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Kauffman Dissertation Fellows 2003-2015

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Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Sebastian Dyrda  University of Minnesota Business Cycles, Firm Dynamics and Frictional Financial Markets University of Minnesota 
Daniel Fehder Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seed Accelerators, Startups and Ecosystems: Mechanisms and Regional Impacts Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Garcia-Macia Stanford University The Financing of Ideas and The Great Deviation Stanford University
Julia Garlick Yale University Occupational and Educational Choice in a Changing Financial Environment Yale University
Michela Giorcelli Stanford University The Effects of Management and Technology on Productivity: Lessons from the US Marshall Plan in Italy Stanford University
Lucy Y. Hu University of California, Berkeley What is the Crowd Worth? The Role of Peer Effects in Crowdfunding University of California, Berkeley
Yujin Kim University of California, Berkeley Market Creation and Dynamic Commercialization Strategies of Entrepreneurs: New Evidence from the Orphan Drug Act University of California, Berkeley
Sara Patricia Ferreira Moreira University of Chicago Are Businesses Born in Recessions Different? Life-Cycle Consequences of Economic Conditions at Inception University of Chicago
Christian Moser Princeton University Essays on Entrepreneurship and Inequality Princeton University
Abhishek Nagaraj Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mapping Innovation: Essays on the Geography of GPS-Based Entrepreneurship Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Megha Patnaik Stanford University Entrepreneurship & the Great Recession Stanford University
Briana Sell Georgia Institute of Technology Essays on Human Capital and Entrepreneurship Georgia Institute of Technology
Yufei Wu Massachusetts Institute of Technology Does a Bigger Market Size Facilitate Transactions in Markets for Technology? Impact on Licensing Strategy and Matching Quality in Pharmaceutical Licensing Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sandy Yu New York University The Impact of Accelerators on High-Technology Ventures New York University
Oren Ziv Harvard University Essays in Entrepreneurial Productivity, Location Decisions, and Urban Density Harvard University
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
James Bailey Temple University Health Insurance and the Supply of Entrepreneurs: New Evidence from the Affordable Care Act's Dependent Coverage Mandage Creighton University
Vanessa Beary Harvard University Persistent Gender Gaps in Entrepreneurial Attitudes, Intentions, and Actions: The Effects of a Youth Entrepreneurship Education Program in Khujand, Tajikistan U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program
Sean Carr University of Virginia Collective Action and the Financing of Innovation: Evidence from Crowdfunding University of Virginia
Bo Cowgill University of California, Berkeley Essays on Innovation and Economic Organization University of California, Berkeley
G. Christopher Crawford University of Louisville Causes of Extreme Outcomes in Entrepreneurship: Expectations, Endowments, Engagement, and Environments Ohio University
Daphne Demetry Northwestern University Episodic Organizations: Nascent Entrepreneurial forms of Organizing Northwestern University
Laura Doering University of Chicago The Social Determinants of Economic Growth: Microenterprise and Microfinance in Latin America University of Toronto
Shweta Gaonkar University of Maryland The Strategic Networks and Performance of Entrepreneurial Firms: Impact of Pre-Founding Ties Johns Hopkins University
Manuel Hermosilla Northwestern University Development and Commercialization Strategies for New Technologies: Essays on Biotech Innovation Johns Hopkins University
Lara Loewenstein Brandeis University Home Equity and Small Business Finance Brandeis University
Jamie McCasland University of California, Berkeley Training Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Africa: Peer Effects in Apprenticeship Training in Ghana University of California, Berkeley
Neil R. Mehrotra Columbia University Financial Frictions and Job Creation in the Great Recession Brown University
Russel Nelson University of California, Irvine Competitive Dynamics in New Markets: Measuring Innovation, Successful Strategies, and the Role of Social Media University of California, Irvine
Amy Nguyen-Chyung University of California, Berkeley How Entrepreneurial Do You Choose to Be? Talent, Risk Attitudes, Overconfidence and Self-Selection into Entrepreneurship University of Michigan
Adam Osman Yale University Occupational Choice under Credit and Information Constraints University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Mabel L. Abraham Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gendered Networks or Gendered Networking? Sex-Differences in Patterns of Network Activation and Returns to Social Ties for Male and Female Entrepreneurs Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seth Carnahan University of Maryland Employee Departure from Organizations: Three Essays University of Michigan
Edward J. Egan University of California, Berkeley The Economics of Patent Citations: Startup Commercialization Strategy, Value, and Success Imperial College London
