Dr. Ethne M. Swartz

Professor | Management | Feliciano School of Business
Location: SBUS 457
Telephone: 973-655-7649
Fax: 973-655-3164
Email: swartze@montclair.edu


Ethné Swartz, Ph.D., is a 2018 – 2019 Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Her research is focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, management of technology, business continuity and crisis management. Active in the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) she served as a board member and as the Vice President of Conference for the annual conference in January 2011. She has co-authored two books and published in leading peer reviewed journals., notably <i>Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management,</i> <i>Entrepreneurship Research Journal, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Long Range Planning, Journal of Applied Management Studies, Business Horizons, and ET&P</i>. She serves as an editorial board member of the <i>Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship</i> and on the USASBE ethics committee.


Women and Entrepreneurship, Business Continuity Management, International Entrepreneurship, Research Methodology, Entrepreneurship Support Organizations, Big Data and Ethics


  • Ph D, Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, 1994, UMIST, University of Manchester, UK
  • MS, Information Technology, 1990, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • BA, Sociology (Honors), 1983, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • BA, Psychology / Sociology, 1982, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professional Experience

  • Member of National Screening Committee, Fulbright Scholar Program. (June 2021 - May 2022).
  • Research Associate, University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science. (March 2019 - March 2022).
  • U.S. Scholar in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fulbright Scholar Program. (March 2019 - August 2019).
  • Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University. (August 2012 - August 2018).
  • Associate Dean in Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University. (January 2015 - June 2016).
  • Chair of Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department, Fairleigh Dickinson University. (June 2006 - December 2014).
  • U.S. Scholar in Germany, Fulbright Scholar Program. (March 2014 - May 2014).


  • Academic, Fulbright/IIE.org, South Africa. (October 2019 - August 2023). It is increasingly evident that emerging market economies are dependent on entrepreneurial ecosystems. During my current stay, I have been working with entrepreneurial organizations and it is clear that the financial support structure for growth companies in South Africa is inadequate. Early stage capital provided by angel investors forms an important component of any entrepreneurial ecosystem and I wish to serve as a connector between my university and the State of New Jersey's entrepreneurial ecosystem, and those in South Africa. Specifically, I am clear that entrepreneurs in areas such as the major commercial centers (Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban) would benefit from contact with angel investor syndicates based in the New Jersey/New York corridor. These syndicates and specific individuals in the Montclair State University network would assist in building capacity in South Africa. Of note is the existing links that I have at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science and the academic research that we wish to stimulate through this collaboration. GIBS is well-placed to become a hub for research into angel investors and to disseminate this research through academic research, reports and through social media. We would establish a series of seminars to stimulate an academic network and to begin independent research in a field that is currently non-existent.
  • Academic, Excelsior College, New York. (May 2021 - May 2021). External Reviewer for new master's program submitted to NYSED by Excelsior College's School of Graduate Studies.
  • Training/Education, Excelsior College, Albany, New York. (May 2020 - May 2020). Together with two other external reviewers, I participated in a review of the online MS in Management program for the university. The work lasted for just over two days and I received a nominal compensation for this effort.
  • Academic, University of Cape Town Graduate School, South Africa. ( - Present). External Examiner
  • Academic, Zeppelin University, Germany. (March 2013 - May 2013). Visiting Professor
  • Academic, CETYS University, Mexico. (January 2013 - March 2013). Visiting Graduate Professor
  • Academic, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. (April 2011 - April 2011).

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Specialist Grant to University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science , J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and World Learning. (July 2020).
  • Fulbright Specialist Roster Appointment , United States State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. (October 2019).
  • USASBE Longenecker Fellow , USASBE. (January 2019).
  • Fulbright Grant , Fulbright.
  • Fulbright Grant , Fulbright.
  • New Jersey Department of Education Grant - Curriculum Development , NJ D of E.
  • Coleman Foundation Case Study Grant , Coleman Foundation.
  • Research Council Award , Economic & Social Sciences Research Council and Science & Engineering Research Council.
  • Ethel and Erik Eriksen Award , Rhodes University.
  • Ford Motor Company Scholarship , Ford Motor Company.
  • University of Cape Town Scholarship , University of Cape Town.


