» Dr. Richard J. Sudek
Assistant Professor, Director, Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics; Clinical Faculty

George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Dr. Richard J. Sudek
Office Location:
Beckman Hall 307F
Phone:
(714) 744-7065
Email:
Education
University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Science
The Claremont Graduate University, Master of Arts
The Claremont Graduate University, Master of Business Administration
The Claremont Graduate University, Ph.D. in Management
Biography
Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ph.D. in Management from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Dr. Sudek’s primary research interests are in the area of entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial leadership, and team leadership.

Dr. Sudek has taught at INSEAD in France, the Rotterdam School of Management in Holland, and at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of CGU.

In 1982 he founded Nadek Computer Systems, a computer consulting firm, and in 1999, sold the company to SAIC. He has served on advisory committees for Microsoft, IBM, Novell, and Cisco. In addition, he currently consults extensively with startup companies on matters related to strategy, financing, operations, and executive coaching.

Currently an active angel investor (venture capital) with over 20 investments in startup companies, Mr. Sudek sits on the Tech Coast Angels board of governors (the largest angel investment organization in the US). In addition, he is on the board of directors for the Angel Capital Association, a national angel trade association. Through Tech Coast Angels, he has screened in excess of four hundred start-up companies.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Villanueva Aguila, Jaume; Sapienza, Harry; Sudek, Richard. Does it matter how you tell it? How entrepreneurial storytelling affects the opportunity evaluations of early-stage investors. 2013 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2013 BCERC) Babson College; EMLYON Business School Écully (France)
Hurley-Hanson, A.E., Giannantonio, C.M. & Sudek, R. A Model of High-Tech Entrepreneurial Careers: The Life and Career of Steve Jobs. The Journal of Business Leadership, 2013, pp. 87-102.
Mitteness, C., Cardon, M., and Sudek, R. 2012. The Importance Angels Place on Passion when Making Investment Decisions: Why does it matter to some and not all angels? Journal of Business Venturing, 27(5): 592-606.
Mitteness, C., Baucus, M., and Sudek, R. 2012. Horse vs. Jockey? How Investment Opportunity Beliefs and Industry Experience Affect Angel Investing Decisions. Venture Capital: An international journal of entrepreneurial finance, 14(4): 241-267.
Mitteness, Cheryl R. and Sudek, Richard (2011) "SOCIAL INFLUENCE IN ANGEL INVESTING," Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 31: Iss. 1, Article 3.
Mitteness, C., Cardon, M., and Sudek, R. The Importance Angels Place on Passion when Making Investment Decisions: Why does it matter to some and not all angels? Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research,30(2), Article 2.
Wiltbank, R. Sudek, R. 2010. The Role of Prediction in New Venture Investing. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 29(2), Article 3.
Cardon, M., Sudek, R., and Mitteness, C., 2010. The Impact of Perceived Entrepreneurial Passion on Angel Investing. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 29(2), Article 2.
Mitteness, Cheryl R.; Sudek, Richard; and Baucus, Melissa S. (2010) "ENTREPRENEURS AS AUTHENTIC TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERS: CRITICAL BEHAVIORS FOR GAINING ANGEL CAPITAL," Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 30: Iss. 5, Article 3.
Sudek, R., Mitteness, C., and Baucus, M. 2008. Betting on the Horse or the Jockey: The Impact of Expertise on Angel Investing. Academy of Management 2008 Best Paper Proceedings.