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Message from the Division Chair

October 2019
by Dawn R. DeTienne

Thanks so much for trusting me to be Chair of this amazing division!  Entrepreneurship is a dynamic and inclusive division and I truly believe all of you to be the most intellectual, engaging, innovative, and fun people I have worked with. Because the Entrepreneurship Division grew by nearly 200 members last year (accounting for 42 percent of the growth in the Academy), I think the secret is out!  I am humbled and privileged to be able to serve as your chair.  I love this division because we are diverse in so many ways. Our members not only come from entrepreneurship schools, but many come from sociology, economics, psychology, strategy, finance, and many are entrepreneurs. This brings a diversity of thought that provides the foundation for our innovative perspectives and approaches. Additionally, more than half of our members come from outside of the United States and 60% of the division leadership track is female. Thirty percent of all AOM members from Africa choose our division and of our nearly 3900 members, 25% are PhD students. Despite all this, we acknowledge there is much more to do.

First, I want to thank the approximately 150 people who serve on the leadership team and division committees as well as the approximately 800 of you who reviewed manuscripts for the annual meeting, served as session chairs, and evaluated division and dissertation awards. It takes many volunteer hours to make it all happen!  Because of our goal to reach all members, we engage in many areas of outreach including our Emerging Scholars Program, Global Scholar Development (headed by Esra Melimi), Practitioner-Scholar Outreach (John Mueller), Teaching Committee (Rachida Justo), Doctoral (Marilyn Uy and Michael Gielnik), Early-career (Desiree Pacheco), Mid-career (Rachida Justo), and Late-career (Kim Eddleston) Consortia. Even though we have many volunteers, WE NEED YOU!  Here are some of the ways to engage:


Last year we were short on reviewers for the annual meeting.  In order to manage the growing number of manuscripts the Division receives for consideration at the Annual Conference, we need over 1,500 reviewers. Last year we had just over 1300, which required some individuals to review many manuscripts.  Please respond to the Calls for Reviewers.  If you submit a PDW, symposia, or paper for the annual meeting, you should volunteer to review. Doing so 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.


We are looking for scholars who will consider mentoring our PhD students.  We are currently looking for junior or senior scholars who would like to give back to the field by serving as a mentor.  It’s easy and rewarding.  To sign up, please go to https://connect.aom.org/home  and follow the directions. The Entrepreneurship Division is the only division currently engaged in Mentor Match and we are thrilled to be able to offer these resources.  Watch for more details! 


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


Announcements regarding deadlines for the PDW, symposia, awards, and paper sessions for the Annual meeting are soon to follow. Watch for calls from Sarah Jack (Program Chair) and April Franco (PDW Chair) regarding these activities on the program. Ph.D. students who graduated or plan to graduate within the 2019 calendar year are especially encouraged to submit their dissertation for either the Heizer or National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Dissertation Awards. Peter Klein (Chair-Elect) will be announcing those details soon.

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 it is today because of your generous, tireless effort. Thanks to past chairs and especially Don Neubaum and Christina Guenther for mentoring me through this process.  Special thanks to Don for his leadership in 2019!  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 Executive Committee team at the Mid-Winter meeting in Fort Collins, Colorado in January where we will continue to plan a path of excellence for this Division.

 Below is a summary of the accomplishments, awards, and celebrations, from 2019

  • New Committee Chairs and RALs include: Trent Williams (Awards Committee), Diane Sullivan (Secretary), Raja Roy (Parliamentarian), Frédéric Delmar (RAL), Tim Holcomb (RAL), Annelore Huyghe (RAL), Yuliya Snihur (RAL), and April Franco (PDW Chair).
  • Don Neubaum took on his role as Past-Chair. Thanks Don for all your work these past four years!
  • Our mentoring program is open to all doctoral students. Thanks Gry Alsos.
  • We created a new consortium (previously a PDW) focused on Late Careers. Thanks Jerry Katz for your efforts to make this happen.  
  • Twenty-five people received the 2019 Annual Meeting Reviewer Awards (sponsored by Journal of Small Business Management) and 11 were PhD students
  • Ben Spigel and Tara Vinodrai won Best Empirical Paper Award (sponsored by Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business) for work on Recycling in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Nonyelum Lina Eze, Georges Samara, and Maria Jose Parada won Best Family Business Paper (sponsored by Kennesaw State University Cox Family Enterprise Center) for work on Cross-Regional Differences in Entrepreneurial Capital of Family Firms
  • David Townsend and Richard Hunt won Best Conceptual Paper (sponsored by Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice) for work on Entrepreneurship’s False Dichotomization of Risk and Uncertainty through Modal Logics
  • Jiawei Sophia Fu won Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper (sponsored by Batten Institute, Darden School) for work on Institutional Complexity in Social Ventures.
  • Cheng Gao won the Heizer Best Doctoral Dissertation (sponsored by Heizer Capital & the Edgar “Ned” Heizer Family) for work on Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Nascent Industries
  • Eliana Crosina won the NFIB Best Doctoral Dissertation (sponsored by NFIB) for work on Becoming an Entrepreneur in a Shared Work Space
  • The Foundational Paper Award, which honors a paper that has powerfully changed the conversation in the field of entrepreneurship for at least a decade, was award to Sharon Alvarez and Jay Barney for Discovery and Creation: Alternative Theories of Entrepreneurial Action.
  • The Grief Research Impact Award (sponsored by USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies), was awarded to Bruce Martin, Jeff McNally, and Michael Kay for Formation of Human Capital in Entrepreneurship: A Meta-analysis of Entrepreneurship Education Outcomes.
  • The three Emerging Scholars Awards, which honor a record of scholarship that has the potential to make innovative and impactful contributions to entrepreneurship research (sponsored by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), was awarded to Sophie Bacq, Trent Williams, and Eric Zhao.

I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver in August 2020.

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