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Darla Moore School of Business


Jeff Savage

Title: Director, Faber Entrepreneurship Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Management
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-5961
Office: Darla Moore School of Business, Room 410E
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Jeff Savage, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at the Moore School. He studies how to commercialize science-driven innovations, patent strategy, and how to grow entrepreneurial and innovation-based ecosystems. Savage earned his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was a National Science Foundation Grant co-recipient. Before finishing his Ph.D., Savage worked as VP of Client Engagement at Marketware, a data-aggregation SAAS firm in the healthcare industry. Savage has consulted with academic and science-driven startups for 10 years, in addition to serving as a faculty mentor in the NSF's I-Corps program and partnering with Savannah River National Laboratories. He is also the faculty advisor for the Gamecock Consulting Club.

What Courses Do You Teach?

At the graduate level, I teach Global Strategic Management (DMSB 711) and BADM790 (New Venture Consulting), where I have managed student-led consulting engagements with a diverse range of companies, from Trane Technologies, GlassWRX, WorldTree, Rainstorm Systems. 

At the undergraduate level, I teach Strategic Management  capstone course (MGMT 478), "The Art of the Start"  (MGMT 490), Principles of Management (Hnrs MGMT 371), and "Innovation Thinktank: Translating Science from Lab Bench to Market" (SCHC 475). 

Why should students take your courses?

I believe that the best form of learning comes from learning-by-doing. I believe that our students are intelligent enough to pick up the basics on their own; therefore, my courses focus on applying data-driven principles, tools, and frameworks classes to real companies. For instance, students in my strategy courses apply the tools and frameworks of strategy to a local start-up, nonprofit, or SME. In "The Art of the Start," students participate first-hand in running an actual company during the semester. Students in BADM 790 and SCHC 475 work with technology- and/or sustainability-driven organizations to help bridge the gap between academia and the business world. 

What do you do when you're not working?

My wife and I homeschool our four children, have 2 dogs, 2 goats, 2 ducks, 13 chickens (currently), a Bengal cat and a Brazilian red-tailed boa. I love to exercise, read, and be outside. I enjoy reading books on health, wellness, philosophy, entrepreneurship, leadership and religion (not necessarily in that order). 

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