Ameritech Chair of Economic Development
Indiana University – Bloomington
David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he is also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He also is an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. In addition, he serves as a Visiting Professor at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, Honorary Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany, and is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.
Audretsch’s research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. His recent books include Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth, with Oxford University Press in 2006 and The Entrepreneurial Society, also with Oxford University Press in 2007. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the 2001 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Augsburg, and in September, 2010 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Jonkoeping University.
He is a member of the Advisory Board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including the Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Analysis) and the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.
Franklin W. Olin Chair in Entrepreneurship
Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Candida G. Brush is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and holder of the Franklin W. Olin Chair in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She is also Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division, Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center, and a Visiting Adjunct Professor to the Norwegian School of Engineering and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. She also holds an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Business and Economics from the Jonkoping University in Jonkoping, Sweden for her outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship research. She received her DBA from Boston University, an MBA from Boston College and a BA from the University of Colorado. She is a founding member of the Diana Project International, a research collaborative of scholars from 35 countries studying growth and financing strategies of women entrepreneurs world-wide. With her four co-researchers, she was named the 2007 recipient of the FSF- Swedish Research Foundation International Award for Outstanding Research Contributions in the Field of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Brush is the author of nine books, 22 book chapters and 97 articles published in scholarly journals. She was on the founding team for the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) a national study exploring start-up processes of nascent entrepreneurs, and was a co-recipient of the National Science Foundation Award as part of this research. She a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research team and co-authored the Global GEM Women’s Report, a 59 country study, in 2011. She has been honored as the recipient of the Entrepreneurship Mentor Award by the Academy of Management, and is recognized as a 21st Century Scholar by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. She has served on more than 18 PhD dissertation committees and mentored more than 35 doctoral students. She is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Women’s Business Research and Children’s Well Being (Costa Rica). She is a member of the Boston Harbor Angels and an active angel investor, serving on several boards of early stage private companies. She has advised hundreds of student businesses and new venture teams over the past 30 years.
The Haslam Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation,
the Clarke Family Faculty Research Fellow, and the Research Director
Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
University of Tennessee
Dr. Melissa S. Cardon is the Haslam Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Clarke Family Faculty Research Fellow, and the Research Director for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Melissa studies the psychology of entrepreneurs as they found, persist, and succeed (or not) with their ventures. Topics of special interest include entrepreneurial passion, emotion, resource acquisition, persistence, exit, failure recovery and learning, stress, burnout, and exhaustion, as well as coping mechanisms to address pervasive problems. Melissa’s work has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Review, and Human Resource Management. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management and on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, and Human Resource Management Review. Melissa has won numerous awards for her research, teaching, and service including the 2022 Vallett Family Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2020 Riata Researcher of the Year Award from Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship, 2019 Journal of Management Research Impact Award (finalist), and the 2018 National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB) Award for Excellence in Research. Melissa was the Treasurer for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management from 2009 – 2015. She was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2022.
Della Phillips Martha Schenck Chair of American Private Enterprise
Professor of Management
University of Central Florida
James G. (Jim) Combs (PhD, Louisiana State University) is the Della Phillips Martha Schenck Chair of American Private Enterprise at the University of Central Florida and Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa. Jim’s research is primarily in the areas of family business, franchising, and research synthesis and appears in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and Organizational Research Methods. Jim has served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and the Journal of Management. A recent study highlighting the citation count of scholarly publications placed Jim’s career impact among the top 2% of all management scholars. He is the 2020 recipient of the Southern Management Association’s (SMA) Hunt Sustained Outstanding Service Award and the 2021 Rosenberg Center International Society of Franchising Eminent Franchising Scholar Award. He has served on the Executive Committees of the Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Divisions of the Academy of Management, and as President of SMA where he is also a Fellow.
