Message from the Program Chair

May 2019
by Peter G. Klein

We’re on track for a great Entrepreneurship program in Boston! This year we received a record 976 submissions for the scholarly program (919 paper proposals and 57 symposium proposals). Based on the time units allocated to us by AOM, we were able to accept 420 papers for traditional paper sessions, 42 papers for discussion sessions, and 57 symposia, for an overall acceptance rate of 53%. Entrepreneurship Division sessions will be held in the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Thanks to all for your hard work in putting proposals together, and congratulations to those of you who had your submissions accepted. Our Division members are doing fascinating work on a variety of topics, using many different methods, and in several unique contexts; I regret that we were unable to accept more submissions.

What makes the difference between an accepted and rejected proposal? As with any scholarly output, the best papers are clearly written and organized, address an important research question, are well positioned within the literature, explain carefully what has been done and what remains to be done, and invite a conversation among session participants. Symposium proposals are similar but address broader themes, emphasize relationships among the presenter’s topics, backgrounds, and approaches, and are likely to engage the interest of entrepreneurship scholars (as well as scholars from other Divisions).

Of course, the review process (especially at this scale) is imperfect. As much as possible, we match proposals to reviewers by keywords—so choose them carefully! We try to pool experienced and less experienced reviewers and have some variety of backgrounds and experiences, within the constraints established by the keyword matches. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to rate your reviewers—reviewing is hard work, and it would be impossible to put together such a large program without the conscientious efforts of our excellent reviewer pool.

Speaking of reviews: Nearly all volunteer reviewers provided useful and timely feedback, but a few did not make the deadlines. Some reviewers also didn’t provide feedback to the authors. Keep in mind that the authors are counting on you not only for developmental feedback, but also for your ratings that determine which proposals are ultimately accepted.

Thanks again for all you do to make the Entrepreneurship Division great. I look forward to seeing you in Boston!

A Very Productive 2019 Mid-winter Meeting for the Entrepreneurship Division’s Leadership
                                                                                         March 18, 2019
The 2019 Mid-winter Meeting of the Entrepreneurship Division was hosted this January by the Entrepreneurship Division Chair, Donald Neubaum, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Participating in this year’s Mid-winter Meeting were members of the Entrepreneurship Division’s leadership spanning the globe from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

Throughout the meeting, the leadership focused on planning the Division’s activities and events for 2019 Academy of Management Conference including, in part, planning the Division consortia and social events.

A number of special topics were also discussed at this year’s meeting. One notable special topic centered on the Division’s new mentorship program. The purpose of the mentorship program is to provide early-stage scholars an opportunity to develop mentor relationships with more seasoned members of the Division. In 2018, a pilot version of the mentorship program was launched, in part, due to the efforts of the Division RAL, Gry Alsos, from Nord University, who is chairing the Division’s mentorship program efforts. In 2019, the mentorship program will expand for additional members to participate.

Other topics that received special attention at the 2019 Mid-winter Meeting included: 1) ensuring the program continues to offer content that serves the broad interests of our members (e.g., members at different stages of their careers, practitioner-scholars, global scholar development, new members, etc.), 2) planning and coordinating activities associated with the 2022 five-year Division review, 3) sponsorship management, and 4) best practices for effectively engaging conference reviewers. 

The 2019 Entrepreneurship Division Mid-winter Meeting was a productive and fun event for the Division’s leadership, all of whom thank Division Chair, Donald Neubaum, as well as Barbara Foster and everyone at Florida Atlantic University for hosting this important annual meeting.

Diane M. Sullivan
ENT Division Secretary

Looking Back to Look Forward

January 14, 2019

With great honor, I assumed the ENT Division Treasurer position for the next 3-years term. It is a pleasing opportunity to serve our division as well as the responsibility to continue the great work of my predecessor, Dr. Marcos Hashimoto.

