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Entrepreneurship involves creation. This can include, but not limited to, the creation of new opportunities and technologies, the creation of new firms, the creation of new products and markets within existing firms, the creation of new and better ways of doing business, and the creation of key entrepreneurial resources, which ultimately leads to the creation of value—economic and social—for entrepreneurs as well as various stakeholders. Entrepreneurship is foundational to the study of business management. Indeed, without entrepreneurship, there is no business to manage.

The Entrepreneurship group at Ivey is made up of faculty who research different elements of entrepreneurship at all levels of analysis—from individuals to global environments—and especially as it relates to understanding what leads entrepreneurs to be successful. This includes research on entrepreneurial cognition and decision making, new venture creation, entrepreneurial firm growth and performance, entrepreneurial strategy, innovation and the role of technology, family business, the economics of entrepreneurship, regional entrepreneurial dynamics and development, and international entrepreneurship.

*Please note that Entrepreneurship is a stream under General Management

Areas of Research Focus

  • Entrepreneurial cognition and decision making
  • New venture creation
  • Entrepreneurial firm growth and performance
  • Entrepreneurial strategy
  • Innovation and the role of technology
  • Family business and leadership succession/transition
  • The economics of entrepreneurship
  • Regional and urban entrepreneurship
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and disadvantage
  • International entrepreneurship

Faculty in the Entrepreneurship group have regularly published in premier management, entrepreneurship and technology journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Small Business Economics, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal, among others.


PhD Student Opportunities

Each year, the Entrepreneurship Area Group admits one or two qualified, highly motivated, and intellectually curious applicants into our PhD Program. We welcome applicants who are interested in any entrepreneurship-related (broadly defined) topics, including, but not limited to, the current and past Areas of Research Focus of our faculty members listed above. Once admitted, the student will be assigned a Faculty Mentor with whom she/he will work closely for the first two years in the Program.


PhD Graduates

The doctoral program in Entrepreneurship is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers in entrepreneurship at top business schools. 

Dr. Maya Kumar (2017 PhD)

Assistant Professor, IE Business School

PhD Dissertation:

The Role of Early Customers in the Venture Creation Process

While startups’ interactions with early potential customers may occur long before product creation, entrepreneurs often fail to recognize how these interactions impact startup development. My research proposes that early customers are central influences and develops a model of customer interactions. More specifically, my dissertation focuses on answering: When and how do startups interact with early customers during the venture creation process, and how do these interactions create path dependence for the type of organization being created?.... Read more

Faculty Advisor(s):


Discipline Coordinator

Dominic Lim

Dominic Lim holds a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration from Ivey. He received his MBA from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where he was a British Chevening Scholar, and BS (Computer Engineering) from Seoul National University, Korea.

Dr. Lim's research focuses on entrepreneurial firm growth, entrepreneurial cognition, and comparative international entrepreneurship, and has been published in top management journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Small Business Economics, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is also a member of the Editorial Review Board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, International Small Business Journal, and Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. His research programs have been continuously funded by multiple grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) since 2008.

Before returning to Ivey, Dr. Lim was an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Goodman School of Business, Brock University, and a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall School of Business. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a management consultant in Cambridge, UK, one of the most active entrepreneurial clusters in Europe, and counselled many university-based entrepreneurial ventures as well as several multinational companies including Vodafone and Samsung. He also co-founded NeoGenius. a B2B e-business venture in Seoul, Korea, and worked in the IT consulting industry in various capacities.

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