Dr. Sara Elias

Dr. Sara  Elias
Position
Assistant Professor

Credentials

Master of Music, Missouri State University; MBA, Missouri State University; PhD in Business Administration, University of Missouri

Contact
Office: BEC 228

Expertise

  • Arts entrepreneurship
  • Aesthetics in organizations and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship as practice
  • Entrepreneurial imagining
  • Creative entrepreneurial processes
  • Qualitative methodologies

Dr. Sara Elias joined the Gustavson School of Business in 2016. She brings a passion for understanding how entrepreneurs use their imaginations to create novel ideas by reflecting on their past and present experiences as a means of shaping the future and by collaborating with customers, both real and imagined. Sara is also passionate about researching qualitative methodologies, striving for an in-depth understanding of researchers’ experiences and challenges in the field as they engage in the process of “doing” qualitative research in organizations and management.

Sara’s primary research interests relate to exploring how novelty emerges from entrepreneurs’ thoughts, perceptions, images, and actions, as well as from their interactions with the surrounding environment. Bridging the entrepreneurship and organizational aesthetics literatures, her work embraces philosophical assumptions such as relationality, interdependence, and intersubjectivity. Her most recent research examines how creative entrepreneurial processes unfold within a variety of arts entrepreneurship settings, shedding light on the processes of creative imagination and the co-creation of aesthetic value. Broadly, her research interests include creative entrepreneurial processes, entrepreneurial imagining, arts entrepreneurship, aesthetics in organizations and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship as practice, and qualitative methodologies. Sara’s primary teaching interests are in entrepreneurship, strategy, organizational behavior, and organizational theory. Both her teaching and research have been recognized with several awards. Her academic interests stem from her background in business, engineering, and music, as well as from her experience as an entrepreneur, music manager, performing artist, and managing director of Associação CICO, an international center for promoting the performing arts, headquartered in Portugal.

Sara has served as a Special Issue Co-Guest Editor at Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. In addition to having a book chapter in The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies, Sara has published in Organization Studies, Organization, Journal of Management Inquiry, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, and Organizational Research Methods.

Journal Publications

Duncan, C. M., & Elias, S. R. S. T. A. (2020). (Inter)subjectivity in the research pair:  Countertransference and radical reflexivity in organizational research. Organizationhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1350508420928524

Crawford, B., Chiles, T. H., & Elias, S. R. S. T. A. (2020). Long Interviews in Organizational Research: Unleashing the Power of ‘Show and Tell. Journal of Management Inquiryhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1056492620930096

deGama, N., Elias, S. R. S. T. A., & Peticca-Harris, A. (2019). The good academic: Re-imagining good research in organization and management studies. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 14(1), 2–9. https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-03-2019-681

Elias, S. R. S. T. A., Chiles, T. H., Duncan, C. M., & Vultee, D. M. (2018). The aesthetics of entrepreneurship: How arts entrepreneurs and their customers co-create aesthetic value. Organization Studies, 39(2-3), 345–372. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840617717548

Peticca-Harris, A., deGama, N., & Elias, S. R. S. T. A. (2016). A dynamic process model for finding informants and gaining access in qualitative research. Organizational Research Methods, 19(3), 376–401. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1094428116629218?rss=1

Chiles, T. H., Elias, S. R. S. T. A., Zarankin, T. G., & Vultee, D. M. (2013). The kaleidic world of entrepreneurs: Developing and grounding a metaphor for creative imagination. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 8(3), 276–307. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/QROM-05-2012-1070/full/html

Chapters

Vultee, D. M., Chiles, T. H., & Elias, S. R. S. T. A. (forthcoming). Entrepreneurial imagination: A Blakean perspective. In K. Pavlovich and G. Markman (Eds.), Spirituality, Entrepreneurship and Social Change. Singapore: World Scientific.

Chiles, T. H., Elias, S. R. S. T. A., & Li, Q. (2017). Entrepreneurship as process. In A. Langley and H. Tsoukas (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies (pp. 432–450). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Recognition & Awards

2019 Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, Strategizing Activities and Practices Interest Group
2017 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s 2017 NFIB Doctoral Dissertation Award - Finalist
2016 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division
2015 Ronald B. Shuman Best Student Paper Award, Academy of Management, Management History Division
2012 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri
2011 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri
2004 Music Talent Presidential Award, Missouri State University

Grants

  • 2019-2020 Gustavson Executive Program Research Grant, Funded by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, awarded April 2019 ($2,500.00), Funded - In Progress, Spring 2019, PI Sara R. S. T. A. Elias with CoPI Sérgio Vogt, CoPI Yara Bulgacov

  • 2018-2019 Gustavson Executive Program Research Grant, Funded by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, awarded April 2018 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2019, PI Sara R. S. T. A. Elias with CoPI Carrie M. Duncan

  • Rural Development Programme Grant, Funded by European Network for Rural Development, Portugal, awarded November 1, 2013 (€200,000.00), Completed, Summer 2015, Ana L. S. T. A. Elias with Alberto O. A. Elias with Sara R. S. T. A. Elias

  • Award Prémio Milénio Sagres-Expresso 2004, Funded by Beers Central Society - Sagres Beer (€50,000.00), Completed, Summer 2015, Ana L. S. T. A. Elias with Sara R. S. T. A. Elias

  • Centennial Mini Grant, Funded by Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, University of Missouri ($2,500.00), Completed, Fall 2014, PI Sara Elias (100%)

Courses Taught

  • Strategic Management (BCOM, Entrepreneurship Specialization)
  • Portfolio Practicum (BCOM, Entrepreneurship Specialization)
  • Growth Mindset & HR Development (Executive Programs, Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) Program)