The Entrepreneurial Management Unit strives to raise the level of academic work in the field of entrepreneurship through a focus on methodological rigor, conceptual depth, and managerial relevance. Because it is such a complex phenomenon, entrepreneurship must be studied through multiple lenses. Our multidisciplinary faculty focus their work in four key areas.
- Entrepreneurial Leadership & Organization: Research and course development in this area examine how entrepreneurial leaders build new ventures and grow them into sustainable businesses. Work in this area also addresses how turnaround leaders in mature firms and industries launch and build new businesses that fundamentally change the business model of the firm or industry. Also addressed are issues related to entrepreneurial mindset, the nature of creativity, talent management and organization design.
- Emerging Industries & Technologies: Research and course development activities in this area examine the emergence of new industries and new product-market opportunities that have significant disruptive potential (e.g., information technologies, science-based businesses, medical technologies, clean tech). This stream also investigates networks of scientist entrepreneurs and intellectual property protection.
- Resourcing Entrepreneurship and Growth: Research and course development in this area examine sources of financing for new ventures and approaches used to assemble the resources needed to support entrepreneurship and growth. It also examines global financing and labor markets, including market structures and how networks of entrepreneurs and financial partners work together to build successful businesses.
- Business History & Policy: Research and course development in this area examine the history of entrepreneurship and the regulatory and policy issues that have influenced, and continue to influence, entrepreneurial activity as an engine for economic growth and development. The EM Unit is fortunate to have within it leading business historians and policy analysts whose work defines the field of entrepreneurship past, present, and future.
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Global Reach of Harvard Business School: Entrepreneurial Management Unit Working Paper Series
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