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Research Interests:

  • Crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Resource Acquisition
  • Entrepreneurial Narratives
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Organizational Structure & Theory
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Capital
  • Venture Finance

Teaching Interests:

  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership & Teams
  • Business Strategy
  • Strategic Management
  • Venture Financial Management
  • Venture Capital Valuation

Recent Crowdfunding Research and Venture Finance Work

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Express Yourself: Facial Expression of Happiness, Anger, Fear, and Sadness in Funding Pitches. Journal of Business Venturing. – Warnick BJ, Davis BC, Allison TH, Anglin AH. 2021 (in press).

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Making a Contribution to Entrepreneurship Research by Studying Crowd-Funded Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258719888640 – Pollack JM, Maula M, Allison TH, Renko M, Günther CC. 2021.

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Alert and Awake: Role of alertness and attention on rate of new product introductions. Journal of Business Venturing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2020.106023 – Srivastava S, Sahaym A, Allison TH. 2020 (in press).

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Third-Party Signals in Crowdfunded Microfinance: The Role of Microfinance Institutions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258719839709 – Anglin AH, Short JC, Ketchen DJ, Allison TH, McKenny AF. 2020.

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The power of positivity? The influence of positive psychological capital language on crowdfunding performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 33(4): 470-492. doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.03.003 – Anglin AH, Short JC, Drover W, Stevenson RM, McKenny AF, Allison TH. 2018.

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Persuasion in Crowdfunding: An Elaboration Likelihood Model of Crowdfunding Performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 32(6): 707-725. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2017.09.002 – Allison TH, Davis BC, Webb JW, Short JC. 2017.

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Kickstart OR Jumpstart? Understanding Women Entrepreneurs’ Crowdfunding Performance. In A Research Agenda for Women and Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781785365379. – Srivastava S, Oo P, Sahaym A, Allison TH. 2018.

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The Crowdfunding Research Stream: Origins, Purpose, and Future Trends

Research on entrepreneurial finance and entrepreneurial resource acquisition is vital to bringing equal access to all, supporting diversity, and developing social entrepreneurship and strong entrepreneurial ecosystems. There are many nascent entrepreneurs with promising ideas who simply lack the funds to start and form a business. One’s own wealth tends to be highly correlated with that of family and friends. Thus, friends and family are often not able to help.

Crowdfunding is a wonderful and exciting development. Crowdfunding can often provide a bridge from idea to enterprise for entrepreneurs who struggle to get funded through traditional channels. Understanding crowdfunding is currently the focus of my research program.

About Tom Allison:Dr. Thomas H. Allison is an associate professor of entrepreneurship in the Neeley School of Business at TCU. He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma. His research centers on entrepreneurial finance; novel forms of entrepreneurial resource acquisition, including crowdfunding; and the effects of narrative, rhetoric, and emotional expression on investment decisions. An entrepreneur before earning his Ph.D., he researches, teaches, and loves to talk about how entrepreneurs get the money they need to start and grow their businesses.

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Recently Read: Other Recent Crowdfunding & Entrepreneurial Finance Research

Narcissistic Rhetoric and Crowdfunding Performance: A Social Role Theory Perspective
M Wolfe, JC Short, A McKenny, AH Anglin, R Pidduck Journal of Business Venturing. 2018.
“Drawing from clinical and organizational narcissism research, we develop a novel measure of narcissistic rhetoric, investigating its prevalence in a sample of 1863 crowdfunding campaigns. An experiment using 1800 observations further validates our measure and confirms our hypothesized inverted-U relationship between narcissistic rhetoric and crowdfunding performance. Leveraging social role theory, we explore sex, sexual orientation, and race as potential moderators of this relationship. Moderation tests reveal LGBTQ entrepreneurs generally yield greater performance when using narcissistic rhetoric than heterosexuals while racial minorities underperform Caucasians using narcissistic rhetoric. Our findings suggest successful crowdfunding campaigns must balance narcissistic rhetoric with entrepreneurs’ perceived social roles.”

Funders’ positive affective reactions to entrepreneurs’ crowdfunding pitches: The influence of perceived product creativity and entrepreneurial passion
BC Davis, KM Hmieleski, JW Webb… – Journal of Business Venturing, 2017.
“This study draws upon affective events theory, research regarding funders’
perceptions, and research regarding expectation alignment between products and their
presenters to develop and test an indirect effects model of crowdfunding resource allocation…” PDF