• 2023 Entrepreneurship Division Plenary Agenda

    (posted on behalf of @Rachida Justo, Program Chair) 

    2023 Entrepreneurship Division Plenary Agenda: "Balancing Rigor and Relevance: Bridging Academia and Practice in Entrepreneurship Research"

    In the field of entrepreneurship, the importance of conducting research that is both rigorous and relevant to practice cannot be overstated. As we navigate an ever-changing, technology-driven, economic landscape, entrepreneurship scholars are faced with the crucial task of delivering research that is impactful and practically relevant. This not only contributes to the academic body of knowledge but also has tangible effects on entrepreneurship practices, thereby fostering innovation, economic growth, and societal development.

    It is in this context that we are thrilled to announce the Entrepreneurship Division’s Plenary Session on "Balancing Rigor and Relevance: Bridging Academia and Practice in Entrepreneurship Research." The event aims to initiate dialogue and debate on how to create a balance between these two crucial elements of entrepreneurship scholarship.

    We are honored to host an esteemed panel for the seminar: Professor David Deeds (Schulze Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Morrison Center at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, USA), Professor Vishal Gupta (The University of Alabama, USA), Professor Pablo Muñoz (the Durham University Business School, UK), and Professor Maija Renko (Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship at DePaul University, USA). The insights, experience, and diverse perspectives our panelists bring make this an invaluable opportunity to advance our understanding on how we can engage with practice through our research.

    Please join us for the ENT Division’s virtual Plenary Session (in real time) on Monday, August 7th, 2023, from 11:00AM-12:30PM (in the Hynes Convention Centre, Boston). We eagerly look forward to your participation!


  • ENT Election Results

    (posted on behalf of @Sarah Jack, Past Division Chair)

    Dear Colleagues, 

    I’m pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 ENT Division Elections. 

    PDW Chair (first step on the five-year leadership ladder, starting Fall 2023):

    • Christina Theodoraki, Toulouse Business School
      Christina Theodoraki is Associate Professor in entrepreneurship at TBS Education, Senior Research Fellow at Indiana University and Business Development Manager at the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Research Network. In 2021, she received the Babson Collaborative Member of the Year Award. She is Editor of Small Business Economics, Associate Editor of Journal of Small Business Management, and member of several editorial boards. Her research includes entrepreneurial ecosystems and support organizations, and has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Research, R&D Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. Since 2016, she has been regular member of the ENT division and contributed to different roles (reviewer, E-Encounter contributor, presenter, organizer, speaker) in over 16 sessions including PDW, Symposiums, Author-presentations, Meet the editors. It is a great honor to serve as PDW Chair promoting sessions of connection, collaboration and innovation that enable the growth of the entrepreneurship field.  

    Representatives at Large (three-year term starting Fall 2022):

    • Michael Ciuchta, University of Massachusetts Lowell
      Michael P. Ciuchta is a Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from The Wharton School. Michael’s research lies at the intersection of institutional and behavioral decision-making theories. In one stream, he examines how entrepreneurs (individuals or organizations) interpret and respond to information in the pursuit of entrepreneurial endeavors. In another stream, he considers how financial capital providers evaluate entrepreneurs and ventures. He publishes in and reviews for the leading entrepreneurship journals including JBV, ET&P, SEJ, ISBJ and JoTT. He regularly presents at and reviews for AOM and is on the Board of Reviewers for the Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Michael is passionate about entrepreneurship education, teaching at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, and he serves as program coordinator for UMass Lowell’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship program. 

    • Marcus Wolfe, University of North Texas
      Marcus Wolfe is the G. Brint Ryan Professor of Entrepreneurship, and an Associate Professor in the Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas. His research primarily focuses on individual cognition and decision making at all stages of the entrepreneurial process, the potential clinical and biological factors that influence entrepreneurial health and well-being, as well as emotions and entrepreneurial failure. His research has appeared in a number of leading academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal among others. He serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management, and Journal of Business Venturing Insights. Additionally, prior to beginning his career in academia Marcus was also involved in helping to found and run several new venture start-ups in a wide range of industry sectors.

    • Lien Denoo, Tilburg University
      Lien Denoo is a tenured Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Tilburg University’s Department of Management. She got her PhD from Ghent University, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California. Lien’s research interests include the role of customers in young technology ventures, value creation and capture in nascent technology ventures, and the impact of founder characteristics and resource acquisition processes on new venture start-up and growth. Lien’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and received several awards such as the Heizer award from the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship division, and the 2021 EBS Best Paper Award. Lien is an experienced teacher in (corporate) entrepreneurship, business and innovation, and received an excellent teacher award from her school. She further serves as a member of the ENT division’s research committee, and is an active journal and conference reviewer.

