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Last modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Study: Four professors at Indiana University among the top 50 entrepreneurship scholars

Sept. 1, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four entrepreneurship professors from Indiana University are listed as top researchers in their field in a research study authored by three Howard University scholars.

Dean A. Shepherd, Jeffrey G. Covin and Donald F. Kuratko from the Kelley School of Business and David B. Audretsch from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are among the world's leading researchers according to the study that ranked the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Researchers as well as the top institutions during the past 12 years. The research article was presented at the 2009 Academy of Management Conference last month.

The purpose of the study was to present rank listings of the most prolific entrepreneurship researchers and of the most prolific institutional affiliations of these researchers. They inventoried 5,909 entrepreneurship papers published from 1995 through 2006 in the top entrepreneurship publication outlets. This included 26 journals and three long-running U.S. annual entrepreneurship conferences. The study showed which researchers and institutions are providing research leadership in advancing the knowledge available on entrepreneurship.

The rankings were determined using weighted numbers of papers as the primary measurement metric (weighted by number of co-authors and co-affiliations for each paper). Weighted number of papers was used to control for high numbers of publications among authors who wrote articles with many co-authors.

Donald F. Kuratko

Donald F. Kuratko

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Among the ranking of "100 Most Prolific Scholars in Entrepreneurship," Shepherd was ranked second, Audrestch was seventh; Covin, 45th; and Kuratko, 48th. No other university in the world had four scholars listed in the Top 100, let alone the Top 50. Among the listing of most prolific universities for entrepreneurship research over the 12-year period studied, IU was ranked 10th.

"I am very humbled by the outstanding recognition my ranking provides Indiana University, and I feel fortunate to work with highly talented, hard working coauthors. They have helped make the publishing process enjoyable and a rich learning experience," said Shepherd, the Randall L. Tobias Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Kelley School.

"This certainly demonstrates the power of our entrepreneurship faculty to lead the world in entrepreneurship and innovation. With the addition of several new faculty members now added to the entrepreneurship team, I see our trajectory moving even higher in the years to come," added Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business.

The study points out that of the top entrepreneurship programs ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine's annual listing, only five made the top lists based on scholarly contribution as measured and presented in the current study. The five universities are Babson College, IU Bloomington, Ohio State University, University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Maryland.