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Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2005

Leading entrepreneurship scholar joins Kelley School faculty

Sept. 2, 2005

Dean A. Shepherd

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- One of the nation's top academic researchers on entrepreneurship, Dean A. Shepherd, has joined the faculty of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as a Dean's Research Fellow and associate professor of management.

Shepherd's research has been widely published in several books and in leading journals, including The Academy of Management Review; Journal of Business Venturing and The Journal of Management.

He is the co-author of a new book, Entrepreneurial Small Business (Edward Elgar, 2005), as well as Entreneurship (Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2004); New Venture Strategy: Timing, Environmental Uncertainty and Performance (SAGE Publications, 1998); Attracting Equity Investors: Positioning, Preparing and Presenting the Business Plan (SAGE Publications, 1998); and Corporate Entrepreneurship (JAI Press, 2004).

A native of Australia, Shepherd came to IU from the University of Colorado-Boulder's Leeds School of Business. His teaching interests include entrepreneurship and strategic management, and he will teach courses in the master of business administration program in venture strategies and venture screening. He also will direct doctoral students who are studying entrepreneurship at Kelley and MBA students who are involved with the school's Entrepreneurship Academy.

His research focuses on decision-making by entrepreneurs, new venture strategy, venture capital, growth and optimization. He also is on the editorial boards of all major entrepreneurship journals.

Shepherd received his MBA degree and doctorate from Bond University in Australia and a bachelor of applied science degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.