  • Beyond the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: South African Women Entrepreneurs and Negotiating for Capital Investment This is a second paper planned as an outcome associated with the 2019 Fulbright Scholar Award. The paper will continue with research conducted in 2014 in the USA and Germany that focused on the strategies women entrepreneurs used to negotiate term sheets for capital investment in growth companies.
  • Boundary Spanners in Higher Education: Evidence from a Survey of U.S. Entrepreneurship Educators This study used survey data to investigate the role of boundary spanners in entrepreneurship education in U.S. institutions.
  • Collaboration with Dr. Dianne Welsh and Dr. Norris Krueger to present at International Council of Small Business annual conference and at the GCEC conference on entrepreneurship ecosystem developments.
  • I am one of five editors working on a research volume on Africa. It is due in 2022 and the details are below:<br><b>Swartz, E; </b>Scheepers, C., Lindgreen, A., Yousafzai, S. and Matthee, M. (2022) (eds). <i>Technological Leapfrogging and Innovation in Africa: Digital Transformation and Opportunity for the Next Growth Continent'</i>, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. <br><b>Status: Book proposal accepted, contract signed and recruiting participants.</b>
  • Swartz, E., Herbane, B. and Scheepers, C. (2023). Business Continuity Management: Lessons Learned in the Aftermath of the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020.<br><b>Status: First draft is currently circulating among three editors. I anticipate the final draft will be sent to Routledge by mid-June.</b>

Refereed Published Articles

  • Swartz, E., Scheepers, C., Toeffy, T. Women entrepreneurs’ opportunity identification of digital platform start-ups: Emerging evidence from South Africa. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship,
  • Johnson, M., Jain, R., Brennan-Tonetta, M., Swartz, E., Silver, D., Paolini, J., Mamonov, S., Hill, C. (2021). Impact of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence On Industry: Developing A Workforce Roadmap for a Data Driven Economy. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management,
  • Swartz, E., Brennan-Tonetta, P., Jain, R., Johnson, M., Mamonov, S., Hale, M., Jayaraman, J. In search of pedagogical approaches to teaching business ethics in the era of digital transformation. Journal of Big Data - Theory and Practice,
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F., Marks, J. Contextual Embeddedness as a Framework: The Case of Entrepreneurship in SOUTH AFRICA. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 24 (3), pp. 25.
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F. (2018). Framing Second Generation Gender Bias: Implications for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 23 (2),
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F., Coleman, S. (2016). Examining Women Entrepreneurs’ Negotiating Styles: A Multiple Method and Mixed Mode Research Approach. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 8 (1), pp. 48-68.
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F., Coleman, S. (2016). Still a Man’s World? Second Generation Gender Bias in External Equity Term Sheet Negotiations. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 21 (3), pp. 1-20.
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F. (2016). Through a Fractured Lens: Women Entrepreneurs and the Private Equity Negotiation Process. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 16 (3),
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F., Coleman, S. (2016). Using a multiple method and mixed mode approach to examine women entrepreneur negotiating styles. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 8 (1), pp. 48-68.

Books & Chapters Published

  • Swartz, E., Scheepers, C., Amatucci, F. (2022). How Women Entrepreneurs Create Value in a Democratic South Africa. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Swartz, E., Amatucci, F. (2018). An Interdisciplinary Framework to Deconstruct Second Generation Gender Bias, in Yousafzai. London: Frances & Taylor/Routledge.

Published Proceedings

  • Swartz, E. (2019). South Africa and Nascent Entrepreneurship: Heeding the Call for Context. White Water, Wisconsin: United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Refereed