Entrepreneurism is a hot topic in the academy.
More than ever before, colleges and universities are paying attention to small business models and creating curriculums that are designed to equip tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
As a result, some of the nation's leading small business experts can be found in the ranks of academia. These individuals thrive at the intersection of theory and practice, offering insights that equip small businesses for the challenges of today's (and tomorrow's) global economy.
To learn about the academic small business expertise in your own backyard, contact the business departments at local colleges and universities. In the meantime, you might want to check out these three small business experts in academia.
Donald Kuratko, The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Indiana University)
Don Kuratko is on the cutting edge of small business research. He is widely seen as a leading national scholar in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. He has won numerous national awards and authored more than 180 articles, most of which address critical small topics in small business ownership and leadership. In his spare time, Don has also managed to develop Indiana University's Entrepreneurship Program into one of the best in the nation.
Scott Shane, Weatherhead School of Management (Case Western Reserve University)
Scott Shane is a Wharton grad who has been recognized for academic work in the areas of entrepreneurship and technology strategy. His current research addresses technology transfer, organizational design, and more. In addition to his work at Case Western, Dr. Shane also serves as a business consultant and an angel investor through the Northcoast Angel Network.
Candida Brush, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship (Babson College)
Babson College is known for the quality of its business program – and Candida Brush is largely to blame for it. Candida is widely respected as an early authority on women's entrepreneurship, having conducted a seminal study on the topic during the early 1980s. She also played a major role in the formation of the Diana Project, a research consortium that studies women entrepreneurs' access to growth capital in the international business arena.