IU Kelley School of Business professors honored as 'thought leaders' for their entrepreneurship research
Oct. 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two professors at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, Dean A. Shepherd and Herman Aguinis, recently were honored at the Academy of Management annual conference for their respective research articles.
The Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Award is presented for recently published research papers that demonstrate the most promise for lasting impact and demonstrate thought leadership within the field of entrepreneurship.
Shepherd, the Randall L. Tobias Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership and professor of entrepreneurship, published an article titled "Cognitive Processes of Opportunity Recognition: The Role of Structural Alignment," in the March/April 2010 edition of
The article focused on understanding not only what factors facilitate the recognition of opportunities, but also why these factors play such a role in opportunity recognition. The authors studied the reasoning strategies that individuals mobilize for recognizing opportunities. Their study found that different kinds of mental connections play different roles in the process of recognizing opportunities, with different consequences.
By drawing attention to the cognitive underpinnings of opportunity recognition, the study provided a useful basis for exploring the factors that explain why some individuals/organizations are able to recognize opportunities that others simply fail to see.
"I am thrilled that the Academy of Management believes that future research will build heavily on this paper's theoretical model and empirical approach to gain a deeper understanding of the cognitive processes that underlie opportunity recognition," Shepherd. said. "This is reflection of the high caliber of entrepreneurship research emanating from the Kelley School."
Aguinis, the Dean's Research Professor and professor of organizational behavior and human resources, also was a recipient of the Thought Leader Award with his article titled "Using Experience Sampling Methodology to Advance Entrepreneurship Theory and Research," published in the January 2010 edition of
In the article, the authors proposed the use of experience sampling methodology (ESM) as an innovative methodological approach to address critical questions in entrepreneurship research. ESM requires participants to provide reports of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors at multiple times across situations as they happen in the natural environment. Thus, ESM allows researchers to capture dynamic person-by-situation interactions, as well as between- and within-person processes, improve the ecological validity of results and minimize retrospective biases. The authors discussed implications of ESM-based research for entrepreneurs, business incubators and entrepreneurship educators.
"My colleagues and I are delighted and honored to have received this award from the Academy of Management. Although we were recognized for this particular article, our work is just one example of the many high-quality and high-impact research projects conducted by faculty at Kelley," Aguinis said.