Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership


GartnerWilliam B. Gartner, Arthur M. Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership, is one of the co-founders of the Entrepreneurship Research Consortium, which initiated, developed and managed the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics. Recently, Gartner has worked in conjunction with colleagues from Clemson and other universities on a paper, “Advancing a Typology of Open Innovation,” published August 2010 in the International Journal of Innovation Management. Their research explored the burgeoning phenomenon of open innovation, when multi-party firms co-develop, contract or strategically ally to bring discoveries to the market.

Another paper, “Related or Unrelated? A Behavioral and Entrepreneurial Action Perspective of Corporate Venturing Logic,” delved into the nature of acquisitioning. Their research has found that firms are more likely to venture outside the parent’s industry if the parent’s prior performance compared unfavorably to its peers despite the evidence that new ventures related to the current business outperform unrelated ventures. The paper was presented at the 2010 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, in June.

Cross-cultural research on organization change and development in the former Soviet countries of Russia and Ukraine will be published in two papers in the December 2010 issue of Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Their research suggests the local institutional environment in Russia and Ukraine negatively influences an individual’s willingness to acquire new knowledge.

Casey Frid, Ph.D. candidate, presented a paper co-authored with David Wyman at the Babson Entrepreneurship Conference this June in Lausanne, Switzerland. The paper examined predictors of “hyper successful” startups in the United States.