Samuel and Pauline Glaubinger Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Strategic Management
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University – Bloomington
Dr. Jeffrey G. Covin is the Samuel and Pauline Glaubinger Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategic Management at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington. He has also served as the Chair of the Management and Entrepreneurship Department in the Kelley School of Business. Dr. Covin is a leading scholar in the fields of entrepreneurship, strategic management, and technology management, with several dozen articles published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Operations Management, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the Journal of High Technology Management Research. His research has been recognized nationally with awards including ET&P’s Best Journal Article award for the years 1991 and 1997 and the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Best Journal Article in Corporate Entrepreneurship award for the years 1991 and 2000. His articles have twice been chosen for the prestigious AnBar Citation of Excellence award. Dr. Covin was identified as the second-most published author of scholarly articles on the topic of entrepreneurship in a study published in the Journal of Management in 1997. Dr. Covin has co-authored Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation (South-Western/Thomson Publishers, 2011). Dr. Covin co-developed the Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Program at Indiana University which received national acclaim by being named the National Model Ph.D. Program in Entrepreneurship by USASBE. Dr. Covin has been named a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow by the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Entrepreneurship Mentor Award by the Academy of Management for his exemplary work in developing Ph.D. students and junior-level faculty in the entrepreneurship field. In 2008, Dr. Covin received the USASBE Award for Outstanding Research in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Prior to joining the Kelley School of Business, Dr. Covin held the Hal and John Smith Chair of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Talbot Family Foundation Professor in Entrepreneurship
Director: The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)
Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia)
Per Davidsson is Director & Talbot Family Foundation Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE), at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, He is also Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden, and holds an honorary doctorate from Leuphana, University, Germany. A pioneer of entrepreneurship research, he is an international authority in this field, especially on the topics of nascent entrepreneurship and small firm growth. He has served as the elected Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and as associate editor for three leading, scholarly journals in entrepreneurship. He has been a consultant to private companies as well as to the Swedish Minister of Industry, and his research has attracted the attention of organizations such as the OECD; the EU Commission; the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and several departments of the Commonwealth Government of Australia.
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
Michael Hitt formerly held the C.W. & Dorothy Conn Chair in New Ventures and the Joseph B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership at Texas A&M University and now he is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University. Michael received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He has coauthored or co-edited 28 books and authored or coauthored many journal articles. A recent article listed him as one of the ten most cited authors in management over a 25-year period. The Times Higher Education in 2010 listed him among the top scholars in economics, finance and management based on the number of highly cited articles he has authored. A recent article in the Academy of Management Perspectives lists him as one of the top two management scholars in terms of the combined impact of his work both inside (i.e., citations in scholarly journals) and outside of academia. In 2022 and 2023 Research.com ranked him as the #3 business and management scholar in the world and #2 in the U.S. He has served on the editorial review boards of multiple journals and is a former editor of the Academy of Management Journal and a former co-editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and former editor-in-chief of Oxford Research Encyclopedia-Business and Management. He received the 1996 Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to Competitiveness and the 1999 Award for Outstanding Intellectual Contributions to Competitiveness Research from the American Society for Competitiveness. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, Academy of International Business. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and from Jonkoping University. He is a former President of both the Academy of Management and of the Strategic Management Society and a member of the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame. He received awards for the best article published in the Academy of Management Executive (1999), Academy of Management Journal (2000), the Journal of Management (2006), and the Family Business Review (2012). In 2001, he received the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division (AOM), the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Management and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management. He also received the Entrepreneurship Mentor Award from the Academy of Management. In 2004, Dr. Hitt was awarded the Best Paper Prize by the Strategic Management Society. In 2006, he received the Falcone Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award from Syracuse University.
Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
R. Duane Ireland is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership in the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. Previously, he served on the faculties at University of Richmond, Baylor University, and Oklahoma State University. Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship are the two core areas in which Duane teaches classes at the undergraduate, masters, Ph.D. and executive levels. His research interests include the informal economy, entrepreneurship with the informal economy, the effective management of organizational resources, corporate entrepreneurship, and strategic entrepreneurship. Duane has co-authored close to two dozen books including the 11th edition of Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization (forthcoming, 2015), Competing for Advantage (3rd edition, 2013), Understanding Business Strategy (3rd edition, 2012), and Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures (4th edition, 2013). His research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal(AMJ), Academy of Management Review (AMR), Academy of Management Executive (AME), Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management (JOM), Human Relations, British Journal of Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ), Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P). He has served or is serving on the editorial review boards for AMJ, AMR, AME, JOM, Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), ETP, European Management Journal, and Journal of Business Strategy among others. He has completed terms as an associate editor for AMJ and AME and as a consulting editor for ETP. He also has served as the editor for AMJ. Additionally, he has served as a guest co-editor for special issues of AMR, AME (twice), SMJ, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, JBV (forthcoming), SEJ (forthcoming), and Organizational Research Methods. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, and a Falcone Entrepreneurship Fellow. He received the Best Paper Award for an article published in Academy of Management Journal in 2000 and a Best Paper Award for an article published in Academy of Management Executive in 1999. He received an award for Outstanding Intellectual Contributions to Competitiveness Research from the American Society for Competitiveness in 1999 and was inducted as a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Fellow by the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers in 2000. He has been a member of the executive committee for the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and also served as the division’s newsletter editor. Duane also has completed a term as a member of the Academy of Management’s board of governors. He is the current President-Elect for the Academy of Management and will become President of this global association in August, 2013. His outside interests include running, reading, and music.
Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Executive & Academic Director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University – Bloomington
Dr. Donald F. Kuratko (known as Dr. K) is the Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Entrepreneurship; Executive & Academic Director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, The Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington. Professor Kuratko is considered a prominent scholar and national leader in the field of entrepreneurship. He has published over 190 articles on aspects of entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Academy of Management Executive, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Family Business Review, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Professor Kuratko has authored 30 books, including one of the leading entrepreneurship books in universities today, Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practice, 9th ed. (2014), as well as Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 3rd ed. (2011), Innovation Acceleration (2012), and New Venture Management (2009). In addition, Dr. Kuratko has been consultant on Corporate Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Strategies to a number of major Fortune 500 corporations such as Anthem, AT&T, United Technologies, Acordia, Union Carbide Corporation, McKesson, SPX, Walgreens, ServiceMaster and TruServ. Dr. Kuratko also serves as the Executive Director of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), an organization comprised of over 300 top university entrepreneurship centers throughout the world. Under Professor Kuratko’s leadership and with one of the most prolific entrepreneurship research faculties in the world, Indiana University has been consistently ranked the #1 Business School for Entrepreneurship Research (World Productivity Rankings), as well as the #1 Graduate Business School for Entrepreneurship (Public Institutions) and the #1 Undergraduate Business School for Entrepreneurship (Public Institutions) by U.S. News & World Report and Fortune Magazine. Indiana University was awarded the National Model MBA Program in Entrepreneurship for the MBA Program in Entrepreneurship & Innovation developed by Professor Kuratko.
Dr. Kuratko’s honors include earning the Entrepreneur of the Year for the state of Indiana (sponsored by Ernst & Young and Inc. magazine) and being inducted into the Institute of American Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame. He has been honored with The George Washington Medal of Honor; the Leavey Foundation Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise; the NFIB Entrepreneurship Excellence Award; the National Model Innovative Pedagogy Award for Entrepreneurship, the John E. Hughes Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award and the National Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Advocate Award. In addition, Dr. Kuratko was honored by his peers in Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 Entrepreneurship Director in the nation; named the National Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and selected as one of the Top Entrepreneurship Professors in the U.S. by Fortune magazine. Professor Kuratko has been named one of the Top 50 entrepreneurship scholars in the world for his research productivity and was the recipient of the Riata Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award. In addition he was named a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. In 2011 he was the inaugural recipient of the Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award for his career dedication to developing the field of entrepreneurship.
C. S. Trosper Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship
Director, Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma
Tom Lumpkin, PhD is the Michael J. Price Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. His primary research interests include entrepreneurial orientation, social entrepreneurship, and family business. He is a globally recognized scholar whose research has been published in the leading entrepreneurship and management journals. Tom served as Co-Editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal for six years (2012-2017). In 2020, Tom’s paper “Civic wealth creation: A new view of stakeholder engagement and societal impact” (with Sophie Bacq) received the Academy of Management Perspectives Best Article Award. In 2018, Tom received the Mentor Award from the Entrepreneurship Division of AOM. He is the 2009 recipient of the Foundational Paper award from the AOM Entrepreneurship Division for his paper “Clarifying the Entrepreneurial Orientation Construct and Linking it to Performance,” published in 1996 (with Gregory G. Dess). A 2009 paper based on that research – “Entrepreneurial orientation and business performance: Assessment of past research and suggestions for the future” (with Andreas Rauch, Johan Wiklund and Michael Frese) – won the Greif Research Impact Award in 2015 and SAGE Publishing’s 10-Year Impact Award in 2020.
