Dean • Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
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Sharon Matusik is the Dean and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado.

Dr. Matusik’s research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge assets and venture capital. For example, she has looked at topics such as how markets value innovation activities of firms, what accounts for variation in profitability levels of entrepreneurial firms, how the diversification of a venture capital firm affects its performance, the development of risk capital markets around the globe, and gains from innovation activities in emerging markets. Her work has been published in top international academic journals, and is widely cited in the management field.

Her teaching interests are in the area of strategic management and entrepreneurship, and she has taught extensively at the MBA, undergraduate, PhD and executive level. She also spent a semester as a visiting professor at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago, Chile; UDD is ranked number one in entrepreneurship in Latin America. Each spring, she takes a group of MBA students to an emerging economy, most recently to Cuba, to study the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic development.

Dr. Matusik has served in a variety of leadership roles, including senior associate dean for faculty and research and academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School, and as a board member for nonprofit organizations such as the Strategic Management Society and MBA Women International (formerly Graduate Women in Business [GWIB]). She speaks regularly on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and advises local entrepreneurial ventures. She is the 2014 recipient of the Leeds School’s William H. Baughn Distinguished Service award, and has also received awards for her research, teaching and service to her profession. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Matusik worked in the field of consulting for seven years.


  • Ph.D., Strategic Management, University of Washington
  • BA, Economics & English, Colby College