Peter Snyder

Peter Snyder


  • PhD Management Science, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2008
  • MA Church History and Theology, Wheaton College, 2001
  • MBA, University of Kansas, 1993
  • BBA Entrepreneurship and Management, Baylor University, 1990


Professional experience

  • Instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Project Manager – Operations Planning at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • National Manager of Outbound Take-With Channel Transportation at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Industrial Engineer at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Independent Consultant


Dr. Peter Snyder has been at Calvin since 2008 and teaches courses on strategic management, entrepreneurship, and management. He earned a PhD in Management Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee after having worked at the corporate headquarters of Sears, Roebuck and Co., first as an industrial engineer and later as a national operations manager and as a project manager.

He enjoys teaching management at Calvin and working with students as they grow in their understanding of business and how their faith can inform it. Professor Snyder actively pursues research in the areas of strategic management and innovation. His research has focused primarily on the intersection of corporate governance, decision making and innovation.

On a personal level, Professor Snyder enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He loves playing with his family and watching his children's games and recitals. On occasion he even coaches a youth team.

Courses Taught

  • BUS 360 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 368 - Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 396 - Strategic Management


  • Snyder, P.J. 2015. Common grace and the Eucharistic practice of hospitality in strategic planning. Journal of Markets & Morality; 18 (1): 43-60.
  • Cawley, B.D. & Snyder, P.J. 2012. Beyond resource-based theory: Further avenues for I-O psychology ventures into strategic management. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice; 5: 112-115.
  • Snyder, P.J., Priem, R.L., & Levitas, E. 2009. The Diffusion of illegal innovations among management elites. Academy of Management Conference Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Snyder, P., Hall, M., Robertson, J., Jasinski, T., & Miller, J.S. 2006. Ethical rationality: A strategic approach to organizational crisis. Journal of Business Ethics; 63: 371-383.


  • Calvin Center for Innovation in Business Fellowship 2010, 2011
  • Calvin Research Fellowship 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Diekema Fellowship Fall 2008, 2009 (Calvin College)
  • Finalist (top three) for the 2009 Academy of Management Social Issues in Management Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • 2009 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (Academy of Management Conference)
  • 2009 Chambery Summer Fellowship (Calvin College)
  • 2009 KEEN grant to develop course on the management of innovation
  • Roger L. Fitzsimmonds Doctoral Scholarship 2007 (UW–Milwaukee)
  • Business Advisory Council Doctoral Scholarship 2006 (UW–Milwaukee)
  • Gold Star Teaching Award 2006 (UW–Milwaukee)
  • Chancellor's Fellowship 2004-2005 (UW–Milwaukee)

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