• Entrepreneurship Division’s Plenary Session at AOM: Minority Entrepreneurship

    (posted on behalf of @April Franco, Program Chair)

    Over the past few years, there has been growing interest in minority entrepreneurship, with specific calls to support these entrepreneurs, who are often important engines for growth. At this year’s AOM Annual Meeting, the Entrepreneurship Division will host a virtual Plenary Session to discuss research on this topic, as well as identify avenues for future scholarship.
    We are delighted to welcome Professors Damon Phillips (Columbia GSB), Frank Fossen (University of Nevada, Reno), and Marlene Orozco (Stanford University and Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative) to share insights from their research on minority entrepreneurship. Professor Phillips will present his work with Kylie Jiwon Hwang on the emergence of entrepreneurship as a viable option for people formerly incarcerated, providing a path forward given potentially discriminatory hiring practices. Frank Fossen will discuss his work with Rob Fairlie, which examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority entrepreneurship. Finally, Marlene Orozco will focus on her work with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative on LatinX entrepreneurship and immigrant integration and pathways of social mobility through entrepreneurship.
    Their presentations will lead to a discussion about minority entrepreneurship and how to support this key driver of growth, followed by a Q&A session with questions from the broader audience.
    Please join us for the ENT Division’s virtual Plenary Session (in real time) on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. (NY/EST). We look forward to seeing you soon!
  • Introducing the New Elects

    (posted on behalf of @Dawn DeTienne, Past-Chair of the ENT Division at AOM, 2020-2021)

    Please welcome the newest members of our Executive Committee!

    This past May, you elected the following PDW Chair, ENT Division Treasurer, and four Representatives-at-Large. They will begin their new roles at this year’s AOM Annual Meeting. Please see their bios and details below. A big thanks to all of you who voted!

    Dawn R. DeTienne
    ENT Past Division Chair

    PDW Chair (5-Year Leadership Term)
    Dr. Rachida Justo, Ph.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Entrepreneurship at IE University, Spain. Rachida is also the first PDW Chair to claim three nationalities: Dominican, Tunisian, and French, making her our first leader from three continents! She speaks five languages. Rachida’s research focuses on social and women entrepreneurship, often challenging widely held assumptions about the role of gender and non-economic goals in entrepreneurial outcomes. Her work has been published in several academic outlets, such as the JBV, ETP, and JBE, as well as in several book chapters. She has been granted several awards from her research, including the “Best Women’s Entrepreneurship Paper Award” from AOM’s Entrepreneurship Division. Rachida strives to develop student’s awareness of the power of entrepreneurship to address Sustainable Development Goals and create sustainable and social value. She has developed numerous paper and multimedia teaching materials and won several teaching cases awards. She has been involved in the Executive Committee of the AOM’s Entrepreneurship Division since 2015 and served as Chair of its Teaching Committee since 2018. Rachida is highly engaged in action research and community outreach. She has served as Academic Director for the BBVA-Momentum Social Business Accelerator, and as a policy advisor and social entrepreneurship consultant for several international organizations, such the European Commission and the OECD. Rachida lives in Madrid with her husband and their two children.

    Entrepreneurship Division Treasurer

    Dr. Maribel Guerrero is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School of Business and Economics (Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile) and Northumbria Centre for Innovation, Regional Transformation, and Entrepreneurship (iNCITE). She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Business Economics at the Department of Business of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Maribel has served AOM’s Entrepreneurship Division as a reviewer, discussant/chair, PDW/Symposium organizer, papers/career development seminars, DISCOtech regional ambassador, an active member of the Global Scholar Development Committee, Entrepreneurship Chair of the Mexican 2020 AOM specialized conference (canceled by COVID-19), ENT Division Mentor, and 2018-2021 ENT Division Treasurer. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, she has also worked professionally in the accounting field. Maribel values ethics, trust, respect, responsibility, hard work, and proactiveness.

