David M. Dodson

David M. Dodson
Lecturer
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DavidM.Dodson
Lecturer in Management

Research Statement

David Dodson's area of research includes entrepreneurial acquisition, whereby one searches for, and acquires, a company that they intend to be the principal manager for; management issues around growing enterprises, small and medium sized acquired companies, and early stage enterprises.

Bio

David Dodson teaches S355, “Managing Growing Enterprises”, S555 “Managing Growing Enterprises” S543, “Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition”, and S210 “Managerial Skills”. Mr. Dodson is a graduate of Stanford University (Economics ’83, MBA ‘87), and a frequent guest for New Ventures and Managing Growing Enterprises courses, and a former case writer (1988).

David Dodson has been active for twenty-five years in the formation of new businesses through entrepreneurial acquisition. After graduating from the GSB, under the direction of Professor Irv Grousbeck, he wrote the original course material for search funds—then in its infancy. After one year as a case writer, David Dodson raised his own search fund, which led to the purchase of Smith Alarm Systems in 1989. He subsequently raised two more search funds to purchase an auto parts retailer and an environmental services firm. During this time, Mr. Dodson became an active investor in and board member of other search funds, investing in over forty search funds. Mr. Dodson has been a director and investor in twenty-one middle market companies.

He is currently on the board of: Teton Gravity Research, Penn Warranty, Wind River Environmental, Eyewitness Surveillance, Innflux LLC, and Carillon Assisted Living. He is also active in three non-profit boards: U.S. Fund for UNICEF (Regional), Project Healthy Children, and Sanku LLC.

David Dodson currently divides his time between Stanford University and Project Healthy Children (a nonprofit enterprise with operations in Rwanda, Burundi, Nepal, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi), and a “double bottom line” enterprise Sanku, LLC, with operations in Tanzania. He is also completing his first novel.

He has three daughters: Caroline, Rachel, and Hannah.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford GSB, 1987
  • BA in Economics, Stanford University, 1983

Awards and Honors

  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2015-2016

Publications

Book Chapters

David M. Dodson, Laura A. Rowe. Innovating for Healthy Urbanization. New York: Springer US, 2015, Pages 41-76.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2016-17

This course is offered for students who, in the near term, aspire to the management and full or partial ownership of a new or newly-acquired business. The seminar, which is limited to 45 students, has a strong implementation focus, and deals in...

For aspiring entrepreneurs who don't have a burning idea or desire to start a company from scratch, acquiring a small business can provide a direct route to running and growing a business. This class will explore entrepreneurial acquisition (EA...

2015-16

This course is offered for students who, in the near term, aspire to the management and full or partial ownership of a new or newly-acquired business. The seminar, which is limited to 45 students, has a strong implementation focus, and deals in...

For aspiring entrepreneurs who don't have a burning idea or desire to start a company from scratch, acquiring a small business can provide a direct route to running and growing a business. This class will explore entrepreneurial acquisition (EA...

Stanford Case Studies

A Note on Getting the Most Out of Your Board Meetings | E631
David Dodson, Susan Pohlmeyer2017
Guide to Managing Your First 100 Days as CEO | E629
David Dodson, Susan Pohlmeyer2017
Jennifer Dulski (A) | E606A
David Dodson, Matt Saucedo2017
Jennifer Dulski (B) | E606B
David Dodson, Matt Saucedo2017
Paul English | E620
David Dodson, Ryan Kissick2017
2016 Search Fund Study: Selected Observations | E605
Peter Kelly, David Dodson, H. Irving Grousbeck, Susan Pohlmeyer, Sara Rosenthal2016
2016 Search fund Study: Selected Observations | E602
Peter Kelly, David Dodson, H. Irving Grousbeck, Susan Pohlmeyer, Sara Rosenthal2016
Debbie Sterling | E591
David Dodson, Matthew Saucedo2016
Laura Melton | E559
David Dodson, Ryan Kissick2016
Sitara | E585
David Dodson, Jessica Morgan2016
AlphaCredit | E536
David Dodson, Ryan Kissick2015
Headwaters MB | E552
David Dodson, Sara Rosenthal2015
Torani | E577
David Dodson, Sara Rosenthal2015
Year Up | E545
David Dodson, Ryan Kissick2015
Zintro, Inc. - Hiring a Management Team | E566
David Dodson2015
Evergreen Solutions | E537
David Dodson, Sara Rosenthal2014
Eyewitness Surveillance | E523
David Dodson2014
Professor Dodson | E448
David Miller Dodson2014
Search Funds - 2013: Selected Observations | E521
David Dodson, Peter Kelly, H. Irving Grousbeck, Jason Luther, Sara Rosenthal2014
Black Iris Systems | E492
David Dodson2013
Donatella, LLC | E493
David Dodson2013
Nashton Partners | E422
David Dodson, Jocelyn Hornblower2011
Kirk Riedinger and Jamie Turner | SB102
Harold Grousbeck, David Dodson1987

Stanford University Affiliations

Insights by Stanford Business

December 3, 2015
A serial board member explains why even young companies need strong directors.

School News

June 1, 2016
Accounting professors Elizabeth Blankespoor and Ed deHaan, and Marketing Professor Harikesh Nair have been recognized by students for exceptional teaching.