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In recent years, we have witnessed a substantial rise in efforts to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability initiatives at firms, universities, and national labs. For example, given the rise of technology commercialization at universities, via patenting, licensing, research joint ventures with private companies, and start-up creation, many academics have attempted to assess the antecedents and consequences of these activities. Some key agents, institutions, and initiatives relating to such activities include faculty, post-docs, students, alumni, technology transfer offices, science and technology parks, incubators/accelerators, venture capitalists and angel investors, federal and state level programs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, alumni commercialization funds, and many entrepreneurship programs and centers on campuses. Many of these agents and institutions have been engaged in efforts to enhance the sustainability of their organizations and the environment.
This workshop will specifically address organizational issues, which have been shown to affect innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. For example, in the context of academic entrepreneurship, “macro” or institutional factors, such as strategy, structure, organizational culture, and inter-organizational relations have been shown to be important. Much less is known about the importance of “micro” or individual-level factors, such as justice-based issues or whether faculty perceive that they are being treated fairly in the workplace, incentives for faculty engagement in technology transfer, the leadership and championing of technology transfer, and faculty identity struggles with their new role as “academic entrepreneurs.” By considering both micro- and macro-level issues, the workshop will be highly interdisciplinary in nature and will stimulate multi-level research on this topic. More specifically, the workshop will bring together researchers from sociology, economics, strategic management, organizational behavior, and psychology, in order to bridge the micro/macro divide. Both quantitative and qualitative submissions will be featured.
The workshop is jointly sponsored by Administrative Science Quarterly (2017 Impact Factor-5.878) and the Journal of Management Studies (2017 Impact Factor-5.329), which is managed by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS)-see http://www.socadms.org.uk/). SAMS and the National Science Foundation have provided financial support for the workshop.