Perspectives on Arts Entrepreneurship, Part 2


  • William B. Gartner California Lutheran University and Copenhagen Business School
  • Joseph Roberts Webster University
  • Mark Rabideau Depauw University


This is the second in our opinion series, “Perspectives,” in which we invite Artivate's editorial board members and contributors to respond to open-ended prompts about their position in relation to arts entrepreneurship; how arts entrepreneurship is situated in relation to other disciplines or fields; what problems we are grappling with as scholars, practitioners, teachers, and artists; and what are the research questions we are attempting to answer individually or as a field. This article includes responses from: William B. Gartner, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School and California Lutheran University; Joseph Roberts, Director of the Coleman Fellows Program, Associate Professor of management at Webster University, and co-editor of Artivate; and Mark Rabideau, Director of the 21st Century Musician program at DePauw University.

Author Biographies

William B. Gartner, California Lutheran University and Copenhagen Business School

William B. Gartner holds a joint appointment with California Lutheran University (Spring and Summer Terms as a Professor of Entrepreneurship) and Copenhagen Business School (Fall Term as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Art of Innovation).

Prior to this joint appointment with CBS and CLU, he has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, San Francisco State University, the University of Southern California and Clemson University. He is the 2005 winner of the Swedish Entrepreneurship Foundation International Award for outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship and small business research. He is one of the co-founders of the Entrepreneurship Research Consortium, which initiated, developed and managed the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (

His service to the entrepreneurship field has included two consecutive terms as Chair of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division (1985 + 1986), special issue editorships for the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV) and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP), and Editorial Board memberships with the Academy of Management Review (AMR), Journal of Management (JOM), JBV, ETP, the Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM) and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ).

His research has been published in AMR, JBV, ETP, JOM, JSBM and SEJ; won awards from the Academy of Management, ETP, and the Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference; and has been funded by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Coleman Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Foundation of America, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Corporate Design Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2013, he was a Fellow at the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia where he did research and writing on “the rhetoric of entrepreneurial practice,” and in 2014 he received a grant from the PACE Project at Aarhus University, Denmark to support research on the development of narrative theories and practices to enhance entrepreneurship pedagogy and training.

His current scholarship focuses on entrepreneurial behavior, the rhetoric of entrepreneurial practice, and the hermeneutics of possibility and failure.  His book "Entrepreneurship as Organizing" was published in February 2016 by Edward Elgar.  

Joseph Roberts, Webster University

Dr. Joe Roberts received his PhD from University of Chicago. He is Chair of The Management Department and also serves as Director of The Entrepreneurship Program. He is The National Program Director of The Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellows Program. He won an award for the 2012 Peter Drucker Challenge. His work includes presenting entrepreneurship and innovation workshops and seminars in China, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Finland and India. He has authored several articles and won the Telly and Aegis Awards for the documentary "Entrepreneurship, Then and Now." Dr. Joe Roberts works as an entrepreneurship consultant and has extensive experience helping entrepreneurs procure start-up funding.

Mark Rabideau, Depauw University

Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment. Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to serving as producer/host of Live from Smoke (NYC); founder and executive/artistic director for Artists Now (Highland Park, NJ); producer of Worlds End, an original work with the American Repertory Ballet; and founder of Art in Unlikely Places, a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved.

Mark’s bravest moments were spent performing with “the world’s most dangerous orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico), proudest as artist/faculty for three International Trombone Festivals, and most cherished while commissioning, performing and recording chamber music with his quartet, CTQ. A compelling arts advocate, he has served on the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, College Music Society and the National Association for Schools of Music. Scholarly work includes lectures at Cambridge and Brandeis Universities, membership on the editorial board of Artivate and the post of publisher for Mark’s current book project is “Why Practice? Embracing ‘the joy of the struggle.’ ”




How to Cite

Gartner, W., Roberts, J., & Rabideau, M. (2015). Perspectives on Arts Entrepreneurship, Part 2. Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 4(2), 3–9. Retrieved from