    Representatives-at-Large (RAL)

    Dr. Isabella Hatak is a Full Professor of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship and Director of the KMU-HSG at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. Her research focuses on the value-creating behavior of individual entrepreneurs and what influences that behavior along the entrepreneurship process. The bright and dark sides of entrepreneurial well-being and mental health are at the heart of her teaching activities, as well as executive education. Isabella’s research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Journal of Business Ethics. She also reviews on the boards of ETP, ISBJ, and JSBM. Isabella strongly believes that one of the most effective ways of supporting entrepreneurial ventures is through an inclusive mindset in research and scholarship, building on the endeavors of the most impactful international entrepreneurship community.

    Dr. Sofia Johan, LL.B (University of Liverpool), LL.M. in International Economic Law (University of Warwick), Ph.D. in Law and Economics (Tilburg University), is Assistant Professor of Finance and Fellow of the Phil Smith Center for Free Enterprise at Florida Atlantic University, USA. She is also Chair in Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Aberdeen Business School and the Extramural Research Fellow at the Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC) in The Netherlands. Sofia is Co-Editor of Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management. Her research is focused on law and finance, sovereign wealth funds, market surveillance, corporate governance, alternative investments and alternative finance. Her research has been published in the American Law and Economics Review, JFE, JFQA, AMJ, Journal of Banking and Finance, EFM, EER, and ETP, among other journals. Sofia has also co-authored multiple books, including Crowdfunding: Fundamental Cases, Facts and Insights; Venture Capital and Private Equity Contracting: An International Perspective; and Hedge Fund Structure, Regulation and Performance Around the World. She co-edited the book, Handbook of IPOs, published by Oxford University Press. She is now working on another book, Handbook of Hedge Funds, that will also be published by Oxford University Press.

    Dr. Trent Williams is an Associate Professor and the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Trent’s research focuses on new venture emergence, resourcefulness in entrepreneurship, resilience, and entrepreneurial responses to crises and extreme challenges. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Trent worked with two start-up ventures before becoming a Management Consultant in the Dallas area with Deloitte Consulting and then PwC Advisory. Trent has lived in Indonesia, several U.S. states, and Paris, France and enjoys collaborating across international borders to conduct his research. These interests have taken him to places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic to collect original data, and he is currently collaborating with co-authors in Sweden, Lebanon, and other locations to expand theory by incorporating more diverse entrepreneurial phenomena. In his free time, Trent enjoys mountain biking, skiing, running, and spending time with his family.

    Dr. Matthew S. Wood is Professor of Entrepreneurship and holds the Robert and Louise Rogers Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Baylor University. He is past Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and currently serves as Director for the Entrepreneurship Doctoral Program. Matt’s research examines the nature of entrepreneurial opportunity and decision-making related to entrepreneurial action. His research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He serves on several editorial boards and is a Field Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing. Matt has been heavily engaged in AOM’s Entrepreneurship Division, serving as a member since 2007, fill-in RAL, Doctoral Consortia faculty mentor (2017-2021), Early Career Consortia panelist and mentor (2017-2021), and Division PDW co-organizer/panelist (2018-2021).

  • Call for Nominations for Innovation In Pedagogy Award

    Deadline for nominations of the Entrepreneurship Division’s 2021 Innovation in Pedagogy Award has been extended to May 31st. The Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division and Yeshiva University present an annual award ($1500) to the person(s) who develops and implements an innovation in entrepreneurship pedagogy for either graduate or undergraduate education. Please nominate to encourage not only innovations in pedagogy, but also the dissemination of such innovations!
  • Nomination Updates

    (posted on behalf of @Dawn DeTienne, Past-Chair of the ENT Division at AOM, 2020-2021)