As a part of my introduction, I was looking back at the statements from 2012 to 2018 (Oct) to understand the financial position of our Division. In this review, we observe that the annual available funds are composed by the generous annual allocation from the AOM, the contributions from sponsorship (mostly universities, foundations and publishers), and others (balance forward from the previous year, annual meeting attendances, etc.). Particularly, we identify two interesting trends in the annual available funds. First, the annual AOM allocation increases 27% in the analyzed period. More concretely, we observed an annual increment of at least 5% in the last two years. Second, the sponsorship amount declined of 56% in the revised period with a dramatically reduction since 2015. This issue explained a charge in the ticket price of the Ent Division Social Meeting since 2014. Importantly, the sponsors’ contributions have remained almost constant during the last three years.

Regarding the annual operating expenses, we have seen an 80% increase in the total expenses from 2012 to 2018. The explanations of increment are the following ones. First, approximately 67% of the total annual expenses are linked with the Mid-winter and Annual meetings (social events, food and beverage). Specifically, this expense grew almost 90% in the revised period. One reason is the increasing prices associated with the conferences’ venues. For example, the 2018 Chicago annual meeting reported an increment of 11% in this expense in contrast to the expenses reported in the 2017 Atlanta annual meeting. Other reason includes the actions of the ENT Division to achieve the goal of capturing and disseminating doctoral, early career and mid-career consortia. Second, approximately 20% of the annual operating expenses are awards expenses. The awards expenses have increased 162% in this period. Remarkably, the awards expenses showed the highest increment of 39% in 2018.

Along this review, we have seen that the ENT Division with the support of AOM and sponsors has kept a good management of the incomes and expenses. To look forward, the available funds to our division on January 1, 2019 are $43,693.00 plus the balance forward from 2018. Moreover, this review is part of two financial reports that will be discussed by the Entrepreneurship Division Committee during the Mid-winter Meeting in Boca Raton (Florida). In my role, I hope to contribute to the division’s challenges and financial shape to be ready for the current goals and forthcoming projects.

All the best for the new entrepreneurial year!

Maribel Guerrero, ENT Division Treasurer

Division chair's message

November 7, 2018

Dear Members of the Entrepreneurship Division!

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Chair of the amazing Entrepreneurship Division during the coming year. With approximately 3,600 members, our Division is one of the largest and continues to be one of the fastest growing within the Academy. Consistent with the roots of our discipline, we remain vibrant, nimble, and innovative, tackling a number of new initiatives that I will share with you below.

At the Business Meeting during the annual conference in Chicago, we celebrated a number of accomplishments and recognized a few of our outstanding colleagues for their tireless service to the Division and its members.

  • In recognition of his extraordinary contributions in the area of mentoring, Tom Lumpkin was awarded the “Mentor Award”.
  • With the generous sponsorship of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and consistent with our mission of “We grow entrepreneurship scholars,” the Division launched the “Emerging Scholar Award.” This award honors junior faculty who have established a record of scholarship that has the potential to make innovative and impactful contributions to the body of entrepreneurship research. The inaugural winners of this award were Greg Fisher, Matthew Grimes, and Laura Huang. During the Division’s plenary session Greg, Matthew and Laura shared their passionate insights in pursuit of their groundbreaking research.
  • Christina Guenther took on her role as Past-Chair.
  • Sarah Jack took on her role as the incoming Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Chair.
  • Maribel Guerrero succeeded Marcos Hashimoto as Division Treasurer.
  • Jill Kickul, Norris Krueger, Charolette Ren, and Trent Williams assumed their positions as newly elected Representatives at Large, replacing Peter Klein, Rachida Justo, Florian Taube, and Justin Webb.
  • Jill Kickul and Jim Combs succeeded Erik Monsen as Co-Chairs of the Research Committee.
  • Rashida Justo succeeded Linda Sama as the Chair of the Teaching Committee.
  • Mirjam Knockaert succeeded Siri Terjesen as Chair of the Membership Committee. I’d like to offer a special “shout out” to Siri, who created and championed the ENT Division Pins Program for the last 3 years, a fun tradition surely to be continued by Mirjam.
  • Ersa Memili succeeded Norris Krueger as the Chair of the Global Scholars Committee.
  • John Mueller will continue to serve as Chair of the Practitioner-Scholar Committee.

