Dr. Eric Mota

Research Fellow

Dr. Eric Mota joined the Institute in the fall of 2020. His research focuses on the application of theories, concepts, and approaches from entrepreneurship and strategy to ventures that address pressing social challenges such as hunger, poverty, health care, elementary education, and so on. This interest emerges from his experience working for companies, governments, and non-profits, and his desire to understand how public policy and private entrepreneurship can be aligned to foster economic development.

Dr. Mota has been named the co-lead of the Barton School’s strategic planning efforts. The committee has established relationships with more than 40 business leaders (Wichita and abroad) to design a five year plan to guide the school’s direction. This plan is concerned with placing the Barton School at the center of Wichita’s economic development ecosystem.

Work History

Senior Executive

2012 – 2014

Strategy Director

Bloom Consulting
2010 – 2012

Senior Business Consultant

2005 – 2009

Alma Mater

Baylor University

Ph.D., Entrepreneurship

University of Missouri-Columbia

M.S., Applied Economics


M.S., Strategy

October 14, 2022 • Presentation

Mota presents at Wichita Startup Week event

Eric C. Mota presented “Entrepreneurial Action with a Strategic Perspective: How to Align Entrepreneurial Efforts for Economic Development” on October 14.

May 25, 2021 • Commentary

Examining Wichita’s Economy

ISEG Executive Director Ted Bolema and Research Fellow Eric Mota Give Insight on Wichita’s Economy in latest issue of Econ Weekly. Read more!

February 28, 2021 • Article

The Case for Occupational Licensing Reform in Kansas

ISEG Research Fellow Mota Advocates for Reducing Barriers to Employment for Skilled Workers by Further Embracing Occupational Licensing Reform. Learn more!