Erik P. Gilje Boston College Does Local Access to Finance Matter? Evidence from U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Shale Booms University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe Columbia University Venture Capital and Innovation London School of Economics and Political Science
William Walker Hanlon Columbia University Innovation and Industry Development: Lessons from the British Cotton Textile Industry During the U.S. Civil War University of California, Los Angeles
Nahoko Kameo University of California, Los Angeles Changes in Academic Entrepreneurship Among Japanese University Bioscientists, 1980-2012 New York University
Lauren E. Lanahan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Spurring Innovation and Entrepreneurialism within States: Three Studies of State Level R&D Policies University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mahka Moeen University of Maryland Reconfiguration Strategies, Entrepreneurial Entry and Incubation of Nascent Industries: Three Essays University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Vincenzo Palermo Georgia Institute of Technology Essays on Markets for Technology: The Role of Licensing as a Complementary Strategy to Internal R&D University of Toronto
Pian Shu Massachusetts Institute of Technology Essays on Innovation, Productivity, and Talent Allocation Harvard Business School
Dan Jun Wang Stanford University Reversing the brain drain? Skilled return migration and the global movement of expert knowledge Columbia University, Graduate School of Business
Tiantian Yang University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill How Do Organizations Shape Entrepreneurship? Explaining Employee Entrepreneurs' Entry and Performance Duke University
Marek Zapletal University of Michigan Three Essays on Regulation and Entrepreneurship The Brattle Group
Bo Zhao University of Michigan The Effects of State Innovation Programs on Entrepreneurial Firms: Three Essays University of Hong Kong
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Lakshmi Balachandra Boston College Pitching Trustworthiness: Cues for Trust in Early-Stage Investment Decision-Making Babson College
Shai Bernstein* Harvard University Essays in Entrepreneurial Finance Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Michaël A. Bikard Massachusetts Institute of Technology Essays on the Production and Commercialization of New Scientific Knowledge London Business School
Jonathan Goldberg Massachusetts Institute of Technology Essays on Macroeconomics and Corporate Finance Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Mitchell Hoffman University of California, Berkeley Essays in Applied Microeconomics University of Toronto
Mauricio Larrain University of California, Berkeley Understanding Misallocation: The Importance of Financial Constraints Columbia University
Huyen T. Pham University of Notre Dame Essays on Dynamic Competition and Academic Entrepreneurship Analysis Group
Bogdan Prokopovych University of Rhode Island Three Essays on the Creation of New Markets for Sustainable Technologies and Services University of Rhode Island
Benjamin Wild Pugsley University of Chicago Essays on Small Business Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Olga Rostapshova Harvard University Pushing a Troika of Development: Promoting Investment, Curbing Corruption, and Enhancing Public Good Provision Social Impact and Social Science Genetics Association Consortium
Erin L. Scott Washington University in St. Louis The Impact of Regulation on Entrepreneurship and Innovation National University of Singapore
Christopher Stanton Stanford University Essays in Applied Economics: Entrepreneurship Through Online Outsourcing London School of Economics and Political Science
Ishani Tewari Brown University Regulation, Scale, and Growth: Evidence from the United States and India Yale University
Xiahua (Anny) Wei University of California, San Diego Consumer Switching and Competition Strategy in IT-enabled Markets University of Washington, Bothell
Wen Wen Georgia Institute of Technology The Implications of Incumbent Intellectual Property Strategies for Open Source Software Adoption and Commercialization University of Texas at Austin
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Marnix Amand Yale University Three Essays in Macroeconomics: Wealth Taxation and Entrepreneurship HEC Lausanne - University of Lausanne
W. Chad Carlos Cornell University From Surgeries to Startups: How Institutions Shape Entrepreneurial Activity in the Field of Health Care Brigham Young University
Emily Choi University of California, Berkeley Organizational Identity and Interorganizational Alliances University of Texas at Dallas
Kellilynn Frias University of Arizona Three Essays on Product Form Choice Texas Tech University
Naomi Hausman Harvard University Essays in Entrepreneurship and Public Economics Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Peng Huang Georgia Institute of Technology Essays on Innovation Ecosystems in the Enterprise Software Industry University of Maryland
Amol Joshi University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Entrepreneurial Discovery and Information Complexity in Knowledge-Intensive Industries Oregon State University
David Kryscynski Emory University The Strategic Implications of Firm-Specific Incentives Brigham Young University
Xiaoyang Li University of Michigan Essays in Corporate Finance and Labor Economics Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Hong Luo New York University Markets for Ideas: Theory and Evidence from the Movie Industry Harvard Business School