As noted above, a few new initiatives are part of my agenda for the coming year. First, Dawn DeTienne, Gry Agnete Alsos, Jim Combs and Jill Kickul have spearheaded the launch of a new mentoring system for our Division. In this first year test-phase, students from the 2018 Doctorial Consortium will be matched with experienced scholars in our Division, who have volunteered to connect with their mentees once a month to discuss a variety of career related issues. The Division hopes to roll out this program more broadly next year and make the mentoring-mentee opportunity more widely available. Second, given the size and the number of submissions the Division receives for the annual meeting, the task of the Program Chair has simply become too large for a single individual to manage. Thus, the Executive Committee of the Division will consider revising our policies and procedures to manage the program tasks more efficiently. Other large Divisions within the Academy provide templates for us to consider. Third, given the increasing demand for our Doctoral, Early Career, and Mid-Career Consortia, and the difficulty of finding time on the PDW program for other innovative initiatives, such as the Women’s and Late Career Consortia, the Executive Committee will consider steps to deliver consortia content more efficiently and to make this content available to those who were unable to attend these valuable sessions.

I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Annual Meeting in Boston in August 2019. There are a number of ways for you to get involved:


Announcements regarding deadlines for the PDW, symposia, awards, and paper sessions for the Annual meeting are soon to follow. Be on the lookout for calls from Peter Klein and Sarah Jack regarding these activities on the program. Ph.D. student who graduated or plan to graduate within the 2018 calendar year are especially encouraged to submit their dissertation for either the Heizer or National Federation of Independent Businesses Dissertation Awards. Dawn DeTienne will be announcing those details soon.


In order to manage the growing number of manuscripts the Division receives for consideration at the Annual Conference, we need over 1,500 reviewers. Please look for calls for reviewers. When you submit your PDWs, symposia, and papers for the annual meeting, please volunteer to review. Volunteering to review is a critical step towards discovery. Please be a good professional citizen and register to review and advance the scholarship in our Division through thoughtful, developmental reviews.


There are a few opportunities to become more involved with the Division. The Awards, Communication, Events Planning and Logistics, Practitioner Scholar, and Research Committees are looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please send an email expressing your interest to

Finally, I would like to extend a warm, personal thanks to those colleagues who have been instrumental in the development and growth of our Division. The Division is where is it today because of your generous, tireless effort. Thanks to Carlo Salvato and Alain Fayolle for your mentorship and sage advice. Special thanks to Christina Guenther not only for her calm and capable leadership of the Division this past year, but also for the many timely responses to urgent emails, with me asking “what am I supposed to do now?” Christina made everyone’s job easier by doing hers so very well. Thanks in advance to Diane Sullivan, Division Secretary, who I am sure will be extremely busy keeping me organized this coming year. I look forward to hosting our amazing Executive Committee team at the Mid-Winter meeting in January where we will continue to plan a path of excellence for this Division.

Warm Regards,

Donald O. Neubaum

ENT Division Chair

Out-going chair's message

September 8, 2018

Dear Entrepreneurship Scholars and ENT Division Members,

It has been a great pleasure working with all of you over the last years in the ENT Division and beyond to realize our mission to grow entrepreneurship scholars.

I would like to thank and recognize everyone who served our Division e.g. as officer, committee member, committee chair, representatives at large, or consortia leader by bringing an invaluable contribution to our entrepreneurship community. Without your dedication and commitment, it would be impossible to serve our members throughout the year and especially at our annual meetings. I highly appreciate your continuous support and hard work.

Close to the end of my five-year leadership cycle, I would like to express my deep thanks more particularly to Carlo Salvato and Alain Fayolle for guiding me through my years of service for the Division and our outgoing committee chairs, Erik Monsen (Research Committee), Norris Krueger (Global Scholar Development Committee Chair), Linda Sama (Teaching Committee Chair), Siri Terjesen (Membership Committee Chair), and our treasurer Marcos Hashimoto.

