Research in Demand: Data from Kauffman Emerging Scholars

For more than 10 years, the Kauffman Foundation has been funding doctoral students, junior faculty, and impressive academic researchers around the U.S. studying entrepreneurship.

We are really proud of these scholars. They are doing amazing work and building the field of entrepreneurship within the rich and dynamic academic space.

As the Foundation becomes more focused on metrics and evaluation in our own work, we often test new ideas for collecting these data on our network of Emerging Scholars

Recently, we started using a new tool that tracks articles, blog posts, books, and all sorts of interesting content from our scholars. The tool delivers great analytics and data on Emerging Scholars groups, cohorts, and scholars. It also pulls metrics from all of our Emerging Scholars' SSRN and Google Scholar pages, and trolls the web for blog posts and social media connections. Overall, we think it’s pretty neat.

We decided to look at each cohort of past dissertation fellows to see how many publications[1] and impacts[2] each cohort has made.  


It has become clear to us that as scholars move along in their careers, their cohort collects more publications while also building more impact. This is why years such as 2005-2009 have such a large showing, with many of those scholars now a decade or so into their academic careers (Ethan Mollick’s crowdfunding paper is consistently a top entrepreneurship download on SSRN).

We’re also excited to see groups like the 2013 cohort — a group that is very early into their careers — are publishing at a greater volume than years prior. They’re also seeing impressive impact (this paper by Bo Cowgill, was the most viewed paper).

What this tells us is that an interest in entrepreneurship research is becoming more mainstream — more in demand.

We are excited to see what our data show in the next few years with this group of scholars. Until then, we’re grateful for all of the outstanding work our Emerging Scholars are doing to advance the field of entrepreneurship.



[1] Publications includes data on articles, papers, books and book chapters, conference papers, patents, and others.

[2] Impact details how others have seen their research: abstract views, downloads, link-outs, HTML views, PDF views, clicks, data views, holdings, sample downloads views, downloads, clicks, etc.

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