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Degrees

  • Doctor of policy, planning and development. University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy, 2013.
  • Master of business administration. California Baptist University, School of Business, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Arts, industrial/organizational psychology. Pepperdine University, Seaver College, 2002.
  • International Study. ITESM, 2000.

Biography

Dr. Jacob Avila is an associate professor of management at the Crowell School of Business at Biola University. Prior to coming to Biola University, Avila served as department chair, MBA program director, and assistant professor of management at California Baptist University (CBU) from 2012-2015. In the industry, he served as executive vice president and general manager of CA Construction, a family-owned construction firm specializing in disaster restoration and government contracting, for over seventeen years.

Avila is a scholar-practitioner and is committed to enhancing the work of construction industry professionals by leveraging the use of action research. He studied international business at Oxford University in Oxford, UK and at ITESM in Guadalajara, Mexico. He received a B.A. degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.B.A. in management from CBU, and a doctorate in policy, planning, and development from the University of Southern California.

Affiliations

  • The Academy of Management
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  • Restoration Industry Association
  • United States Green Building Council
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Society of American Military Engineers Small Business Liaison
  • Society for Industrial and Organized Psychology
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity

Awards

  • Qualified Remodeler Magazine (2013), Top 500 Remodelers of the Year, Ranked #61 in the nation
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Associate, United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

Publications

Avila, J., Jacobs, F. (Anticipated 2014). "An exploration of family business dynamics in the restoration industry." Preparing IRB paperwork.

Avila, J. (Anticipated 2014). "Economics of the restoration industry: Applying Michael Porter's five forces model to analyzing industry dynamics." Preparing IRB paperwork.

Jacobs, F., Avila, J. (2014). Adaptation of a construction management program to online delivery. Associated Schools of Construction international conference proceedings. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Avila, J. (2013). The Impact of Social Capital: A Case Study on the Role of Social Capital in the Restoration and Recovery of Communities after Disasters. University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. (Doctoral dissertation).

Avila, J. (2012). Practical Wisdom for Christian Business Leaders. Neighbors Newspaper. December 2012.

Avila, J. (2010). Entrepreneurship @ RCC Program Workbook 2.0. Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. March 19, 2010.

Avila, J. (2009). Entrepreneurship @ RCC Program 1.1. Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. October 1, 2009.

Avila, J. (2008). Entrepreneurship @ RCC Program 1.0. Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College.

Presentations

Avila, J. (2013). Developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Implications for HR Professionals. Presented at the County of Riverside HR Conference 2013 sponsored by People First. University of California, Riverside. August 28, 2013.

Avila, J., and Jacobs, F. (2013). Teaching Construction Management in the Virtual Classroom. Poster abstract presented at the International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction annual conference. California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Avila, J. (2011). Family Business Constitutions and Decision Making. Guest Lectured for Dr. Keanon Alderson in the California Baptist Universty school of Business. Invited to lecture and address students taking a family business management course. April 4, 2011.

Avila, J. (2010). Family Business Cohesion. Guest lectured for Dr. Keanon Alderson in the California Baptist University School of Business. Invited to lecture and address students taking a family business management course. April 8, 2010.

Avila, J. (2010). Venture Capital. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. May 21, 2010.

Avila, J. (2010). First Pitch Presentations. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. May 21, 2010.

Avila, J, (2009). The Business Plan: Business Plan Writing for Entrepreneurs. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. June 5, 2009.

Avila, J. (2009). Understanding Financials: Financial Statement Analysis for Entrepreneurs. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. May 15, 2009.

Avila, J. (2008). Understanding Financials: Financial Statement Analysis for Entrepreneurs. Presented at the Entrepreneurship Corner seminar series sponsored by the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. October 10, 2008

Courses

California Baptist University

  • BUS337 Management with a Biblical Foundation (Hybrid)
  • BUS343 Human Resource Management (Online and Hybrid)
  • BUS463 Business and Organizational Management (Hybrid)
  • BUS505 Entrepreneurial Management (Online)
  • BUS547 Strategic Management (Online)
  • MKT333 Principles of Marketing (Online)
  • CIS265 Information Systems Essentials (Hybrid)
  • CIS270 Business Information Systems (Online)

Riverside Community College

  • BUS10 Introduction to Business (Classroom and Online)
  • BUS30 Entrepreneurship (Hybrid)
  • MKT42 Retial Management and Marketing (Online)
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