William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship
Director of the Institute for International Business
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University – Bloomington
Patricia P. McDougall was the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director for the Institute for International Business at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Dr. McDougall served as Associate Dean of the Kelley School from 2004-2009 and as Chair of the Management Department from 2000-2003. She is a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow and past Entrepreneurship Division Chair in the Academy of Management. She was Vice President-Programs for the Academy of International Business. She earned her doctorate in strategic management from the University of South Carolina. She and her frequent co-author, Benjamin Oviatt, are widely credited with pioneering the growing field of international entrepreneurship. Her first published article on international entrepreneurship appeared in 1989 in?JBV. She and Ben were presented the?JIBS?Decade Award for their 1994 article on the early internationalization of new ventures. The award is given to the?Journal of International Business Studies?article that has had the most significant impact on international business research during the past decade. She has co-edited numerous special publications on international entrepreneurship including a special issue of?ETP, an?AMJ?special research forum, a published volume titled?International Entrepreneurship, in?The International Library of Entrepreneurship?series, a special research forum for?JBV, and is currently working on a special issue for?ETP. Dr. McDougall has received several teaching and research recognitions, including Indiana University’s Trustees’ Teaching Excellence Recognition Award and the Kelley School’s Full Professor Research Excellence Award. She has co-edited four books and published numerous articles which appear in a variety of academic and professional journals including?AMJ,?JBV,?ETP,?SMJ,?JIBS,?MIR?and?JOM. She is a current or former member of ten editorial boards. Her business teaching cases appear in more than twenty-five leading textbooks, and her research has been presented in the business press, including?Inc.?magazine,?USA Today, and?The Wall Street Journal. She has been an active presenter and developer of executive programs and has assisted numerous entrepreneurial firms and several not-for-profit organizations such as The Carter Presidential Center in their strategic planning process. As Director of the Institute for International Business, she was responsible for the University’s CIBER grant and numerous other global engagement activities. Three of her former projects included a USAID funded entrepreneurial development program in the Caribbean; the Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, a partnership with the Asia Pacific World Economic Council (APEC), where she taught women entrepreneurs in developing countries how to start and sustain their own micro-ventures; and the Global Business Institute-Middle East and North Africa, a one month long immersive program that provides students from across the Middle East and Northern Africa the opportunity to learn about business in the context of American culture.
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
Keough School of Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame
Michael Morris is a Professor of Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. He previously served as the George and Lisa Etheridge Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida, and has held entrepreneurship chairs at Oklahoma State University and Syracuse University. The entrepreneurship programs he helped build at three universities have been ranked in the top ten nationally and received global recognition for excellence. Dr. Morris is a pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning. His outreach efforts have facilitated development of thousands of ventures. Professor Morris directs the Experiential Classroom, which shares best practices in entrepreneurship education with faculty from around the world. He also works to bring entrepreneurship empowerment to those operating under conditions of adversity. He has helped launched poverty and entrepreneurship initiatives in more than thirty cities through the Urban Poverty and Business Initiative, created the National Disabled Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, coordinates the Global Partnership for Poverty and Entrepreneurship, and annually leads the Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program. He has authored 15 books and published over 150 scholarly journal articles. He was co-editor of the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series, and serves as editor of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. His current research focuses on poverty and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial emergence, implications of differences in venture types, and social innovation. Dr. Morris is a Past President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He has been awarded the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship, the Academy of Management’s Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award, the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for impacting private enterprise education, and the Oberwager Prize from Syracuse University for affecting students beyond the classroom. USASBE recognized him as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year in 2012. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, and earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Virginia Tech in 1983.
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ivey Business School
Simon Parker is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ivey Business School, and a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Germany, a Field Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing, and a Co-Editor at the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. He has been an advisor to the OECD on entrepreneurship and SME public policy missions to Italy and Canada. He has been a 21st Century Fellow since 2022. Dr Parker’s research is on the economics of entrepreneurship, with his well-known book of the same name, published by Cambridge University Press, now into its third iteration. His recent and ongoing work focuses on women entrepreneurship, social enterprises, entrepreneurial teams, Indigenous entrepreneurship, and new venture growth. Among the research questions he is currently exploring are: “Do Women use Entrepreneurship as an Escape from Corporate Glass Ceilings?” and “If Entrepreneurs don’t use Real Options Theory, how do they decide when to Exit a Failing Venture?”.
The Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Harry Sapienza was the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Harry is currently the Doctoral Program Coordinator for the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Department and is Program Chair for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a member of the editorial board of the recently established?Academy of Management Discoveries.
