My research is motivated by the current and future economic importance of high tech entrepreneurs. Their importance will only increase as competition for innovation increases. The challenges faced by entrepreneurs are particularly salient in developing countries yet we know much less about high tech entrepreneurship outside of the United States and Europe. This research seeks to analyze and compare significant patterns and determinants of entrepreneurship in a sample of university alumni. We anticipate an impact for universities, entrepreneurs, policymakers, as well as an academic impact of this research.
The ultimate objective of my research program is to find out which individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements optimally drive the rate and determine the direction of innovation, firm performance and ultimately economic growth. The societies that more quickly understand the underlying drivers of entrepreneurship and commercializing innovation will reap benefits in terms of economic well being and quality of life. In pursuing this objective, we seek to better understand two issues of considerable significance for entrepreneurship: the institutional and individual-level factors involved in deciding to become an entrepreneur. In addition, we seek to better understand the factors that shape what type of company is founded (including the impact on the economy and innovation).
Innovation takes place in almost every country and location on the globe. However, we still do not have a clear understanding of why some firms pursue this activity while others in the same industry do not. Since regional and national government leaders perceive innovation to be a driver of economic growth, they are eager to replicate the technology-based entrepreneurial firms characterized by Silicon Valley and the Boston Route 128 areas in the United States. My research is motivated by the current and future economic importance of high tech entrepreneurs. The cha