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Peter Boumgarden, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management, Hope College
Faculty Affiliate, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan, Ross Business School
Ph.D. Organizational Behavior/ Strategy, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School
B.A. Business and Communication, Calvin College

Peter Boumgarden is an assistant professor of management at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. At Hope, Professor Boumgarden teaches Marketing Strategy, Management Theory, and Organizational Research. At Washington University in St. Louis, Peter taught Quantitative Business Analysis and Negotiations at the Olin Business School and guest lectured on social entrepreneurship at the Brown School of Social Work. Dr. Boumgarden is also a Faculty Affiliate at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan / Ross Business School, a center focused on business in emerging markets In 2015, Dr. Boumgarden was selected as an entrepreneurial mentor with the National Science Foundation’s I-Corp program, a model for bringing potential high-impact technology from the university to market. He is the co-founder of the company on which that project was based, UMP Analytical, and currently sits as their Chief Strategy Officer.

Peter Boumgarden researches, consults, and facilitates executive education in the private and non-profit sectors on topics of innovation, strategy, marketing, and leadership development. Past clients include Herman Miller, Edward Jones, Bunge Global, CCA Global, Shape Corporation, Monsanto, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Creative Dining Service, Methodist Health Care System and National Association of Social Work, amongst others. Dr. Boumgarden’s work typically revolves around helping organizations develop processes for learning and innovation, helping leaders identify the structural trade-offs of sustainably differentiating strategies, and the role of organizational values in shaping such decisions. He is currently engaged in a project on analyzing early stage investment strategies in the venture capital industry, specifically exploring how firms seek to more efficiently identify market-disrupting value-propositions in the immediate industry and beyond. In addition to his academic research, Peter serves or has served on the board of several non-profits within the West Michigan area.

Dr. Boumgarden completed his PhD in Strategy and Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School in 2010 where he won the Hubert C. Moog Scholarship for excellence in doctoral research. At Olin, Peter researched the link between structural change and long-term organizational performance (USA Today and Hewlett-Packard), the biases of investment in organizational innovation (Fortune 200 agribusiness), and the relationship between team structure and innovation (Fortune 100 high technology). His academic work appears in Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal, and his practitioner-focused work in the online publications of Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review, amongst other outlets.