Research

Entrepreneurial Research Areas by Faculty

Wharton entrepreneurship CO-directors

Raffi Amit, Robert B. Goergen Professor of Entrepreneurship

  • Research Areas: Entrepreneurship; family business; strategic management; venture capital financing; eBusiness
  • Current Projects: Family Ownership, Control and Management and Firm Performance; Family Office; Business Model Design and Performance; Venture Capital Financing of Entrepreneurial Firms; Growth of Emerging Businesses; Strategic Alliance Activity and Firm Performance

 Ian MacMillan, Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center

  • Research Areas: Organizational competence; new venture management; entrepreneurship; strategic management
  • Current Projects: Technology strategy; rapid growth firms; societal wealth enterprising

standing faculty - management department

David Hsu, Associate Professor of Management; Richard A. Sapp Associate Professor

  • Research Areas: Start-up innovation; strategies for commercializing technological innovation; venture capital; intellectual property rights
  • Current Projects: Intellectual property and patenting strategies by start-ups; competition between industry incumbents and start-ups in high-tech industries; entrepreneurship and innovation

Laura Huang, Assistant Professor of Management

  • Research Areas: Investor decision making; Individual perceptions and cognitions in entrepreneurial funding decisions
  • Current Projects: Micro-level foundations of entrepreneurship; Individual perceptions and cues in angel investing decisions; A gut feel-based theory of entrepreneurial investment decisions

 Ethan Mollick, Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils Assistant Professor of Management

  • Research Areas: Entrepreneurship in innovative industries; industry evolution; role of individuals in firm success; distributed and user innovation; self-organization among individuals; entrepreneurial strategy
  • Current Projects: Exploration of the role of individuals compared to firms in explaining the development of the computer gaming industry; study of the interaction between hackers and firms in the nascent markets; examination of the ways in which institutions shape individual approaches to innovation

 Lori Rosenkopf, Simon and Mildred Palley Professor of Management

  • Research Areas: Technological and organizational evolution; innovation diffusion; learning in inter-organizational networks
  • Current Projects:  Understanding how networks of technical professionals and firms shape technological evolution; Evaluating the strategic value of alliances and hiring from competitors for knowledge acquisition in the semiconductor industry; tracking connections between technical committee activity, director/officer interlocks and alliances in the cellular industry; exploring how and when social capital of individuals accrues to firms

 Tyler Wry, Assistant Professor of  Management

  • Research Areas: Technological evolution; venture funding in nascent industries; social entrepreneurship; the ‘self’ and venture creation
  • Current Projects Exploring the distributed shaping of technological paths in nanotechnology; the relationship between intellectual property and venture financing in nanotechnology; understanding the emergence and performance of global microfinance organizations; examining how an entrepreneur’s identity shapes the venture creation process