    • Emmalinde Roelofse, University of Northern Iowa
      Dr. Lindi Roelofse is the T. Wayne Davis Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Northern Iowa. She returned to academia after cutting her teeth on economic development crisis situations as an executive rebuilding in response to presidential disaster crisis situations like natural disasters, as well major manufacturing plant closings. Most recently her scholarly agenda on strategic decision-making under uncertainty zoomed in on the impact of the COVID pandemic. In the past three years, she and her team have won 20+ global, national, regional, state, and local awards for initiatives helping entrepreneurs beat the odds and specifically efforts of rebuilding trust and healing from damage and trauma associated with needs of underrepresented minorities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2022 the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation made a major three-year commitment to invest in Dr. Roelofse’s action research portfolio as a PI. Her scholarship at AOM has been highlighted in the form of papers as well as Professional Development Workshops.

    • Jeff McMullen, Indiana University
      Jeffery S. McMullen is David H. Jacobs Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Venturing. Studying entrepreneurship as a process of self-discovery and socio-economic change, Dr. McMullen has published in Annals, AMJ, AMR, ETP, JBV, JIBS, JMS, SEJ, and SMJ, to name only a few. In 2018, he won the Foundational Paper Award from the AOM's Entrepreneurship Division. Additionally, Jeff has received the Kelley School of Business’s Innovative Teaching Award, multiple Trustees Teaching Awards, best doctoral class and advisor awards, the Sauvain Teaching Award for lifetime achievement for excellence in undergraduate education, and the AOM Award for Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy. In 2022, he was awarded the Mentor Award from the AOM's Entrepreneurship Division. Before academia, Jeff was a CPA at KPMG, Denver, and a successful entrepreneur in Colorado where he received his MBA and PhD.

    Our participation rate was 17%. This was low for the ENT Division, and lower than other AOM Divisions. 

    Thanks to all the candidates for their willingness to serve the Division, and to all who voted for their participation.

  • Call for Professional Development Workshops

    (posted on behalf @Vishal Gupta, PDW Chair)

    Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are among the most rewarding, stimulating, and enjoyable sessions of the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting. The Entrepreneurship Division invites creative and innovative proposals for interactive PDW sessions for the 2023 AOM Conference in Boston (Massachusetts). We are looking for interesting, engaging, and creative PDW’s on Research (topics and methods), Teaching, and Practice to Scholarship and back. We encourage you to include in the abstract information about the PDW itself, as well as also explain why other Divisions would want to cross-list it. 

    Given its mission, “We Grow Entrepreneurial Scholars,” the ENT Division favors proposals that give participants at all career stages the opportunity to learn new skills, share ideas, help other scholars, have new experiences, and build connections. 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. 

    PDW sessions are typically structured as workshops, breakout sessions, tutorials, discussion panels, research incubators, or other interactive formats. They provide a forum for exchanging ideas and building relationships in a manner that does not typically fit the constraints of paper and symposium sessions. Knowledge sharing and participation are key, and PDWs present the opportunity to experiment with new models of interaction and engagement. We welcome submissions featuring innovative topics or themes, new forms of exchange, and experimental formats—for example, sessions that use technology in novel ways, create interactions among participants before or after the session, and engage participants in new ways. 

    Proposals should interest members of the Entrepreneurship Division, or fit its domain, which includes not only the phenomena of self-employment, small-business management, family business, new-venture formation, innovation, and firm growth but also more general ideas about the recognition, analysis, and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities; the nature of novelty, creativity, and innovativeness; and how individuals and groups exercise judgment under uncertainty. Sessions with standard paper presentations are more appropriate for traditional symposia. 

    However, 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. Hence you are encouraged to work with colleagues within and outside the Division and submit appropriate PDW proposals which have broad appeal to the Academy membership at-large. While not required, submitters are encouraged to consider the overall AOM 2023 conference theme, “Putting the Worker Front and Center,” when developing their proposals. 

    Proposals will be evaluated based on (a) expected substantive and networking benefit for participants, (b) plans for creating an interactive and engaging session, (c) breadth of interest of the session for individuals and groups within the Division and the broader Academy, (d) novelty of the topic or the forum for the exchanges, (e) the effective use of program time, and (f) fit with the conference theme. We encourage proposals that explicitly address these six criteria. Proposals that are a simple repeat—without new innovative content beyond what has already been covered—from previous years will not be considered favorably. Proposals will be evaluated on their ability to draw an audience from the specific discipline or across AOM, as well as its innovativeness and potential impact on the professional success of participants. 

    As PDWs are intended for professional development, proposals should explain how their session will foster interaction and personal development among participants as well as the audience they will aim to attract. In order to allow interaction, PDWs are typically at least two hours long, though sessions may be as short as 1.5 hours. Further, all submissions are limited to no more than 8 pages but must have at least 4 pages.

