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Dr. Candace TenBrink

Dr. Candace TenBrink

Dr. Candace TenBrink

Associate ProfessorManagement and Insurance & Risk Management
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Discipline: Strategy - Management

Candace M. TenBrink Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Marilyn Davies College of Business at the University of Houston-Downtown. Her teaching emphasizes a blend of experiential learning with traditional hybrid methods. She has lead several teaching circles that focus on increasing student learning. While she teaches a wide range of course, she has an affinity for any course that involves dynamic learning and a range of possible solutions (rather than a definitive answer).

Her research interests include the strategic aspects of turnarounds, life cycle issues, and entrepreneurship. She will be teaching entrepreneurship next year in addition to leading a student group to Slovenia and Austria as they study innovation and growth.

She advises technology-based entrepreneurs on strategy related issues and sits on several local boards. Her non-profit involvement ranges from leading academic groups at a local middle school to politics to actively pursuing philanthropy with the National Charity League. Prior to entering academia, she was the founder and managing partner of a film production firm in NY. Her background also includes supply chain management and investment banking in the semiconductor equipment industry.

Degrees Earned

University of Houston; Bauer College of Business, Ph.D.

Emphasis in Strategic Management

University of Michigan; Stephen M. Ross School of Business, MBA.

Emphasis in Finance and Corporate Strategy

Michigan State University; Eli Broad School of Business, B.A.,

Major: Materials and Logistics Management

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses:

MBA 6202 Strategic Management

MBA 6216 Capstone

MBA 6344 Interpersonal Leadership

MBA 6382 Project Life Cycle: Initiating/Planning

Undergraduate Courses:

BA 4302 Business Strategy

INT 3350 Growth & Innovation: A comparative analysis between the US and two members of the EU.

MANA 335 Introduction to Organizational Behavior and Management (UofH)

MANA 4333 Current Issues in Management: Strategy & Organizational Behavior Concerns Across the Firm Life Cycle (UofH)

Experience Qualifications


TenBrink, C. M. 2018. Executive Malfeasance: Surprisingly, Honesty May Not Be The Best Policy. Society and Business Review,

TenBrink, C., Gelb, B. & Keller R. 2018. Successful Rebounds: How Firms Overcome Their Middle-Age Crisis. Journal of Business Strategy, 39(3), 3-8.

TenBrink, C. & Gelb, B. 2017. When Firms Mature: Keeping the Ho-Hum at Bay and Embracing Change. Journal of Business Strategy, 38(5), 12-17.

TenBrink, C., Keller, R., & Gelb, B. 2017. Turnaround Success in High Technology Growth Stage Firms. Journal of Management Policies and Practices, 18(3), 13-27.

Discussant, Facilitator, & Panelist

Integrating Design Thinking into the Strategic Management Curriculum. (Sept.) 2018. Strategic Management Society Conference, Paris. Panelist.

Corporate and Academic Strategies, 2018. Southwest Academy of Management conference. Facilitator.

Management and Millennials: Where are They Taking Us? 2017. Southwest Academy of Management conference. Discussant.

More Information

Corporate and entrepreneurial experience

Fortune 500 to startups.

Industries: Investment Banking, Semiconductors, Media.

Roles: individual contributor to consultant to managing partner

Giving back: advisor to technology firms in Houston