As you know, in 2017, AoM renewed the Divison status of ENT for another five years based on the five-year review (2011-2016). During this academic year we have already accomplished several ambitious goals set out in the report for our future plans. First, let me thank Lou Marino, Jeff Pollack, Ulrich Möller, and Josh Wei-Jun Hsueh for mastering the challenge to lead us through the transition towards our new communication platform, Connect@AOM. Second, Dawn DeTienne established the emerging scholar award based on the generous Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant. Thanks to this initiative and the award judges, we could recognize and celebrate three emerging scholars and their outstanding scientific contributions this year in Chicago. Third, also within the scope of this grant, Dawn and Gry Agnete Alsos pioneered to establish a mentoring system for our Division. With the help of this mentoring program, we are certain to improve our reach to young entrepreneurship scholars throughout the year and the globe. Lastly, our Division contributed to setting up a cross-divisional specialized conference on “From Start-up to Scale-up: Coping with Organizational Challenges in a Volatile Business Environment“ in Tel-Aviv, jointly organized with OMT, STR, IM, OB, and TIM.

For the coming year, the Division will experience a few changes as we have new people in Division leadership positions. Let us welcome Rachida Justo (Chair of the Teaching Committee), Jill Kickul & Jim Combs (Co-chairs of the Research Committee), Mirjam Knockaert (Chair of the Membership Committee), Ersa Memili (Chair of the Global Scholar Development Committee), and John Mueller (Chair of the Practitioner-Scholar Committee). Moreover, a very warm welcome to Sarah Jack, our newly elected PDW Chair, and Maribel Guerrero, our new treasurer.

I am fully convinced that the ENT Division will be lead into a bright future as we have a great set of volunteers to turn our ambitious plans into reality. This is now in the very capable hands of Don Neubaum, Dawn DeTienne, Peter Klein and Sarah Jack.

Warm regards,
Christina Guenther
AoM ENT Division Immediate Past Chair

Reflections from the PDW Chair
Improving your chances in future submissions

The Division’s Professional Development Program has become a highlight of the Annual Meeting. Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) focus on novel and provocative themes, emphasize innovative and interactive formats, and allow for learning and interaction beyond what takes place in the regular paper and panel sessions. As such they continue to grow in popularity.

This year we received 38 PDW submissions, a 33% increase over the previous two years. Unfortunately, our allotment of hours by AOM has not kept pace. After accounting for the hours assigned to the Doctoral, Early-Career, Mid-Career, and the new Late-Career Consortia we had fewer than 40 hours to allocate among these submissions. Consequently, we could only accept 19 proposals, and some sessions received less hours than requested. My thanks to all submitters for an amazing variety of high-quality proposals; I regret that only some could be accommodated.

I have been a PDW submitter and participant for many years but learned a lot from sitting in the PDW Chair’s seat. Here are a few observations and suggestions for improving your chances in future submissions.

PDWs are not paper or panel sessions. PDWs are meant as complements, not substitutes, for the regular AOM program. They should not cover conventional themes and topics or be structured as traditional paper or panel sessions. Rather, PDWs should be innovative in content and structure, exploring issues and encouraging interactions not usually featured in the main program. The most effective PDWs encourage interaction among individuals and groups which do not typically participate in the same sessions, workshops, and activities: not only within the Entrepreneurship Division (e.g., between junior and senior scholars, between academics and practitioners, among scholars from different countries, among academics following different career paths, and so on), but also across the divisional lines of the Academy. For this reason, it's smart to work with colleagues within and outside the Division and submit appropriate PDW proposals which have broad appeal to the Academy membership at large.

Content is king. I was particularly attracted to sessions exploring novel themes, taking unusual perspectives, and involving top-notch participants, especially people not usually involved with the Division (or the Academy itself). This applies both to research- and teaching-oriented proposals. Several submitters took advantage of the location to invite eminent scholars or practitioners from the Chicago area to participate in sessions. Among the successful submissions are PDWs on hot topics like inequality, blockchains, field experiments, gamification, and biological approaches to entrepreneurship. Several session look at the relationship between entrepreneurship and civil society, public policy, “grand challenges,” and similar social and political issues. Others focus on modeling techniques, pedagogy, and emerging issues in entrepreneurship theory such as external enablers, Knightian uncertainty, and real options. Of course, proposals dealing with classic topics, themes, and issues are welcome. But it is hard to stand out in a crowded field with a topic that has been explored many times before.

