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Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Entrepreneurship Victor Hwang with 2017 Junior Faculty Fellows Tiantian Yang, Dan J. Wang, Benjamin Wild Pugsley, Bo Cowgill, Seth Carnahan, Christian Catalini and presenter Roesmarie Ziedonis.

Recognizing the 2017 Junior Faculty Fellows

The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship recognizes faculty members in the United States conducting significant research in the field of entrepreneurship.

The 2017 recipients of the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF) were recognized at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia recently. The program recognizes junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship. Each Fellow’s university will receive a grant of $35,000 over several years to support the research activities of the Fellow.

This year’s Junior Faculty Fellows, along with their university affiliations, are:

  • Seth Carnahan, University of Michigan
  • Christian Catalini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bo Cowgill, Columbia University
  • Sabrina T. Howell, New York University
  • Benjamin Wild Pugsley, University of Notre Dame
  • Dan J. Wang, Columbia University
  • Tiantian Yang, Duke University

“Supporting new and emerging scholars studying entrepreneurship helps us identify important new trends in [the field],” said Victor Hwang, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Foundation. “This future research will be translated into actionable insights for policymakers, educators, service providers, and entrepreneurs.”

Research topics include:

  • Why entrepreneurial firms emerge and grow
  • How economic networks identify and allocate resources to opportunities when uncertainty exists
  • How family obligations affect entrepreneurship
  • The macroeconomic consequences of entrepreneurship
  • How social network dynamics catalyze change in society through entrepreneurship and innovation
  • How environmental pressures at organizations influence employees’ entrepreneurial activities, from entering entrepreneurship to establishing fledging firms

The KJFF is one of several programs in the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars initiative, which supports the overall goal of building the field of entrepreneurship research. The initiative, which includes the KJFF, Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, along with doctoral training programs that assist talented emerging scholars in their effort to earn doctoral degrees, encourages scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognizes ground-breaking research – all with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.


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