Rory McDonald* Stanford University Competition and Strategic Interaction in New Markets Harvard Business School
Sarada University of California, San Diego Essays in Entrepreneurship University of Wisconsin - Madison
Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato University of California, Berkeley Essays in Public Economics Duke University
Rodrigo Wagner Harvard University Macroeconomic Recovery, Export Innovation and the Coordination of Entrepreneurs in the Global Economy Tufts University
Rukiye Isil Yavuz University of Minnesota The "Outsider" Entrepreneurs: The Role of Founders' Immigrant Status in the Internationalization and Performance of High Technology New Ventures Ozyegin University
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Javed Ahmed University of California, Berkeley Essays on Financial Intermediation Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Nachiket Bhawe University of Minnesota Does the Order of Partner Selection Matter? Evidence from the Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry North Carolina State University
Meg Blume-Kohout RAND Pardee Graduate School Essays on Government Policy and Pharmaceutical Innovation New Mexico Consortium and MBK Analytics
Ian M.Breunig Colorado State University Three Essays on Health and Labor Outcomes Abt Associates
Gharad Bryan Yale University Essays on Development Economics London School of Economics and Political Science
Emily Cox Pahnke Stanford University Funding Innovation in Young Firms: The Case of Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices University of Washington
Martin Ganco* University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Effect of Technological Complexity on Innovation Performance, Employee Entrepreneurship and Mobility: Three Essays University of Minnesota
Deepak Hegde* University of California, Berkeley Essays on Institutions and Innovation New York University
Shon R. Hiatt Cornell University Institutional Actors and Entrepreneurial Choices: New Ventures in the Biodiesel Fuel Industry University of Southern California
Mingfeng Lin University of Maryland Decisions Under Uncertainty in Decentralized Online Markets: Empirical Studies of Peer-To-Peer Lending and Outsourcing University of Arizona
Kathleen Marker University of California, San Diego The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in an Arab American Economy Kelton
Jason M. O'Connor Northwestern University Essays on Estimating Policy Effects in Science-Based Industries U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Lori Santikian Harvard University The Ties That Bind: Bank Relationships and Small Business Lending University of Southern California
Edward Smith University of Chicago Amplified Interfaces: Essays on Organizational Identity and the Sociology of Hedge Funds Northwestern University
Margarita Tsoutsoura Columbia University The Effect of Succession Taxes on Family Firm Investment: Evidence from a Natural Experiment University of Chicago
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
David F. Benson University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Corporate Venture Capital and the Acquisition of Entrepreneurial Firms Brigham Young University
Brian J. Broughman University of California, Berkeley Opportunistic Conduct and Governance Structure in Startup Firms Indiana University Bloomington
Michael Ciuchta University of Wisconsin - Madison The Impact of Organizational Identity on Learning from Initial Experiences University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jason Greenberg Massachusetts Institute of Technology Three Essays on Social Networks and Entrepreneurship New York University
Christopher Hayter George Washington University The Open Innovation Imperative: Perspectives on Success From Faculty Entrepreneurs Arizona State University
Anna Levine Taub Stanford University Understanding Incentives in Health Care Cornerstone Research
Christopher Liu Harvard University Essays on Network Antecedents in a Knowledge Production Context University of Toronto
Matt Marx* Harvard University Essays on Employee Non-compete Agreements Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Naranchimeg Mijid Colorado State University Gender, Race, and Credit Rationing of Small Businesses: Empirical Evidence from the 2003 Survey of Small Business Finances Central Connecticut State University
Shane Moser University of Kansas Does Diversity Among Co-investing Venture Capital Firms add Value for Entrepreneurial Companies? University of Mississippi
Romel Mostafa Carnegie Mellon University Economic Growth One Industry at a Time: Entrepreneurship in the Bangladesh Garment Industry University of Western Ontario
Yongwook Paik University of California at Berkeley Serial Entrepreneurs and New Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from Venture-backed Semiconductor Firms University of Southern California
Kelly Patterson Cornell University Impression Management and Reputation Defense in 19th Century Credit Rating University of Southern California
Sarah Thébaud Cornell University Institutions, Cultural Beliefs and the Maintenance of Gender Inequality in Entrepreneurship Across Industrialized Nations University of California, Santa Barbara
Yanbo Wang Massachusetts Institute of Technology Riding the Dragon: Entrepreneurship Under Market Transition Boston University
