Two Whitman Entrepreneurship Professors Receive 2015 Greif Research Impact Award

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Pictured from left to right are Lumpkin, Prof. Nandini Rajagopalan, representing the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Wiklund, and Prof. Michael Frese, who also co-authored the paper.

A paper co-authored by Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Johan Wiklund, professor of entrepreneurship, and Professor Tom Lumpkin, The Chris J. Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship, was selected to receive the 2015 Greif Research Impact Award. The two professors were honored during the business meeting of the entrepreneurship division at the Academy of Management meeting in Vancouver this month.

Given annually by the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California, the award recognizes an entrepreneurship paper that appeared in the top-tier management and entrepreneurship journals six years ago and received the highest citations (based on the Social Sciences Citations Index) in the five years following publication.

“Professors Wiklund and Lumpkin are two of the most respected scholars in the field of entrepreneurship,” said Alexander McKelvie, chair, department of entrepreneurship & emerging enterprises and associate professor of entrepreneurship for the Whitman School. “This major recognition of one of their important pieces of research – as the most influential and cited entrepreneurship paper in the world in 2009 – only begins to recognize their individual impact on entrepreneurship scholarship and practice.”

Wiklund and Lumpkin’s study of the impact of entrepreneurial orientation on firm performance has been cited almost 800 times in the five years since its publication and has opened up to a large number of other streams of research on the topic.

“The fact that this award is based on peer citations makes this award so much more impressive,” said McKelvie. “It objectively shows that other researchers, including doctoral students, are being influenced by that study.”

Wiklund and Lumpkin’s paper, entitled “Entrepreneurial orientation and business performance: Assessment of past research and suggestions for the future,” (with Rauch, A. and Freese, M.) was published in 2009 in the Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice Journal.

The Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) program is a flagship program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Consistently ranked as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation in terms of research, teaching, and outreach, EEE helps undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. students discover their innate entrepreneurial potential, giving them a set of tools and perspective to capitalize on that potential and help launch their careers. The underlying teaching philosophy of the EEE program is experiential learning. The entire program is dedicated to providing hands-on opportunities for students to live entrepreneurship, whether through starting their own companies, working with local startups or by engaging in consulting projects with established businesses or not-for-profits.  Whitman’s entrepreneurship program is designed to examine and enhance the connection between educational excellence and entrepreneurship ingenuity, offering specialized tracks and coursework in new venture creation, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and family business. The EEE faculty team of renowned scholars published more than 40 books and articles in 2013-14, are editors at four leading international journals, and hold 21 editorial board positions at top journals.