Executive Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute

Professor of Management, Will and Maggie Brooke Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurship


Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
B.C.B., University of Colorado at Boulder


Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne’s expertise is in the areas of entrepreneurship, human capital management and strategic leadership in high growth, entrepreneurial and high change organizations. Dr. Welbourne’s research and work have been featured in popular publications such as Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Week, New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine and published in books and in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Human Resource Planning, Journal of Organization Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leader to Leader, Organization Dynamics and Group and Organization Management. Theresa is a prolific writer, well known speaker, and she focuses on turning rigorous research into practical tools that are being used by organizations around the world. She consults with numerous organizations in multiple industries including manufacturing, high technology, telecommunications, financial services, and professional consulting organizations. Theresa was awarded the 2012 Academy of Management Distinguished HR Executive Award (for contributions in research, teaching and practice). She was named a Top Technology Trendsetter in 2014 by Survey Magazine. Theresa runs a large-scale research study on initial public offerings (IPOs), which focuses on the development of new learning to identify the drivers of sustainable and continual firm-level growth. In addition, she holds an appointment as an affiliated research scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California. She also is the founder, president, and CEO of eePulse, Inc., a human capital technology and consulting firm.

Selected Publications

Welbourne, T. M., Paterson, T. A., (2017). Advancing a Richer View of IDentity at Work: The Role-Based Identity Scale. Personnel Psychology, 70(2), 315-356.

Wlebourne, T. M. (2014). Two numbers needed for growth and innovation: Working and optimal employee energy. Organizational Dynamics, 43(3), 180-188.