Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Topic Leader: 
Thomas A. Kochan

There is wide recognition that entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the economy and that a substantial number of new jobs are created by start-up firms. While some of these new firms grow, prosper and eventually become major sources of innovation and employment, many others that look promising do not survive and grow into sustainable organizations. Moreover, small- to medium-size firms, on average, pay lower wages and benefits and provide less training than larger firms while others introduce new practices that spur innovations in employment relations. EPRN seeks to better understand and disseminate to policy makers, current business and organization leaders, and future entrepreneurs research-based information, analysis, and commentary on the critical job-creation and job-quality issues needed to increase the probability that entrepreneurial start-ups will survive, grow, prosper, and generate high-quality jobs. 


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Is the financial Industry friend or foe to the goal of building sustainable businesses and a sustainable economy? For the past 30 years...

Thomas A. Kochan | February 27, 2013
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Research Questions

  • What factors drive the location of biomanufacturing investments?
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Elisabeth Reynolds | November 9, 2012
Antoinette Schoar's picture

This paper documents that ventures that are funded by two successful angel groups experience superior outcomes to those that are...

Antoinette Schoar | November 9, 2012
Jesper Sorensen's picture

Theories of entrepreneurship typically focus on identifying distinctive features of entrepreneurs or the entrepreneurial role, rather...

Jesper Sorensen | November 6, 2012
Fiona Murray's picture

Scientific freedom and openness are hallmarks of academia: relative to their counterparts in industry, academics maintain discretion...

Fiona Murray | November 5, 2012
Scott Stern's picture

This paper evaluates the role of regional cluster composition in the economic performance of industries, clusters and regions. On the...

Scott Stern | November 5, 2012
Scott Shane's picture

Is uncertainty causing small business owners to behave in ways that are hindering the recovery? That question is at the center of an...

Scott Shane | November 29, 2011
John Haltiwanger's picture

Private equity critics claim that leveraged buyouts bring huge job losses. To investigate this claim, we construct and analyze a new...

John Haltiwanger | November 10, 2011
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The younger companies are, the more jobs they create, regardless of their size.

The popular perception that small...

John Haltiwanger | November 2, 2011
Jesper Sorensen's picture

Using a study of the relationship between bureaucratic work environments and individual rates of entrepreneurship, I revisit a...

Jesper Sorensen | October 31, 2011