About me

December 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for visiting this site. I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. I’ve also been named a Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. My work as a professor involves a combination of research, teaching and service. Although this site is set up as dpf_at_shrinea blog, I don’t use it as one. However, you can learn more about my work by reading what is here and clicking on the pages above. You can also follow me on Twitter by clicking here:

About research. “Research” is the process by which we organize and advance what we know about the world. This is important, because the world is complex, and it’s hard to function effectively in the world unless we understand it. (For example, I’m pretty confused by this shrine on the right.) Doing research and following the research others do is a key way that I stay on top of what I need to know. This in turn enables me to help other people – like students, managers, journalists and my faculty colleagues – to understand and improve the world in whatever roles they occupy.

About my research. My own research focuses on how people think and make decisions in the course of building and managing organizations. I pay particular attention to the people who found and manage new ventures and how they interact with various parts of their environments, including their teammates, their investors, their boards and their industries. Some of my work explains how and why people think and make decisions differently from others, and some explains how and why these differences matter. My research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Journal of Business Venturing, among other outlets.

About my teaching. As a teacher, my goal is to help students develop a foundation of knowledge and skills in a particular area so they can continue to teach themselves over the course of their lives. The courses I teach are in the general areas of strategy and entrepreneurship, although the exact courses and levels I teach vary from year to year. Over time, I have taught students in the undergraduate, MBA, doctoral and executive education programs.

About my service. My service role involves helping to advance my school and my field. For example, I have worked closely on several initiatives for the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, I serve on the editorial boards of several leading journals in my field, and I recently served as chair of the Awards Committee for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. I also take part in events and initiatives that link our work at the Carlson School with the work of others in the community.

Other stuff. I joined the University of Minnesota in 2000 after finishing a Ph.D. at the NYU Stern School of Business. Before that, I worked in the private and nonprofit sectors, and I earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago. Outside of work, I like to spend time with my family, including my two children.


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