Exemplars in Entrepreneurship
Chapter 4: Entrepreneurship Research and the Maturation of the Field
Michael A. Hitt Dino, Rich: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my absolute privilege to introduce research exemplar, Professor Michael Hitt. Hitt, Michael: It’s a real pleasure to be here. I enjoy the opportunity to interact with such a great group of colleagues, and it is also an excellent opportunity to interact with people from all over the world (even though the interaction is a little less personalized). So please accept my not only congratulations on an outstanding Conference, but also my ‘thank you’ for inviting me to this Conference and the opportunity. I don’t want to say the same thing as everybody else, and I speculated on what others would talk about and then I tried to add something different (and hopefully of value). So, I focus on entrepreneurship and maturation of the field. Not that I have better information than others on these topics, but they are worthy of our consideration. I will first focus on the field, and then (specifically because of this Conference), on research. So let’s take a trip back to 1988 – a little over 20 years ago. Porter and McKibbin (1988), two business school deans at the time, authored a report for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) on the future of business education. Lyman Porter (Dean at the University of California at Irvine at the time – not Michael Porter), was a very wellknown and respected scholar in organizational behavior, and played a prominent role in the development of the study on...
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