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 2016, 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
In April 2017, the Smith School hosted the Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference (SERC), an annual gathering highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship-focused research papers. The invitation-only conference, attended by prominent researchers and rising stars, helps researchers determine best practices in aligning research findings to practitioner’s goals.
A highlight from this year’s conference was a panel discussion titled, “Entrepreneurship Education: Nurturing Human Capital” moderated by Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph Lamone Chair and Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Dingman Center executive director Elana Fine served on the panel along with Tsegahiwot Belachew from the African Leadership University; Derek Ozkal from the Kauffman Foundation; and Siri Terjesen from American University. Each panelist provided his/her perspective on teaching entrepreneurship followed by a Q&A on opportunities and challenges within the field.
Halcyon Incubator Partnership
In February 2017, Halcyon Incubator and the Dingman Center announced a new partnership to bring real-world research and entrepreneurial experience into the classroom and to further understand the social entrepreneur community in the United States. A program of the non-profit organization Halcyon, Halcyon Incubator supports early-stage social entrepreneurs via a unique fellowship based out of their headquarters in Washington, D.C. The hallmark of this partnership is collaboration on the 2nd annual Social Enterprise Ecosystems Report, a study of the state of social entrepreneurship across the country. Released for the first time in 2016 by Halcyon Incubator and Capital One, the 2017 report is based on research led by Smith School Associate Professor David Kirsch and a team of Smith students from the Social Innovation Fellows program, supported by the Center for Social Value Creation. The student team is comprised of Fasika Delessa ’18, Sarina Haryanto ’18, Aishwariya Chandrasekar ’17 and Evan Haas ’17.
In addition to conducting the research for the report, David and the students produced a paper based on their work, “Social Enterprise Ecosystems: Initial Findings & Propositions.” In April, the team presented the paper at the inaugural IESE-LUISS Business School Conference on Responsibility, Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship in Rome, Italy. The academic community welcomed these young students already engaged in high-level social entrepreneurship research. The team is currently finalizing the paper and their findings to submit to the Journal of Business Ethics, which is releasing a special issue devoted to the conference.