Message from the Chair (July 2019)
Michael Chrichton, author of Jurassic Park, is credited with saying, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” As academics, it is thus critical that we remain informed about our discipline’s history to stay connected to the field and, in turn, build upon the knowledge that others have discovered.
Maintaining our collective knowledge about both the entrepreneurship discipline, in general, and the Entrepreneurship Division, in particular, is the History Committee’s primary goal. Accordingly, the Division provides several history-focused resources for members.
For example, on the Division website’s History of Entrepreneurship page, members can view profiles of the Division’s pioneers and download The History of the Entrepreneurship Division, written by Hans Landström and Jon Lindhe. This publication details the Division’s founding and growth and lists past Division Chairs and award winners through 2015. (An updated list of award winners is available at https://ent.aom.org/awards.)
The Division supplies other useful online resources, including the following:
- History of the Research Field: Details the early history of entrepreneurship research, provides bibliometric analyses and methodological reviews of the field, and includes a special section on Schumpeter’s contributions to entrepreneurship.
Additionally, the Division has several social media sites – Facebook (@ENTDivision), Instagram (entdivaom), and Twitter (@ENT_Div_AoM) – that provide important information (e.g., Calls for Nominations) and help catalog our history. Please feel free to contribute content to these sites by uploading your pictures and videos from Division events and/or sharing news about developments in the field. Beyond recording our history, these sites allow the Division to disseminate information quickly to its members around the world. For example, about 81 percent of the Division’s Facebook followers reside outside the U.S.
Finally, stay tuned for a Division podcast that will debut after this year’s Academy of Management meeting in Boston. “This Month in Entrepreneurship” (i.e., “TMI Entrepreneurship”) will include current events and history-focused segments, which will help us record our Division and discipline’s histories as they unfold.
If you are interested in helping produce the podcast, joining the History Committee, and/or assisting with any of the Committee’s initiatives, please contact me at FranzLohrke@lsu.edu.
Thanks so much,
Entrepreneurship Division Historian and Archivist