Thomas Pittz


(813) 257-3258



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

ICB 213

Meet Thomas Pittz

Assistant Professor, Management


1995 St. Olaf College, B.A.
1998 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, MBA
2015 New Mexico State University, Ph.D.

Courses Taught:

Innovation (Executive MBA program)
Entrepreneurship (Master of Science program)
Strategic Management (MBA and undergraduate programs)

Career Specialties:

Thomas Pittz conducts research at the nexus of strategy and entrepreneurship and is interested in exploring how firms build and perpetuate a culture of innovation. He maintains a particular focus on collaboration across market sectors, where diverse knowledge structures can coalesce to produce novel solutions and systemic change.

Professional and Community Activities:

After nearly two decades of work in industry, including the launch of two entrepreneurial ventures, Pittz received his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 2015. He has focused his teaching and research in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as absorptive capacity in public-private partnerships, entrepreneurial boundary conditions in constrained marketplaces, risk sharing in strategic contracting and micro foundations of collective entrepreneurship. 

His work has been published in scholarly outlets such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, Studies in Higher Education and the International Journal of Project Management, to name a few. His new book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Risk and Decisions: Building Successful Early Stage Ventures, was published in early 2020 by Emerald Publishing, Ltd. 

Pittz has also served as the executive director and senior vice president of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He is an associate editor for Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy and sits on the board of directors for two Tampa-area corporations.

Honors and Awards:

2019: Teaching Innovation Award @ University of Tampa
2018: Graduate Teacher of the Year @ University of Tampa
2017: Researcher of the Year @ University of Tampa
2016: Fulton Outstanding Research Award @ New Mexico State University
2015: Emerald/EMFD Publishers Highly Commended Doctoral Dissertation Award
2015: Best Doctoral Paper in Track, Southern Management Association Annual Conference
2014: Outstanding Doctoral Research Award @ New Mexico State University