Matthew Metzger, Ph.D.

Matthew Metzger, Ph.D.

Matthew Metzger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Team Lead of Management
Dwire Hall 316


  • Ph.D. Management, University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business, Eugene, OR2012
  • MBA, Entrepreneurship Concentration, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 2007 
  • BA, Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2004


  • Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2012 - present
  • Instructor, University of Oregon
  • Instructor, University of the West Indies


  • Academy of Management
  • United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • Western Academy of Management
  • European Group of Organizational Scholars

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of organization, identity and entrepreneurship theories. I am particularly interested in processes of organizational identity emergence, the agentic and organic ways that organizational identities are maintained and changed and whether/how identities and other cognitive filters influence entrepreneurial processes. Current projects examine:

  • The change or maintenance of an identity ascribed to a category of similar firms in the face of nascent forms of competition
  • The influences that effectual approaches to entrepreneurship have on new technologies
  • The possibility that an organization's identity can be "resurrected" after long periods of dormancy

UCCS Articles about Matthew Metzger, Ph.D.

Referred Journals

Duening, Thomas N., Metzger, Matthew L. and Stock, Gregory. In Press. Entrepreneurial persistence beyond initial failure: Entrepreneurial virtues as dynamic constraints over the entire life path. IEEE Engineering Management Review.

Tomlin, Kathleen, Metzger, Matthew L., Gonzalez-Padron, Tracy and Bradley-Geist, Jill. 2017. Are students blind to their ethical blind spots? Why ethics education should focus on self-perception biases. Journal of Management Education. 41(4): 539-574.

Metzger, Matthew L. and King, Jesse S. 2015. Exploring the nexus of constructivist and effectual perspectives on opportunity production. Entrepreneurship Research Journal. 5(4): 323-346.

Duening, Thomas N. and Metzger, Matthew L. 2014.The entrepreneurial method: Moral virtues as the foundation of entrepreneurial expertise. The American Journal of Entrepreneurship. 1: 78-101.

Howard-Grenville, Jennifer, Metzger, Matthew L. and Meyer, Alan D. 2013. Rekindling the flame: Processes of identity decline and resurrection in Track Town U.S.A. Academy of Management Journal. 56(1): 113-136. 

Meyer, Alan D., Aten, Kathryn, Krause, Alan J., Metzger, Matthew L. and Holloway, Samuel S. 2011. Creating a university technology commercialization program: Confronting conflicts between learning, discovery, and commercialization goals. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. 13(2): 179-198. 

Referred Books

Duening, Thomas N. and Metzger, Matthew L. (Eds.). 2017. Entrepreneurial identity: The Process of becoming an entrepreneur. Edward Elgar: Northampton, MA. 

Referred Book Chapters

Duening, Thomas N. and Metzger, Matthew L. 2016. UCCS entrepreneurial identity project. The Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy. 1: 405-410. Eds. Michael Morris, James W. Walter & Eric Liguori. Edward Elgar: Northampton, MA.

Metzger, Matthew L. 2015. Branding cities. Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Eds. Frederick F. Wherry & Juliet Schor. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. 

Other Publications

Metzger, Matthew L. and Howard-Grenville, Jennifer. 2018. Role regeneration as a pathway to “powerless” category persistence. In Guclu Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-eighth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Online ISSN: 2151-6561.

Metzger, Matthew L. 2017. Book review: the Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the killer companies of the new Silicon Valley are changing the world. The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship. 22(3): 73-75.