SOURCE: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

January 16, 2007 11:04 ET

Kauffman Foundation Announces 2006-2007 Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowships

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is proud to announce the 2006-2007 winners of the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship grants. These grants, in the amount of $15,000, are awarded to current Ph.D. students engaged in the study of entrepreneurship, and represent a variety of academic disciplines.

"The work completed at the beginning of a young academic's career often influences his or her future research interests," said Robert J. Strom, Ph.D., director of entrepreneurship research and policy at the Foundation. "We hope these grants will inspire this group of promising scholars, representing many different disciplines, to make a substantial contribution to the growing body of scholarly literature on entrepreneurship."

The 2006-2007 Fellowship winners, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

--  Pao-Lien Chen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
    "Entrepreneurial Activity in Emerging Industries: The Evolution of Founder
    and TMT Capabilities in the Context of Industry Evolution"
--  Joshua Drucker, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, "Regional
    Dominance, Adaptability and Small Business Performance: An Analysis of
    Establishment Productivity"
--  Charles Eesley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    "Entrepreneurial Ventures from Technology-based Universities"
--  Andrew Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Corporate
    Entrepreneurship as a Dynamic Capability: Investigating the Roles of
    Individuals, Firms, and Networks"
--  Adam Kleinbaum, Harvard University, "Building Bridges: The Network
    Structure of Strategic Interdependence"
--  Karthik Krishnan, Boston College, "Venture Capital and Productivity:
    An Empirical Analysis"
--  Marlena Lee, University of Chicago, "The Value of Entrepreneurial
    Human Capital in the Labor Market"
--  Jake Messersmith, University of Kansas, "Transforming Caterpillars
    into Butterflies: The Role of HR Practices in the Performance of Emergent
--  Ethan Mollick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Entrepreneurs,
    Innovators, and Industry Dynamics"
--  Christina Moon, Yale University, "Designing Daughters: Korean Fashion
    Designers and the New York and Los Angeles Apparel Industry"
--  Eric Neuman, University of Michigan, "Public Policy, Financing, and
    Entrepreneurship: The Development of the Competitive Local Telephone
    Service Industry"
--  Sangchan Park, Cornell University, "Institutional Entrepreneurs and
    Organizational Innovation: The Rise of Unconventional Medicine in the
    Conventional Healthcare Field"
--  Elaine Rideout, North Carolina State University, "Evaluating
    Entrepreneurial Education Impacts: Mediators of Successful High-Tech
    Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives"
--  Christopher Rider, University of California, Berkeley, "The Economic
    Value of Social Capital:  A Study in the U.S. Venture Capital Fundraising
--  Ting Zhang, George Mason University, "Elderly Entrepreneurship for an
    Aging U.S. Economy"
Recipients may use the grant to pay for costs associated with their dissertation, including data collection and analysis, databases, specialized hardware/software and travel.

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship program was begun in 2002. Since then, 62 grants have been awarded, totaling more than $900,000. Information regarding the 2007-2008 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program will be available on the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Portal by August 1, 2007 (

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