Harry’s research focuses on venture capital, internationalization of new ventures, and strategic decision making in entrepreneurial firms. His work has appeared in a variety of journals including?Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Management Journal.
Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Mendoza College of Business
University Notre Dame – Notre Dame
Dean Shepherd is the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University. Dean received his doctorate and MBA from Bond University (Australia). His research and teaching is in the field of entrepreneurship; he investigates the decision making involved in leveraging cognitive and other resources to act on opportunities; the processes of learning from experimentation (including failure), and dealing with adversity (e.g., disasters) in ways that reflect resilience and promote both compassion and well-being. Dean has published papers primarily in the top entrepreneurship, general management, strategic management, operations management, and psychology journals. Dean has published in the entrepreneurship journals of the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Dean has published in the Academy of Management Journals (AMJ, AMR, AMP, AMD, AMLE, and AMA), Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and others.
Ute Stephan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s Business School at King’s College London (UK), TransCampus Professor (Organizational Psychology) at TU Dresden (Germany), and a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). As an expert on the Psychology of Entrepreneurship, Ute explores how individuals and societies can thrive through entrepreneurship. She studies the well-being of entrepreneurs and their stakeholders including the mental and physical health costs of being an entrepreneur. Other research investigates how contexts (culture and institutions) shape entrepreneurship and how (social) entrepreneurship, in turn, can help to build more inclusive societies. She is an associate editor at Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and at Journal of Management (incoming). From 2015-2019 she was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review, and from 2019-2022 she was a Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies. Ute’s research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ETP), Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of Management, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Management Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives.?Ute serves on the editorial boards of the?Academy of Management Journal,?JBV?and?ETP. Ute has won multiple international awards for her research, attracted over £3 million in funding from the European Commission, the UK Government, UK research councils, charities, and German government institutions; and has been featured in the media including the?Financial Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, The Times, Forbes, WIRED, BBC, and others.
President and managing director of the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn
University of Siegen
Since 2013, Friederike Welter is president and managing director of the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn, a policy-oriented independent research institute on small business and entrepreneurship (www.ifm-bonn.org), and she holds a professorship at the University of Siegen. Prior, she worked at Jönköping International Business School, Sweden (2008-2013), U. Siegen (2004-2008), and at the RWI Essen (1993-2006). Her main research interests are entrepreneurial behaviour and entrepreneurship in different contexts, entrepreneurship policies, and women’s entrepreneurship. In 2005, she was awarded the TeliaSonera Professorship of Entrepreneurship at SSE Riga, Latvia for her research on entrepreneurship in a transition context. Together with Maija Renko and Norris Krueger, she edits a book series for the publisher Edward Elgar on relevance and impact of entrepreneurship research. She also is Senior Editor of the leading journal “Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice”. Moreover, she is member of several advisory boards at the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Federal Ministry of Research and Education as well as for international bodies. From 2007-2009, she was President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. For her work on small business and entrepreneurship, she has been honoured as ECSB Fellow (2011), as Wilford L. White Fellow of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB, 2014) and she has received the Greif Research Impact Award (2017). The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung regularly lists her amongst the most influential economists in Germany.
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group
Director of the Centre for Management Buyout Research
Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Centre
Imperial College Business School
Mike Wright was Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School, Director of the Centre for Management Buyout Research, which he founded in 1986, Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Centre and a visiting professor at the University of Ghent. Mike has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Ghent and Derby and is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has been an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Technology Transfer and is currently co-editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He has published over 50 books and more than 370 articles in leading international journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Organization Studies, etc. His research focuses on academic entrepreneurship, returnee entrepreneurs, habitual entrepreneurs, technology transfer, family firms, venture capital, private equity, emerging economies, and related topics. His latest books include Private Equity Demystified – 2012 Edition (with John Gilligan, published by ICAEW), Handbook of Corporate Governance (with Don Siegel, Kevin Keasey and Igor Filatotchev, published by OUP 2013), and Entrepreneurship – A Very Short Introduction (with Paul Westhead, OUP, in press). He is Past Chair of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division and a recipient of that division’s Mentor Award. He has been ranked #1 worldwide for publications in academic entrepreneurship and in entrepreneurship. He is a member of the British Venture Capital Association Research Advisory Committee, has acted as consultant to a wide range of national and international organizations and has made regular presentations at practitioner conferences. His research is regularly covered in the Financial Times, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, etc. He teaches highly rated courses on Venture Capital.