The Whitman School was proud to sponsor and participate in the 35th annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) this past month at The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, Massachusetts. The BCERC is the largest entrepreneurship research conference in the world where academics and real-world practitioners come together to combine theory and practice. Four of our own PhD students — EJ Ko, CK Lee, Kiven Pierre and Wei Yu — attended the conference along with Alexander McKelvie, the department chair of entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, and Thomas Lumpkin, the Chris Witting chair in entrepreneurship.
To attend, a doctoral student must have a paper accepted for presentation. BCERC received 96 applications from 19 countries and the top 25 were selected to participate. All four Whitman students’ co-authored papers were accepted and each presented at the conference. Additionally, Babson College held the 2015 Babson Doctoral Consortium Program in conjunction with BCERC. This program is an invitation-only training program for exceptional doctoral students, and Whitman’s Kiven Pierre was chosen to participate this year.
The PhD candidates are completing their second year and had taken their qualifying exams just before attending the conference. All four found out they passed shortly after.