Brent Goldfarb

At the Dingman Center, research efforts are led by our Academic Director, Dr. Brent Goldfarb, who is also Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the M&O Department at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In May, Goldfarb was awarded a Richard Schulze Distinguished Entrepreneur Professorship by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Schulze Professorships are awarded to premier mid-career entrepreneurship scholars who are thought leaders advancing the field of entrepreneurship. The professorship will provide a three-year annual stipend of $50,000 to support Goldfarb's scholarship.

Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference Awards

Each year during the Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference (SERC), the Dingman Center presents three monetary awards to researchers whose papers impacted the field of entrepreneurship:

  • Gareth Olds, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School - Olds received the top prize for his paper, "Entrepreneurship and Public Health Insurance." He found that publicly provided children's health insurance led to an increase in entrepreneurship, as employees were more willing to take the plunge when they knew their children would have access to health care. Without such access, they were more likely to remain in their jobs where health insurance was guaranteed. Olds was awarded $1,000.

  • Dan Wang, Assistant Professor of Business, Columbia Business School - Wang received a $250 award for his paper, "When do Returnees become Founders? Cultural Barriers and Boundaries to Entrepreneurial Transitions." He found that workers returning from the United States were more likely to start companies in their home countries. According to his research, entrepreneurship occurs more often when the home culture is more accepting of risk taking and failure.

  • Laura Huang, Assistant Professor of Management, Wharton - Huang received a $250 award for her paper, "Gender Bias, Social Impact Framing and Evaluation of Entrepreneurial Ventures." Her work, while early, suggests evaluators are more likely to favor a project when the concept fits their gender stereotypes. In particular, she focused on the social impact of a venture that leads to higher evaluations when the entrepreneur is a woman.