Entrepreneur Research

Research Breakfast SeriesThe Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship guides and supports entrepreneurship research and the creation of new community and student ventures.

We aim to improve academic research about entrepreneurship by connecting PhD’s with practitioners to promote the development of relevant research questions, theoretical grounding, and identification of data sources.

Entrepreneurship Research Booklet

The annual entrepreneurship research booklet takes 6-10 research summaries pulled from over 50 entrepreneurship research projects at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The compendium includes theory from multiple basic intellectual traditions: psychology, economics, sociology, and management. This compilation of extended research includes analysis of personal characteristics of entrepreneurs, social networks, innovation patterns, market behavior, and the forces behind financial decision making. The research questions are analyzed through interviews, surveys, archival data, and simulation. Taken together, the work reflects the high research energy of the Smith School of Business faculty and students, and it reveals the strong support of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Smith School of Business’s leadership for economic development in the State of Maryland.

Read the 2011-2012 Entrepreneurship Research at UMD Booklet here

Dingman Entrepreneurship Research Awards

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship awarded over $15,000 in prize money to PhD students and faculty at the April 13, 2011 Entrepreneurship Research Luncheon. Awards were distributed for top papers in three categories: PhD Student Research in Progress, PhD Student Working Paper and Faculty/Journal Student Publication.


First Place

Brady Firth, "Entrepreneurial Adaptation: A Process Approach"

Brad Greenwood, "Tiger Blood: Availability Cascades, New Firm Formation, and the Acquisition of Venture Capital"

Third Place

Shweta Gaonkar, "Small Firms as Sources of Employee Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Effect of Immigration Status"

Bryan Stroube, "Progress Over Poverty: Lender Preferences in Microfinance P2P Lending"


First Place

Koray Ozpolat, Guodong Gao, Wolfgang Jank, Siva Viswanathan, "The Value of Online Trust Seals for Online Entrepreneurs: an Empirical Investigation"

Second Place

Seth Carnahan, Rajshree Agarwal, Benjamin Campbell, "The Effect of Relative Compensation Dispersion of Firms on the Mobility and Entrepreneurship of Extreme Performers"

Jiban Khuntia, Sunil Mithas, Ritu Agarwal, "How do Business Models Influence the Sustainability of Entrepreneurial Firms? The Case of Health Information Exchanges"

Faculty/Student Journal Publication

First Place

Rajshree Agarwal, Pao-Lien Chen, Charles Williams, "Growing Pains: Pre-entry Experience and the Challenge of Transition to Incumbency"

Second Place

Rajshree Agarwal, Benjamin Campbell, Martin Ganco, April Franco, "Who Leaves, Where to, and Why Worry?: Employee Mobility, Entrepreneurship and Effects on Source Firm Performance"

For more information on the PhD program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, click here.