Structure is important. Some proposals featured excellent content but did not give much thought to format. Keep in mind that the submission instructions ask for detailed information on structure and timing. Frankly, “an introduction to the session, presentations by our N distinguished panelists, roundtable discussion, and summary remarks” is not a very exciting format. I’ve attended many such PDWs over the years in which the distinguished panelists each run a bit over their allotted time and the table talk morphs into five minutes of Q&A—basically a two-hour lecture session. I tended to favor sessions with a more interactive, developmental, collaborative, or “flipped” format. We emphasize experiential learning in our classrooms; why not do the same at our conferences? Pay close attention to structure in developing your proposals.

Provide appropriate details. While a concise and readable narrative is always the best, it helps to be as specific and detailed as possible about theme, participants, and structure. Why is this topic likely to interest Division members (and, if possible, to attract people outside the Division)? Why are these participants appropriate? (Most successful proposals provide brief biographical information on the key participants and explain how their background and experience fit the rest of the session.) Why is the proposed format the most suitable?

Ask for help. When developing proposals feel free to reach out to the PDW Chair, other Division officers, more experienced submitters, and others for help. The submission process itself is developmental and Division officers are happy to listen, answer questions, and provide suggestions as you develop your proposals. The Academy posts information on PDWs at If you need additional information, please consider examining the previous year’s program at or consider contacting someone who was successful in previous years. As with proposals, examining an “exemplar” submission may help you through the process.

Thanks again to all who participated in the submission process. See you in Chicago!

Peter G. Klein

2018 PDW Chair

A message from the Division Chair

Dear Members of the Entrepreneurship Division!

It's hard to believe that 2017 has almost gone by. This is a great opportunity to review the exciting events of the last year and have a preview on the months to come. With 3,585 members worldwide, ENT is still among the fastest growing divisions of the Academy of Management … and counting! Our five-year review, headed by Alain Fayolle, clearly revealed that we are an interdisciplinary, international and vibrant community with creative initiatives and, of course, great social events. 2017 has been a year with many important milestones for the Division:

  • In recognition of their outstanding long-term contributions to our field and in the area of mentoring, Dean A. Sheperd was awarded with our prestigious “Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award” and Charles H. Matthews received the ENT “Mentor Award”
  • Alain Fayolle took on his role as Past-Chair
  • Peter Klein was elected as the new PDW Chair
  • Gry Agnete Alsos, Marie-Louise Verreynne, Donald Siegel, and Denis Gregoire will serve the Division as newly elected RALs
  • April Franco has succeeded Tim Folta as Chair of the Awards Committee, Lou Marino has succeeded Kathleen Randerson as the Chair of the Communications Committee, and
  • Franz Lohrke took over the Chair position of the Historian Committee from Hans Landström.

I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Chicago in August 2018. Stay tuned for exiting announcements on events, dates and deadlines concerning PDWs, symposia, awards and paper submissions for 2018 by Don, Dawn, and Peter! Please do not forget to volunteer to REVIEW for the meeting and thank you in advance for helping us to grow entrepreneurship scholars also through reviewing!

As Division Chair of 2018, I have dedicated myself to the support of emerging scholars in our Division, taking our slogan "We grow entrepreneurship scholars" at the very heart. With the strong support of Dawn and the Kauffman Foundation in particular, we will seek to stimulate discussions and actions aiming at improving the way through which we help emerging scholars in our discipline to grow and advance the field of entrepreneurship.

I count on the devotion of you, dear members, to continue to support our Division and community that we are all proud to be a part off.

Last, but certainly not least, let me take the opportunity to thank all of you who make the ENT spirit come alive through your time, efforts and dedication to the Division. A brief letter does, unfortunately, not allow me to thank many of you in person. Let me address some of you by name as representatives of all diligent members working on stage and behind the scenes. Thanks go to Carlo Salvato, Alain Fayolle and our past Committee Chairs Kathleen, Hans, and Tim for their numerous years of impressive commitment and service to support the Division and its members. It’s a great honour to follow your footsteps. Our amazing team of Division officers and I will do our best to keep up with your impressive legacy.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Günther
ENT Division Chair