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Dr. Rachel C. Wilson

Dr. Rachel Wilson

Dr. Rachel C. Wilson

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
and AMBA Director

Email: Dr. Rachel Wilson



  • Ph.D. – University of Alabama at Birmingham, Administration – Health Services, Specialization in Strategic Management (Dissertation: Strategic Alliance Value)
  • B.S. – University of Alabama, Health Care Management



  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Belmont University (2015-present)
  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Middle Tennessee State University  (2007-2015)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Around the Way Dog, Murfreesboro, TN (2009-2011)
  • Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2001-2007)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Wilstar Construction, Omaha, NE (2004-2007)
  • Visiting Professor of Management and Marketing, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2000-2001)



  • Wilson, Rachel C. (2015). Mayhem: A Hands-On Case Playing Activity for Teaching Porter’s Five Forces to Undergraduate Business Students. Small Business Institute Journal, 11(2).
  • Wilson, Rachel C. (2012). Around the Way Dog. Journal of Leadership, Accountability, and Ethics, 9(5).
  • Wilson, Rachel C. (2010). Management Perspectives of High-Technology Strategic Alliance Outcomes. Journal of Strategy and Management, 3(1), 4-19.



  • Best Paper Award, Teaching Track, Small Business Institute Conference (2015)
  • Highly Commended Paper Award for “Management Perspectives of High Technology Strategic Alliance Outcomes,” published in the Journal of Strategy and Management (2011)
  • Dean’s Recognition for Teaching, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, MTSU (2008 - 2012)
  • Dean’s Recognition for Research, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, MTSU (2009, 2010)
  • Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2006)
  • Entrepreneurship 101 Award, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for UNO’s Maverick High School Entrepreneurship Program (2006)



Dr. Rachel Wilson serves The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business by teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and management and as the director of the Accelerated M.B.A. program.  She received her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Administration - Health Services and Strategic Management.  She received her B.S. in Health Care Management in 1997 from the University of Alabama.  After teaching at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as the Director of the startup Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute and then at Middle Tennessee State University, she joined the faculty at The Massey School in 2015.

Dr. Wilson accompanies Belmont University AMBA students to South Africa for study abroad, and has planned and supervised graduate and undergraduate study abroad programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, and Bangladesh.  She teaches courses in entrepreneurship, small business consulting, and strategic management, and incorporates her consulting experience and prior ownership of both Around the Way Dog, a restaurant, and Wilstar Construction, Inc. into her classroom.

Her primary areas of research focus on strategic alliances used by small and medium enterprises in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. In this research, her objective has been to determine what types of activities and beliefs enhance the value received from partners in those alliances, and what factors diminish that value. Her works have been published in Health Care Management Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, the Journal of Global Competitiveness, Advances in Health Care Management, the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Strategy and Management, among others.  She has been awarded the Highly Commended Paper award by the Journal of Strategy and Management for her work on strategic alliances and the Best Paper, Teaching Track award from the Small Business Institute for her classroom innovation in industry analysis.

Wilson has been married to her husband, Scott, for twelve years and is the proud mother of a daughter, Emily, and two stepsons, Brayton and Brogan.