Research and publication on entrepreneurship by faculty members at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business has led to the University being named among the top 10 institutions in the 2022 University of Texas Global Entrepreneurship Productivity Rankings.
TCU’s list focused on 350 university programs worldwide, tracking publications in the industry’s top academic journals over the past five years: the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. These journals typically accept only 5% to 10% of submissions, including only the most original and interesting research.
“The Belk College of Business has assembled elite faculty in entrepreneurship who conduct high-quality, relevant research in this highly specialized focus area,” said Jennifer Troyer, dean of the Belk College of Business. “This allows us to not only provide our students with the latest knowledge and understanding of how to be effective entrepreneurs – but to offer more entrepreneurship expertise, according to TCU’s new ranking, than any other business school in the state.”
Faculty members from the Belk College of Business whose research and publications focus on entrepreneurship include Franz Kellermanns, the Reese Endowed Chair in International Business and professor of management, who is ranked 13th among the top authors of entrepreneurship research by the Journal of Small Business Management. Torsten Pieper, associate professor of management and president of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. and Laura Stanley, associate professor of management, all of whom focus a significant portion of their research on family businesses. and Justin Webb, the Belk Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Innovation, whose research expertise includes influences on the entrepreneurship process and other topics. In addition, scholarly articles by Victor Chen, former associate professor of international management, contributed to the University’s TCU numbers.
Contribute to the entrepreneurship ecosystem
As North Carolina climbs the innovation rankings — particularly with Charlotte and Raleigh named last year by Lending Tree as the top five metros for starting a business — and its recent recognition by CNBC as the No. 1 state for business – UNC Charlotte faculty and staff from across the University, as well as highly motivated students and entrepreneurship alumni continue to influence and support the region’s strong startup environment.
- This fall, the Belk College of Business is introducing an Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, designed to teach students the skills necessary to turn their ideas into action – and provide the talent to support this growing sector of the state’s economy. The college also offers a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a series of courses that emphasize experiential exercises and engagement with the broader Charlotte business community.
- Over 30 business partners are currently engaged with PORTAL, the region’s leading incubator for business, innovation and ecosystem-supported entrepreneurship.
- Over the past five years, faculty and student inventors have received 98 new patents and launched l7 startups.
- Ventureprise, UNC Charlotte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, works with students, faculty and community members to elevate their ideas, commercialize their research and integrate entrepreneurial thinking into the campus academic experience.