I am an Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. My research examines entrepreneurial activity, with a particular focus on an individual’s decision to become an entrepreneur, or a founder of a new venture.
The prevailing approach to this question has emphasized the role of the learning process and resource acquisition within existing organizations. My research takes a different perspective, viewing the decision to enter entrepreneurship as a career choice that shares much in common with other career choices. From this perspective, understanding the transition to entrepreneurship requires analyzing how it compares with career opportunities in paid employment. Hence, her research evaluates the decision to become an entrepreneur against the backdrop of other career opportunities inside and outside current employment.
Methodologically, my research takes advantage of large-scale, frequently hand-collected, micro-level data, often in novel research contexts such as the mutual fund industry and the music industry. My findings have been robust across three different industries:
- financial services, (i.e. mutual funds)
- cultural markets (i.e., music production)
- high-tech sector (i.e. speech recognition)
My research falls into two distinct streams:
- the main research stream explores the decision to become an entrepreneur from a career perspective;
- the secondary research stream examines the determinants of innovation, entrepreneurship and individual risk-taking in established firms.
My research has been awarded the 2013 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (one of 7 recipients) that recognizes “tenure-track junior faculty members who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.”