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Stephen Courter

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Department:     Management

Industry Areas:     International Business, Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategic Management, Telecommunication

Research Areas:     Corporate Diversification Mergers Acquisitions and Divestitures, Venture Capital

Stephen Courter


Professor Stephen Courter is an award-winning faculty member in the department of management at The University of Texas at Austin and a former top corporate executive with experience worldwide.

Following graduation from Penn State, Steve Courter served in the US Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After stints at KPMG and IBM, he became Vice-President and General Manager of Sprint/Global One in Brussels, Belgium in 1987, where he worked until 1998. He became CEO of Enertel Communications in Rotterdam, The Netherland, and later served as CEO and Chairman of Neon Communication in Boston. In 2006, he became CEO of Broadwing Communications in Austin and led the organization until its purchase in 2007 by Level 3 Communications. Courter also served as a Director at Globix, Inc., and is presently Chairman and Director of Mobi Corp, Director of Cadiz Inc., and Director of Upland Software, Inc.

Professor Courter’s academic career began at the University of Maryland in 1981, where he taught for fourteen years, and later at Bryant University, where he taught in 2005-2006. He joined The University of Texas in 2007. His areas of interest include corporate diversification; mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; and venture capital. He teaches a graduate course in Strategic Management and an undergraduate course in Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurial Management. Courter has been honored for his teaching, with recognition on the Faculty Honor Roll (2008), MBA Faculty Honor Roll (Spring 2010 and 2011), Texas Executive MBA Faculty Honor Roll (Spring 2011), and with the Executive MBA Outstanding Faculty Award 2012.

In recent years he has conducted several MBA Global Connections work-study programs to Viet Nam, Thailand, and India, facilitating consulting projects for large companies in those countries.

He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and his graduate degree from George Washington University in 1981.



Outstanding Professor Award, Mexico MBA, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019



Outstanding Professor Award, Evening MBA, 2017



Outstanding Professor Award, Executive MBA, 2017, 2021



Outstanding Professor Award, Dallas MBA, 2020



Faculty Honor Roll Dallas MBA, 2017, 2018, 2019



Faculty Honor Roll Exec MBA, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021