    The title page must include the Academy submission system-assigned 5-digit submission number, title of the workshop (in Title Case), name of primary sponsor, and a list of other sponsors who might be interested in the workshop as well as an abstract (250 word maximum), one page explanation of why the workshop should be of interest to the ENT division, one page description of the PDW format, 1-3 page overview of the workshop. The page format requirements for all submissions is as follows: Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch (2.5cm) margin all around, and 8.5" x 11" page setting. The entire submission must be contained in ONE document and must be either .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Please note that if any of the above guidelines and formatting requirements are not met, the submission will not be reviewed. 

    Before submitting a PDW proposal, consider the following questions:  

    • Does the workshop offer a high quality and high level learning experience that has a significant positive impact on the professional development of the participants?
    • Does the workshop provide participants with a clear takeaway? (E.g. learn a new skill; develop a new research plan)
    • Does the workshop have a theme and a group of participants to draw a strong audience regardless of competing sessions or scheduling restrictions?
    • Does the workshop encourage multi-way conversation and interaction among participants from multiple divisions, disciplines, regions, career stages, or demographic backgrounds?
    • Is the workshop creative and innovative in all of its elements? 

    William L. Dougan of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has provided an additional resource in the form of A Guide for Creating and Managing a Good Professional Development Workshop.

    Proposals should be submitted to the 2023 AoM Annual Meeting Submission Center, which is available at the website beginning in early December of 2022. Early submissions and expressions of interest are encouraged. 

    The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2023, at 5PM ET (NY Time). The PDW program runs from 8 am Friday through 8 pm Saturday (August 4 and 5, 2023).

    All named PDW participants must commit to participation in advance. All proposals require a statement indicating that all named participants have consented to participate in the PDW. The AOM’s “Rule of Three” for the PDW program is that “no one may submit or be associated with more than 3 PDW submissions; or appear in more than 3 PDW sessions during the preconference from Friday to Saturday, regardless of whether the sessions are held on-site or off-site.” 

    If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential workshop idea, please contact the Entrepreneurship Division’s PDW Chair, Vishal K. Gupta at To ensure sufficient time to develop your proposal, please forward your general inquiries before December 1, 2022. 

    See you in Boston!

  • 2023 Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions

    (posted on behalf of @Rachida Justo, Program Chair)
    The Entrepreneurship Division now invites paper and symposium proposals for the 2023 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 4th-8th 2023, in Boston (Massachusetts). Proposals should fit the domain of the Entrepreneurship Division, which includes not only the phenomena of self-employment, new-venture formation and financing, small-business management, family business, innovation, and firm growth, but also more general ideas about the recognition, analysis, and exploitation of perceived entrepreneurial opportunities. Additionally, the nature of novelty, creativity, and innovativeness among individuals and organizations, and how people and groups exercise judgment under uncertainty and in a variety of enterprising contexts, will be considered.
    This year's conference theme is "Putting the Worker Front and Center”. Global shifts in the geo-political, environmental, demographic, and technological landscape are introducing unprecedented levels of uncertainty into labor markets and employment relations. The 2023 theme calls for our community to rebalance our attention, and pivot towards those at the very core of productive enterprise, namely the workers. As members of the Entrepreneurship Division, we are in a privileged position to produce both rigorous and practically relevant research that might allow entrepreneurs, managers, policy makers and labor leaders to more effectively and collaboratively meet the challenges presented. Thus, we invite members of the Entrepreneurship Division to offer further insight and join in the discussions around this critical theme, though proposals on any topic related to entrepreneurship are welcome.
    Paper and symposium proposals are due Tuesday, 10 January 2023 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). The 2023 AoM Annual Meeting Submission Center will be available at the website beginning of December 2022. Early submissions and expressions of interest are encouraged.
    Thank you: We continue to thank all of our members and colleagues who have submitted, reviewed and volunteered in this and previous years. You have helped make the ENT division collegiate, inclusive, and welcoming and a special place to be for all.
    Reviewers needed: We strongly encourage all who are submitting to the Entrepreneurship Division to support us by volunteering to review for the Entrepreneurship Division. The Division needs at least 1,500 reviewers. Your help in supporting our community with this task and helping its growth and development is greatly appreciated. The reviewer sign-up system opens early December 2022.
    Division Awards: The Entrepreneurship Division recognizes several best paper awards and best dissertation awards as part the meeting program.

    Submission Process: All submissions must be made through the AOM submission website. Please review all submission guidelines and formatting instructions carefully before submitting. If any guidelines or formatting instructions are not met, the submission cannot be sent for review. Please direct any questions to
    See you in Boston!​​​