    Thank you all for participating in nominating individuals who you believe will serve the division into the future. Nominations closed on February 28.  Below are the open positions: 
    1) Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Chair (5-year position consisting of PDW Chair, Program Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair)
    2) Four Representatives at Large Positions (3-year position)
    3) Treasurer Position (3-year position)
    This year we had 15 nominations for PDW Chair, 65 nominations for RAL, and 5 nominations for Treasurer. We are currently in the process of determining if individuals want to serve and then the committee will set the slate of candidates.
    These positions are vital to the continued growth of our Division. Our elected officials will help shape the Division over the next few years and bring their time, ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to enhance the vibrancy, professionalism, and friendliness of the Division and the programs it offers to its members.
    Elections will begin April 16 and be open until May 18. Please watch for emails from the Academy and the Division to participate in the election. We will announce the winners in May 2021.
    Thank you for your participation in this important process!
    Dawn R. DeTienne
    Professor of Entrepreneurship
    Colorado State University
    Past-Chair of the ENT Division at AOM, 2020-2021
  • Entrepreneurship Division 2021 Elections

    (posted on behalf of @Dawn DeTienne, Past Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division and Chair of the ENT Nominations Committee)

    Important Notice! Of the topics I have written about the last couple of years, this might be the most important!  The 2021 elections are an opportunity for you to have an impact on not only the ENT Division, but also the greater Academy.  As the immediate Past Division Chair, I have the distinct honor to work with the ENT Nomination Committee to oversee the Division’s upcoming elections.  Whether you engage in this process by nominating yourself (or others) or whether you make a point to cast your vote, your input is needed and welcomed! 

    Each election cycle we elect the next executive leader of the Division (PDW Chair) and new Representatives-at-Large (RALs). These positions are central to the continued success and growth of the ENT Division. Our elected officials will help shape the ENT Division over the next few years and bring their time, ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to enhance the vibrancy, professionalism, and friendliness of the Division.

    There will be two steps in the election process.  Please watch for emails (with links) or reach out to me with questions.  The email will be coming from AOM Headquarters.   

    STEP 1 – NOMINATIONS: February 1, 2021 – February 26, 2021

    Beginning February 1 all Division members will be able to nominate (or self-nominate) members for the open positions of PDW Chair and the four Representatives-at-Large positions. Once the Nomination Committee has reviewed all the Division’s nominees for these positions, we will work diligently to finalize the slate of candidates for election.

    STEP 2 – ELECTIONS: April 15, 2021 – May 14, 2021

    Beginning April 15, the Elections website will open to all ENT members, and this is your opportunity to be part of this important election process by voting for your preferred candidates. The voting process will end on May 14. By voting, you ensure that the elected officers will represent the preferences of our members.

    I look forward to your participation in this election process. In late May, we will notify everyone of the results.  Please contact me with any questions.
  • Call for Emerging Scholars Award

    (posted on behalf of  @April Franco

    The Emerging Scholars Award is part of an overall strategic initiative by the Entrepreneurship (ENT) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) to encourage, reward, and provide research support for Emerging Scholars of the Entrepreneurship Division. The impetus for this initiative was to recognize excellence among one of the largest segments of our membership as well as the importance of research within the ENT Division. 

    The Emerging Scholars Award provides recognition, visibility, and mentorship at AOM and through the NewsBlast, AOM Connect, and links to personal webpages and publications. Each year the division may present up to three Emerging Scholars Awards to deserving individuals. 

    The award winners should demonstrate an emerging record of scholarship that has the potential to make innovative and impactful contributions to the body of entrepreneurship research. 

    Eligible candidates must have received a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2020 and must be members of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. 

    Applications may consist of self-nominations or nominations from others in the field. For full consideration, applications must include a research statement (no longer than two single-spaced pages) demonstrating how the applicant’s previous work, work in progress, and future research goals have the potential to make significant contributions to the entrepreneurship literature. 

    Applications must be received by January 31, 2021. For more information, please contact April Franco at 

  • Call for Professional Development Workshop Submissions

    (posted on behalf of Jon C. Carr, 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 PDW sessions for the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which will be held virtually from July 30 - August 3, 2021. The Annual Meeting theme this year is “Bringing the Manager Back in Management”, with paper sessions, symposia, PDWs, and social opportunities that help address this theme.

