After twenty years as a sociology faculty member in three universities, I chose to focus on business creation and over the past 23 years have been affiliated with five business schools. During that period I have served as the coordinating principal investigator of two longitudinal studies of US business creation (Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, I and II) and as the founding principal investigator of a multi-nation comparison of entrepreneurial activity (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor).
Over the past four decades I have been the author or co-author of five books; seven edited collections; 42 research reports and monographs; 85 peer review journal articles and book chapters; eight data sets placed in public archives; and over two hundred presentations to professional and policy audiences. I served as the director of the Babson Research Conference from 1996 to 2000 and as co-director of the George Washington University-ICSB research conference from 2010 to 2012.
In 2004 I received the annual Swedish International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research and in 2012 the Dedication to Entrepreneurship (Research) Award from the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division.
I am currently working on analysis of the consolidated GEM data set to explore business creation by the bottom billions and expanding the PSED research protocol to the UK and other GEM countries.
Position: Honorary Professor
Taught formal organizations, small groups, social psychology, theory construction, business creation, and research methods at all levels; supervised numerous doctoral students and served on a wide range of doctoral committees.
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