1. Integrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship into the daily life of the university, making it a hub where great research about entrepreneurship is conceived, discussed and explored.
  2. Working closely with the other Duke I&E components to form a continually improving feedback loop that seeks to understand effective education and practices that enable the translation of innovations into new products and services.  This set of activities speaks to the practice of translation, increasing our own efficiency and the efficiency of similar activities around the world.
  3. Making the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative a thought leader in economic and social policy surrounding entrepreneurship.  In this role the Initiative speaks to policy makers and society at large as entrepreneurship becomes increasingly woven into the daily lives of ordinary people around the world.

Please contact David T. Robinson, Professor of Finance at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and Senior Strategist for Duke I&E Research.

Integrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship into the daily life of the university.

The Research area of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to raise the profile of entrepreneurship research and to draw researchers to the field of entrepreneurship. Duke I&E will serve as convener for forums of practical utility, for example on food or water, or on entrepreneurship policy. We also organize a monthly entrepreneurship seminar that draws researchers from throughout Duke University and the surrounding community.

Forming a continually improving feedback loop to improve education and practice

One of the main research themes in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative concerns studying how we can become better educators so that we can do a better job of translating novel innovations into new products and services. This theme involves careful scientific scrutiny of classroom content, teaching norms, and outcomes so that we can understand what entrepreneurs need to know and how best to teach it. At the same time, extracurricular initiatives like the Duke Start-Up Challenge provide an opportunity to explore hypotheses about the roles certification, motivation, and financial support play in the success of new ventures. A major thrust of our research is to use the classroom and practical engagement as laboratories where social scientific theories can be tested, rejected, and improved upon. The result is a feedback loop between research, classroom, and practice, all aimed at simultaneously improving best practice in each area.

 

Making the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative a thought leader in Entrepreneurship Research

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative is embarking on several cutting edge research programs designed to explore various aspects of entrepreneurship. These are questions where business, medicine, religion, social and political science each touch on entrepreneurship.  This work will make Duke a clear thought leader in entrepreneurship.  As a university-wide initiative, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative is uniquely positioned to provide intellectual leadership at the nexus of entrepreneurship and other disciplinary areas.

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