SPEA professor receives international award in entrepreneurship research
Feb. 5, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Professor David B. Audretsch, a professor in Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is the recipient of the 2001 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research, presented by the Swedish Board for Industrial and Technical Development and the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.
The annual award is presented in recognition of scientific contributions to theory-building in entrepreneurship or small business development, and includes $50,000 cash and a sculpture, "The Hand of God," created by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles.
Audretsch will receive the award in a ceremony on May 3 in Sweden. Audretsch then will make a 10-day speaking tour of the country.
Professor Zoltan J. Acs of the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore is Audretsch's research associate and was named co-winner of the 2001 award.
Describing the research the two have done, the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research said, "They have provided empirical analyses of an impressive number of important questions about the role of small firms in the economy.
"Additionally, apart from their own empirical work, professors Acs and Audretsch have made an important contribution to an open and critical assessment and discussion of the role of small firms. This involves organizing several prestigious conferences, writing books, and the establishment of the pioneering Small Business Economics journal, founded by Acs and Audretsch in 1989."
Audretsch's research has been published in over 100 scholarly articles and 25 books. He is author of Innovation and Industry Evolution (MIT Press, 1995) and co-author with Acs of Innovation and Small Firms (MIT Press, 1990). He also is the Ameritech endowed chair for economic development and director of the Institute for Development Strategies in SPEA, and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, England.
Before joining the IU faculty, Audretsch was at the government-funded Science Centre for Social Science Research in Berlin, Germany, from 1984 to 1997, where he served as acting director and research professor.
Audretsch's research focuses on the links between entrepreneurship, government, policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He has consulted with the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. State Department, United States Federal Trade Commission, General Accounting Office and International Trade Commission. He also has consulted with the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union, the European Parliament, OECD, and numerous private corporations, state governments and European governments.
He is an advisory board member to a number of international research and policy institutes, including the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim; the Hamburg Institute of International Economics; and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C.
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