Susan Jensen


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Susan Jensen


PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2003.
Major: Organizational Behavior
Dissertation Title: Entrepreneurs as Leaders: Impact of Psychological Capital and Perceptions of Authenticity on Venture Performance

MBA, Washington University, 1991.

BS, University of Kansas, 1985.
Major: Business Administration/Finance

Professional Positions

Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology, University of Nebraska at Kearney. (2009 - 2016).
Director of Nebraska Business Development Center, University of Nebraska at Kearney. (1996 - 2000).
Assistant Director, Nebraska Business Development Center. (1994 - 1996).
Associate/Consultant, L.J. Hart & Company. (1991 - 1998).
Associate National Bank Examiner, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. (1985 - 1989).

Teaching Experience

University of Nebraska at Kearney

MGT 301, Principles of Management.
MGT 355, Organizational Behavior.
MGT 400, Entrepreneurship.
MGT 401, Small Business Management.
MGT 405, Creativity and Innovation
MGT 409, Leadership.
MGT 490, Seminar in Organizational Behavior.
MGT 493, Social Responsibilities of Business:  Issues & Ethics.
MGT 495, Administrative Strategy & Policy.
MGT 890, Leadership & Organizational Behavior.
MGT 892, Strategic Analysis & Decision Making.


Selected Publications & Presentations

Jensen, S. M., Dogan, R. (2015). Out of Africa: Somali Immigrants bring entrepreneurial spirit to the plans. Just Plains Folks: Studies of the Peoples of the Great Plains.

Leung, A., Luthans, K. W., Jensen, S. M., Xu, H. (2013). Industry Peer Network (IPNs): Constructive Collaboration for Effective Marketing and Management Practices. Journal of Business & Management, 19(2), 51-65.

Jensen, S. M., Seshadri, S., Carstenson, L. G. (2012). Barista's Battle Scars. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(1).
Jensen, S. M. (2012). Psychological capital: Key to understanding entrepreneurial stress? Economics & Business Journal: Inquiries & Perspectives, 4.

Luthans, B. C., Luthans, K. W., Jensen, S. M. (2012). The Impact of Business School Students' Psychological Capital on Academic Performance. Journal of Education for Business, 87, 253-259.

Avey, J. M., Luthans, F., Jensen, S. M. (2009). Psychological Capital: A Positive Resource for Combating Employee Stress and Turnover. Human Resource Management, 48(5), 677-693.

Luthans, B. C., Luthans, K. W., Jensen, S. M. (2011). Academic Success of Business School Students: The Relationship Between PsyCap and GPA. Western Decision Sciences Institute Meeting.

Society for Case Research 2015 Annual Meeting, "Tough Love...or Killing a Dream?," Society for Case Research, Chicago, IL. (2014).

Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, "The Use of Experiential Learning for Leadership Development in Rural Communities," Philadelphia, PA. (2014).

Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference, "How to Be a Leader," UNK Office of Multicultural Affairs, Kearney, NE. (April 2014).

Rural Futures Institute, "Using case-based learning for leadership development in rural communities," Lincoln, NE. (November 2013).

"Learning and Growing with Peers: The Case of Entrepreneurs' Industry Peer Networks," Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Fort Worth, Texas. (2012).

"Out of Africa: Somali Immigrants Bring Entrepreneurial Spirit to Lexington," Mountain Plains Management Conference, Kearney, Nebraska. (2012).

Looking & Leading Like a Professional, Leadership Kearney. (December 2011).

"Benefits of Industry Peer Networks: Knowledge Transfer and Financial Performance," Midwest Academy of Management Conference, Omaha, Nebraska. (2011). 

"Learning Outcomes in a Mock-Jury Trial," National Mountain Plains Management Conference, Ogden, Utah. (2010).

"Mock Juries: Potential tool for assessing critical thinking in Assurance of Learning (AoL) programs," Nebraska Economics and Business Association, Kearney, Nebraska. (2010).


"Using Crowd learning for Leadership Development in Rural Communities," Sponsored by Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska at Kearney, $150,000.00. (January 2013 - Present).