Learn – Research

The Field Center seeks to be a leading voice in entrepreneurship by producing research that is of value to academics and entrepreneurs alike. To that end, Field Center faculty seek to explore current issues facing entrepreneurs and analyze them with rigorous scientific methods. 
Recent Publications

Field Center faculty and PhD students routinely publish their research in the leading entrepreneurship, innovation, and management journals. ​Below are recent examples of their work:

This big-data study of more than 79,000 first-time innovators finds that the perceived value of an innovation can be increased by interacting with other first-time innovators during the development process.

Research Policy 

This large-scale empirical study reveals how accelerator selection decisions are biased due to the congruity between the signals sent by the startup and the stereotypes associated with the lead founder’s gender.

Journal of Business Venturing

This survey-based empirical study of makerspace participants shows that individuals motivated to innovate and/or diffuse innovations tend to join makerspaces and that individuals who participate in makerspaces are more likely to innovate and/or diffuse innovations successfully.

Research Policy

This empirical study of 535 startups in the U.S. finds that “getting out of the building” to talk to customers during the startup process, as advocated by the popular Customer Development and Lean Startup approaches, helps generate initial sales, but that doing so is only useful when product innovativeness is high and, in all cases, significantly increases the time it takes to generate those sales. 

Journal of Business Venturing Insights

This review summarizes the myriad ways in which social impact has been measured in academic research and presents a typology of how social impact might be better conceptualized and measured going forward.

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

This article reviews research on entrepreneurial resource acquisition and then presents a typology suggesting successful strategies and tools for gaining access to resources.

International Journal of Management Reviews

Entrepreneurship Research Venture Fund

In an effort to support high-quality academic research on entrepreneurship, the Field Center has established the Entrepreneurship Research Venture Fund. The fund seeks to share the risks and uncertainties associated with academic research by staging investment (both mentorship and financial awards) throughout the research process. Since its launch in 2018, projects receiving investment have been published in and/or presented at the following outlets:

Journal of Business Venturing
Research Policy
International Association for Business and Society Conference
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Applications for investment are considered on a rolling basis. Interested Management faculty and Ph.D. students should send an inquiry to Scott Newbert 

Research Workshop Series

In an effort to stay apace of current trends in academic research, the Field Center launched a Research Workshop Series in 2018 designed to provide formal training in cutting-edge research methods.

Recent workshops include:

Data crawling — Jörg Claussen, University of Munich

Regression discontinuity design  —  Caroline Flammer, Boston University

Machine learning  —  Shane Wang, Western University

Natural Language Processing  —  Roman Jurowetzki, Aalborg University

Field Studies —  Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, New York University

Larry and Eris Field Family Visiting Scholar

In order to better integrate Baruch within the global community of entrepreneurship scholars, the Field Center established the Larry and Eris Field Family Visiting Scholar program. This program is designed to bring thought leaders from around the world to Baruch College to support the Field Center’s research initiative in a variety of ways, such as by presenting research, delivering workshops, providing feedback on research, collaborating with Baruch faculty, etc.

Past, present, and future visiting scholars include:

2019-2020  Oana Branzei, Western University

2020-2021  Justin Craig, Bond University

2021-2022  Andrew Corbett, Babson College

2022-2023 Toyah Miller, University of Texas at Dallas

Oana Branzei (inaugural Larry and Eris Field Family Visiting Scholar) with Scott Newbert

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