By Sydney Tyler
Entrepreneurship is the engine of social mobility. It is also a key focus at GSU helping our students thrive by cultivating their entrepreneurial ambitions. As a tier 1 research institution rigorous research is also an important aspect of this focus at GSU. In line with this idea, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) recently launched the Entrepreneurship Research Group (ERG) at GSU. ERG encourages interdisciplinary collaboration across campus on entrepreneurship research. This endeavor connects faculty and students across campus to promote research on entrepreneurship with real-world consequences. It is also an opportunity to bring together researchers from other local universities such as Emory, Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott, and UGA, to learn from and support each other’s work.
Some of ERG’s short-term goals and opportunities include:
- Developing a contact list and repository of entrepreneurship research, and researchers across schools and colleges at GSU
- Organizing individuals to lead different initiatives to include grant applications and cross disciplinary entrepreneurship research
- Tracking the impact of entrepreneurship research on academia and practice
Additionally, some of ERG’s long-term goals and opportunities include:
- Roundtables focused on different facets of entrepreneurship (e.g., Social, FinTech, Media, Franchising, Hospitality, International Business)
- A GSU-sponsored entrepreneurship research conference
ERG activities will include a quarterly Speaker Series focusing on cutting-edge research on entrepreneurship. The overall objective of this series is to learn from a diversity of topics, methods, and research disciplines.
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, ERG hosted Joel Gehman, Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Management and Alberta School of Business Chair in Free Enterprise at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on sustainability and entrepreneurship. Attendees heard from Gehman about his ongoing research on “technology entrepreneurship, B Corporations, sustainable food and wine,” and more. To learn more about the speaker series, contact Garima Sharma, Ph.D.