    Taking into account the ENT Division mission (“We Grow Entrepreneurial Scholars”) and the Annual Meeting Theme, 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.

    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. Likewise, the nature of novelty, creativity, and innovativeness within entrepreneurial settings are valued, as well as new theoretical and empirical approaches towards entrepreneurial process research. Sessions with standard paper presentations are more appropriate for traditional sessions.

    The most effective PDWs encourage interaction among individuals and groups which do not typically participate in the same sessions, workshops, and activitiesnot only within the Entrepreneurship Division, but also across the divisional lines within 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.

    Proposals will be evaluated based on: (a) the expected substantive and networking benefit for participants, (b) the plans for creating an interactive and engaging session, (c) the breadth of interest of the session for individuals and groups within the Division and the broader Academy, (d) the novelty of the topic or the forum for the exchanges, (e) the effective use of program time, and (f) the fit with the conference theme. We encourage proposals which explicitly address these six criteria.
    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.

    For those PDW proposals that seek to engage other AOM Divisions: It is critical to draft your abstract in a clear and unambiguous fashion. This is because the only PDW information the other Division PDW Chairs will receive is the abstract of the proposal. A clear abstract will facilitate their potential engagement with your proposal.

    PDW proposals should be formatted following submission guidelines that are found at the AoM website. Early submissions are encouraged. Please note that if the submission guidelines and formatting requirements are not met, the submission will not be reviewed. Proposals should be submitted to the 2021 AoM Annual Meeting Submission Center, which is available at the website.

    The following dates apply:
    Submission Center Open Date: December 1, 2020 (12/01/2020)
    Submission Center Deadline Date: January 12, 2021 (1/12/2021) by 5:00 EST
    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 Entrepreneurship Division PDW. Even though the conference is being held virtually, 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, regardless of whether the sessions are held synchronously or asynchronously.”

    If you have questions, please contact the Entrepreneurship Division’s PDW Chair for the 2021 Annual Meeting: or at

    To ensure sufficient time to develop your proposal, please forward your general inquiries before December 18th, 2020.

    We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting this coming year!
  • Call for Submission

    (posted on behalf of April Franco, Program Chair)

    The Entrepreneurship Division now invites paper and symposium proposals for the 2021 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, July 30 – August 3, 2021. Proposals should fit the domain of the Entrepreneurship Division which includes not only the phenomena of self-employment, new-venture formation, small-business management, innovation, and firm growth, but also more general ideas about the recognition, analysis, and exploitation of perceived entrepreneurial opportunities; 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 contexts.

    This year's conference theme is "Bringing the Manager Back in Management.” Given that firms must interact with increasing uncertainty caused by factors outside the firm like the climate or a global pandemic, or inside the firm, caused by technological change, the role of the manager is becoming increasingly more complex. The theme asks how management researchers can better serve practicing managers and prepare for their needs in the future. Entrepreneurship research fits quite well since the “Manager” can be understood more broadly as a decision-maker in any organization, including founders, employees, and others who must deal with these uncertainties. The importance of the role of the entrepreneur in addressing uncertainty has been studied since the 1800’s when J.B. Say coined the term. As such, because the entrepreneur simultaneously takes on risk and benefits from the success of taking on this risk, our understanding of how entrepreneurs mitigate uncertainty and risk will help managers in moving forward. As members of the Entrepreneurship Division we are in a privileged position to produce and disseminate this knowledge to practitioners to address the challenges of risk and uncertainty in the 21st century. 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, January 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). The submission system will open in early December 2020. Submission guidelines and instructions are here. While we are particularly interested in submissions that relate to the conference theme, papers and symposia on any aspect of entrepreneurship are welcome.

    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 November 2020.

    Division Awards: The Entrepreneurship Division recognizes several best paper awards and best dissertation awards.
    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 reviewed. Please direct any questions to