Erez Yoeli University of Chicago Does Social Approval Stimulate Prosocial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Residential Electricity Market Harvard University Program for Evolutionary Dynamics
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Pao-Lien Chen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Performance Implications of the Evolution of Managerial Capabilities in the Context of Industry Evolution National Tsing Hua University
Joshua M. Drucker University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Regional Dominance and Industrial Success: A Productivity-Based Analysis University of Illinois at Chicago
Charles E. Eesley Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneurial Ventures from Technology-Based Universities: a Cross-National Comparison Stanford University
Andrew M. Hess Georgia Institute of Technology Essays on Dynamic Capabilities: The Role of Intellectual Human Capital on Firm Innovation Washington and Lee University
Adam M. Kleinbaum Harvard University The Social Structure of Organization: Coordination in a Large, Multi-Business Firm Dartmouth College
Karthik Krishnan Boston College How does Venture Capital Financing Improve Efficiency in Private Firms? A Look Beneath the Surface Northeastern University
Marlena I. Lee University of Chicago Do Employers Value Entrepreneurial Human Capital? An empirical study of post-self-employment wages Dimensional Fund Advisors
Jake Messersmith University of Kansas Transforming Caterpillars into Butterflies: The Role of Managerial Values and HR Systems in the Performance of Emergent Organizations University of Nebraska - Kearney
Ethan Mollick* Massachusetts Institute of Technology Essays on Individuals and Organizations University of Pennsylvania
Christina Moon Yale University Material Intimacies: The Labor of Creativity in the Global Fashion Industry The New School, Parsons School of Design
Eric J. Neuman University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Public Policy and Entrepreneurship: The Development of the Competitive Local Telephone Service Industry University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sangchan Park Cornell University Is Legitimacy Contagious? The Collective Legitimation of Alternative Therapies in the U.S. Hospital Industry Ewha Womans University
Elaine C. Rideout North Carolina State University Bounded Rationality and the Supply Side of Entrepreneurship: Evaluating Technology Entrepreneurship Education for Economic Impact North Carolina State University
Christopher I. Rider* University of California, Berkeley Network Positions and Processes: Evidence from U.S. Private Equity Georgetown University
Ting Zhang George Mason University It's Never Too Late: Elderly Entrepreneurship in the Aging Economy University of Baltimore
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Jurgita Baltrušaityté-Axelson University of Illinois - Chicago The Opportunity Recognition Process, New Business Start-Up Motivators and Outcomes: The Real Options Approach Jurgita Interiors London Ltd.
Sandip Basu University of Washington Corporate Venture Capital: Towards Understanding Who Does It, Why and How Baruch College, City University of New York
Ola Bengtsson University of Chicago Repeated Relationships between Founders and Venture Capitalists Lund University (deceased)
Amy E. Davis University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill More (or Less) than the Sums of their Parts? Status, Teams, and Entrepreneurial Outcomes Babson College
Benjamin L. Hallen Stanford University The Origin of the Network Positions of New Organizations: How Entrepreneurs Raise Funds University of Washington
Poonam Khanna University of Texas - Austin The Downside of Repeated Ties: Syndicated Venture Capital Investments University of Texas at San Antonio
Adriana Kocornik-Mina George Mason University Effects of Space on Inter-State Growth Dynamics and Income Disparities in India - Modeling the Simultaneous Growth of a System of Spatial Units Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science
Elena Loutskina Boston College How Do Corporate Venture Capitalists Create Value For Entrepreneurial Firms? University of Virginia
Yang Lu New York University Networking as a Barrier to Entry and the Competitive Supply of Venture Capital BlueMountain Capital Management
Denisa Mindruta University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Markets For Research: A Matching Approach to University-Industry Research Collaborations HEC Paris
Ramana Nanda* Massachusetts Institute of Technology Essays in Entrepreneurial Finance Harvard University
Evan Rawley University of California, Berkeley Organization and Performance: Evidence from Microdata Columbia University
Nikolai Roussanov University of Chicago Diversification and its Discontents: Idiosyncratic and Entrepreneurial Risk in the Quest for Social Status University of Pennsylvania
Henry Sauermann* Duke University Individual Incentives as Drivers of Innovative Processes and Performance Georgia Institute of Technology
Jifeng Yu Georgia State University Network Effects on New Venture Internationalization: A Network-Knowledge Framework University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf University of Kentucky The Effectiveness of Entrepreneurial Start-Up Assistance Programs: Evidence from the U.S. Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics Old Dominion University
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Aaron Kumar Chatterji* University of California, Berkeley Empirical Essays on Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility Duke University
