Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Academic Areas

The ENTI area covers entrepreneurship and innovation, in the context of existing businesses, startups and social enterprise. Our faculty members tackle a number of aspects in entrepreneurship and innovation topics, ranging from how companies create and implement entrepreneurial strategies, to understanding the context and support for young and smaller companies, to investigating how entrepreneurs think and act within resource, industry, technological, and social contexts. The faculty research is supported by a variety of grants, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Government of Alberta, and private foundations. The faculty also creates innovative new courses and programs in entrepreneurship, empowering potential entrepreneurs throughout the university community. ENTI faculty and students are pleased to work with the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and with the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking. Our area has a thriving PhD program with students from all over the world working with faculty to conduct world-class research.

Spotlight on Research

Research Proximity and Productivity: Long-Term Evidence from Agriculture

Shawn Kantor and Alexander Whalley

We use the late nineteenth-century establishment of agricultural experiment stations at preexisting land-grant colleges across the United States to estimate the importance of proximity to research for productivity growth. Our analysis reveals that proximity to newly opened permanent stations affected land productivity for about 20 years and then subsequently declined until becoming largely absent today. We conclude that spatial frictions substantially reduced the rate of return to public research spending in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but such frictions significantly diminished as extension programs, automobiles, and telephones made it easier for discoveries to reach farther farms.

This paper is published in the Journal of Political Economy.

Faculty

Jess H. Chua

Jess H. Chua

Emeritus Professor of Finance and Family Business Governance
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurial Finance, Family Business
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Alice de Koning

Alice de Koning

Senior Instructor
Area of expertise: Opportunity recognition, Metaphors for entrepreneurship, Public discourse, Entrepreneurial eco-systems, Social enterprise, University spinouts, Pedagogy for entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurial identity
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Mohammad Keyhani

Mohammad Keyhani

Area Chair - ENTI, Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurship and innovation, Digital entrepreneurship, Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurship technology, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Platforms and Market-Hierarchy Hybrids, Subjectivist and Austrian Economics, Computational Modeling and Simulation
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Seok-Woo Kwon

Seok-Woo Kwon

Associate Professor, Robson Professorship in Entrepreneurship, Research Fellowship in Entrepreneurship 
Area of expertise: Demographic and social capital perspectives on entrepreneurship, Knowledge and technology management
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Sandra Malach

Sandra Malach

Senior Instructor
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurship, new venture law, curriculum design, sustainability law, corporate social responsibility
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Oleksiy Osiyevskyy

Oleksiy Osiyevskyy

Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: New venture development, Corporate entrepreneurship, Innovation
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Houston Peschl

Houston Peschl

Instructor
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurial thinking, Social enterprise, Sustainable development, Scholarship of teaching and learning
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Rosalynn Peschl

Rosalynn Peschl

Instructor
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurial thinking, Social enterprise, Women in entrepreneurship
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Olga Petricevic

Olga Petricevic

Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: Dynamic capabilities in established and new ventures, Resource-based theory of the firm, Inter-organizational relationships, Entrepreneurial human capital, Nascent technologies and international business contexts
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Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Associate Professor, Chen Fong Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Finance
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurial Finance, Private Equity Markets, Junior Public Equity Markets, Entrepreneurial Governance
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Chad (William) Saunders

Chad (William) Saunders

Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurial support policy, Healthcare entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Canada, Entrepreneurial governance, Academic-industry collaborations, Indigenous entrepreneurship
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Alexander Whalley

Alexander Whalley

Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Economics of Innovation; Urban Economics; Labor Economics
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