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John S. Butler - The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. Austin, TX, US

John S. Butler John S. Butler

Director of Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs and Professor of Management | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business


Entrepreneurship, wealth creation, venture capital, minority entrepreneurship, race and economics


Areas of Expertise (10)

Entrepreneurship Venture Capital Immigrant and Minority Owned Businesses Organizational Behavior Black Leadership Racial Integration Technology and Economic Growth U.S. Military and Leadership Innovation and Creativity Austin Entrepreneurship


John Sibley Butler is a professor of management and serves as the director of the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL); a campus-wide initiative to accelerate startups in taking their innovations to market and to transform graduate students into entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Butler is a research expert in the worlds of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, the impact of technological innovation on growth and prosperity, black leadership and racial integration, minority entrepreneurship and organizational behavior.

Butler holds the J. Marion West Chair for Constructive Capitalism in the Graduate School of Business at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint appointment in Organizational Behavior in the College of Liberal Arts, where he holds the Darrell K. Royal Regents Professorship in Ethics and American Society (Sociology).

His research is in the areas of organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and new ventures. He is the Sam Barshop Centennial Fellow at The IC2 Institute, an organization dedicated to the creation of new ventures throughout the world. He holds the Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship at McCombs.

Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. Military. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board; he was reappointed in 2007.

Professor Butler has appeared on over 30 radio and television programs, including Eye On America (CBS Nightly News), The Jim Leher News Hour, CBS Radio Talk Show, The Osgood Report, and Public Radio. In addition, Professor Butler’s research has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and other newspapers and magazines across America.

His books include Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black America: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics; All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way; Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: The Continuous Rebirth of American Communities; and, Forgotten Citations: Studies in Community, Entrepreneurship, and Self-Help Among Black-Americans.



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Education (2)

Northwestern University: Ph.D., Sociology (Organizational Behavior, Methods and Statistics) 1974

Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge: B.A., Organizational Behaviour

Media Appearances (7)

Manufacturing Diversity Institute Targets Underserved Communities

BizTimes  online


The University of Wisconsin-Extension's Manufacturing Diversity Institute hosted a presentation on “Accelerating American Diversity Manufacturing” by John Sibley Butler

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Despite Obstacles, Black-Owned Businesses Are on the Rise in Texas

Alcalde  online


Researchers Bruce Kellison, John Sibley Butler, and Matt Kerwick surveyed nearly 1,000 black business owners across the state.

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Time for Black Parents to Update "The Talk"

Pittsburgh Courier  online


Dr. Butler stands upon an elite landscape of leadership helping to build the regional innovation ecosystems of the 21st century.

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Celebrating the Black Bourgeoisie

Austin American-Statesman  print


Op-ed by John S. Butler. Celebrating lessons of the black bourgeoisie who created communities, business institutions, organizations and private educational institutions that continue to enrich generations.

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20 Austinites You Simply Must Know

Austin Business Journal  online


John S. Butler on list of 20 Austinites to know if your intentions are to become embedded in, and influential to, Austin's business scene.

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Creating an 'Ecosystem' for Minority Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur  online


Butler says struggling cities like Detroit and Newark, N.J., could do more to emulate startup hotbeds such as Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin, Texas.

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Why Do Blacks Receive Fewer Valor Medals?

Stars and Stripes  online


“So, while Vietnam was fought disproportionately by blacks,” Butler said, today’s wars “are being fought disproportionately by whites.”

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Articles (9)

John Sibley Butler Citations Google Scholar

Listing of top scholarly works by John Sibley Butler.

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Social Networks and Regional Advantages in Technology Entrepreneurship SSRN


Research looks at both metro level characteristics such as funding rounds per year, and personal indicators such as regional social network density to create a model that explains the development of high tech regions around the globe.

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Military Capital in the Israeli Hi-tech Industry Armed Forces & Society: SAGE Journals


This article highlights the role of the Israeli military as a socialization institution and a driver of the hi-tech industry.

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Survey of Texas Black-Owned Businesses Bureau of Business Research at The University of Texas at Austin


Report on the state of black-owned businesses in Texas, based on 2010 Census data and a statewide survey of black business owners conducted in 2013.

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Sustaining the Technopolis: High-Technology Development in Austin, Texas IC2 Institute Working Papers


Update and elaboration of the 1988 Journal of Business Venturing article "Creating the Technopolis: High-Technology Development in Austin, Texas."

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Entrepreneurship and the Advantages of the Inner City: How To Augment the Porter Thesis The Review of Black Political Economy


Perspective on Michael E. Porter's management theories and the problem of" inner-city" economics.

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The Minority Community as a Natural Business Incubator Journal of Business Research


This study examines two methods of business implementation, the formal business incubator and a minority business community.

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Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship in America: Toward an Explanation of Racial and Ethnic Group Variations in Self-Employment Sociological Perspectives


This paper investigates the degree to which being self-employed is more prevalent within certain racial and ethnic groups than others.

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"The American Soldier" Revisited: Race Relations and the Military. Social Science Quarterly


Re-examines the classic hypothesis that a relationship exists between racial contact and racial attitudes in the context of recent racial separatism in the military.

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