J. F. (2007). Strategic Ethics. Strategy, wisdom and stakeholder Theory: A pragmatic and entrepreneurial view of stakeholder strategy Ch 8 (pp. 151-178).

  • Academy of Management
  • Association for Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Society for Business Ethics
  • European Management Journal, Reviewer
  • Friends' School of Minnesota
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Reviewer

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - present)
  • Program Director, Executive MBA, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis (2013 - present)
  • Director, Health Care MBA, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2003 - 2010)
  • Instructor, University of Virginia - McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville (1999 - 2000)
  • Management Consultant, Bain & Company, Boston (1996 - 1998)
  • Production Manager, DuPont Fibres - Gloucester Plant, Gloucester (1992 - 1994)
  • Technical Sales Manager, I.C.I Americas, Greensboro (1989 - 1991)
  • Technical Officer, I.C.I. Europe, Doncaster England (1986 - 1989)