School of Business

Kory Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kory Brown, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
On Sabbatical
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Management & Strategy, University of Utah, 2010
  • M.B.A., Idaho State University, 1995
  • B.S.E.E., Brigham Young University, 1991


Dr. Kory Brown is an Assistant Professor of Management and teaches strategy and knowledge management courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs at PLU. He also taught strategy at the University of Utah where he was recognized for outstanding teaching and operations management at Idaho State University. His research interests explore collaborative innovation, technology management, networks, alliances, and entrepreneurship. Prior to earning his PhD at the University of Utah in 2010, Dr. Brown spent nearly two decades in the semiconductor and wireless industries. Starting his career as an electrical engineer after earning a BSEE at Brigham Young University in 1991, Dr. Brown worked at American Microsystems in Idaho and San Diego. He held management roles in R&D, marketing, and engineering, and was a member of the IPO Strategy Team. In 1995, he earned a MBA from Idaho State University where he was named MBA Student of the Year. In 2001, he moved into an executive role as VP Wireless for ZMD, a German semiconductor firm, where he also pursued a venture capital funded spinoff of his division as CEO before the firm chose to internally fund. He has extensive involvement in standard technologies such as ZigBee, Bluetooth, USB, and IrDA. Dr. Brown actively consults with technology firms in technology-centric business planning, corporate strategy, and external financing.