In 1978, Cliff Ensley ’69, ’70, G’71 had an idea to start his own business and just $2,500 to do it. He was used to taking on challenges—there was no stopping him. Growing up, he struggled with a learning disability—at…
Two Whitman Entrepreneurship Professors Receive 2015 Greif Research Impact Award
A paper co-authored by Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Johan Wiklund, professor of entrepreneurship, and Professor Tom Lumpkin, the Chris J. Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship, was selected to receive the 2015 Greif Research Impact Award. The two professors were honored during the recent business meeting of the entrepreneurship division at the Academy of Management meeting in Vancouver.
Given annually by the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California, the award recognizes an entrepreneurship paper that appeared in the top-tier management and entrepreneurship journals six years ago and received the highest citations (based on the Social Sciences Citations Index) in the five years following publication.
“Professors Wiklund and Lumpkin are two of the most respected scholars in the field of entrepreneurship,” says Alexander McKelvie, chair of the department of entrepreneurship & emerging enterprises and associate professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School. “This major recognition of one of their important pieces of research—as the most influential and cited entrepreneurship paper in the world in 2009—only begins to recognize their individual impact on entrepreneurship scholarship and practice.”
Wiklund and Lumpkin’s study of the impact of entrepreneurial orientation on firm performance has been cited almost 800 times in the five years since its publication and has opened up to a large number of other streams of research on the topic.
“The fact that this award is based on peer citations makes this award so much more impressive,” says McKelvie. “It objectively shows that other researchers, including doctoral students, are being influenced by that study.”
Wiklund and Lumpkin’s paper, titled “Entrepreneurial orientation and business performance: Assessment of past research and suggestions for the future,” (with Rauch, A. and Frese, M.) was published in 2009 in the Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice Journal.