Daniel M. Olson

PhD Student


Daniel M. Olson


E-mail: dolson1@rhsmith.umd.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Olson


Major: Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Minor: Economics

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Robert H. Smith School of Business
PhD, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, expected 2015
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
JD, 2004

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
BA, Philosophy, 2000

Research Interests:
I am interested in the drivers of innovative and entrepreneurial behaviors by firms and individuals and the consequences, at both the firm and individual level, of mobility and entrepreneurship decisions. My research explores the social and competitive forces that influence these decisions and that influence the information intermediaries and resource providers that shape the environments in which firms and individuals operate.

My current research projects include exploring (a) the social and competitive influences that professional critics face, (b) the short- and long-term firm-level performance implications of the prior career decisions of their founders, (c) the impact of entrepreneurial influences from different aspects of an individual’s social network on the likelihood of entrepreneurial entry, and (d) the effect of changes in the importance of social and relational based utility for an individual’s utility function on the mobility and entrepreneurial decisions of the individual.  

Working collaboration with Smith Faculty and students:
I am currently working with Smith school faculty members Rajshree Agarwal and David Waguespack.  I am also collaborating with fellow Smith school student Seth Carnahan.

Working Papers and Work Under Review:
Waguespack, David, and Daniel Olson, Social Influence and Competition among Critics, writing stage

Olson, Daniel, The Implications of the Small Firm Effect for Entrepreneurial Firm Performance, data cleaning and analysis stage

Olson, Daniel, Comparative Network Effects on Entrepreneurial Entry, data cleaning and analysis stage