Tami Gurley-Calvez University of Tennessee - Knoxville Tax Policies and Entrepreneurship: Relative Tax Rates and Health Insurance Deductibility University of Kansas Medical Center
Shan He Boston College Three Essays in Corporate Finance Louisiana State University
Brandon H. Lee Cornell University Cultivating the Niche: A Study of the Origins and Consequences of Standards-Based Certification Organizations in the U.S. Organic Food Industry Melbourne Business School
Matt Marvel University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A Knowledge-Based View of the Venture Creation Process: How Technology Entrepreneurs Mix Knowledge to Create Radical Innovations Ball State University
Maija Renko Florida International University The Role of Market Knowledge in Recognizing and Exploiting Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Technology Intensive Firms University of Illinois at Chicago
Henry Renski University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill An Investigation of the Industrial Ecology of Business Start-up Survival University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Carlos Emiliano Salinas Harvard University Political and Social Roots of Economic Vices and Virtues: Evidence from Mexico Prorsus Capital
Krishnamurthy Subramanian University of Chicago Boundary Decisions and Financing Choices in Human Capital Intensive Firms: Theory and Evidence Indian School of Business
Yinghong (Susan) Wei University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Market Orientation and Successful New Product Innovation: The Role of Competency Traps Texas A&M International University
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Michael J. Fern University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Towards a Dynamic Model of Founding: Unlocking the Origins of Organizational Variation University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Richard John Gentry University of Florida Aspiration and Real Options: A Behavioral Theory of Strategic Decision Making University of Mississippi
Brett Anitra Gilbert* Indiana University The Implications of Geographic Cluster Locations for New Venture Performance Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Denis Grégoire University of Colorado Opportunity Acknowledgement as a Cognitive Process of Pattern Recognition and Structural Alignment HEC Montréal
Sean M. Hackett Vanderbilt University Real Options and the Option to Incubate: An Exploratory Study of the Process of Business Incubation Waseda University
Justin Marion University of Chicago Costs and Benefits of Affirmative Action in California Government Contracting University of California Santa Cruz
Jeff D. Rosenberger Stanford University The Flip Side of the Coin: Nascent Technology Ventures and Corporate Venture Funding Wealthfront, Inc.
Jennifer M. Sequeira University of Texas - Arlington The Effect of Network Ties and Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy on Immigrant New Venture Intentions University of Southern Mississippi
Marco Tortoriello Carnegie Mellon University The Social Underpinnings of Absorptive Capacity: External Knowledge, Social Networks, and Individual Innovativeness IESE Business School
Geraldine A. Wu Columbia University The Interdependence of Organizational Knowledge and Financing: Studies of Technological Innovation, Learning, and Corporate Restructuring in U.S. Medical Device Ventures New York University
Name Degree Institution Dissertation Title Current Institution
Kenneth Andrew Colwell University of Oregon The Structure of Alliance Networks in Nascent Organizational Fields: The Case of Nanotechnology Long Island University Brooklyn
Waverly W. Ding* University of Chicago Four Essays on the Formation and Evolution of U.S. Biotechnology Companies University of Maryland
Benedict Kemmerer University of Kansas Individual Cognition and the Resource-Based View: Investigating the Way Entrepreneurs Conceptualize, Categorize, and Judge Resources BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH
Elaine L. Krumpelman-Farmer University of Missouri - Columbia The Investment Horizon Issue in User-Owned Organizations Park University
Mark (Huanliang) Liu Boston College How Should Entrepreneurs Sell Equity in Initial Public Offerings? Fixed-Price Offerings Versus IPO Auctions: Three Essays in Corporate Finance University of Kentucky
Jeffery S. McMullen University of Colorado - Boulder Entrepreneurial Decision Making and The Firm's Propensity for Novel Action: A Regulatory Focus Perspective Indiana University
Michael D. Meeks University of Colorado - Boulder Antecedents to the Entrepreneurial Decision: An Empirical Analysis of Three Predictive Models University of Louisiana at Shreveport
Andrew Mongar Temple University A Knowledge Based Model of Cooperation for Smaller Firms: Lessons From Chinese and US Comparisons American Genius Corporation/Exergy Innovation Corporation
Kelley A. Packalen Stanford University You Can't Leave Your Past Behind: The Influence of Founders' Career Histories on their Firms Queen's School of Business
M. Julia Prats Harvard University The Entrepreneurial Boom and Bust Phenomenon Sustaining Superior Performance through a Boom and Bust Cycle: Inter-Firm Differences University of Navarra
Mina Yoo University of Michigan Social Networks and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley University of Washington