Dean Shepherd is the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University. Dean received his doctorate and MBA from Bond University (Australia). His research and teaching is in the field of entrepreneurship; he investigates both the decision making involved in leveraging cognitive and other resources to act on opportunities and the processes of learning from experimentation (including failure), in ways that ultimately lead to high levels of individual and organizational performance. Dean has published papers primarily in the top entrepreneurship, general management, strategic management, operations management, and psychology journals and has written (or edited) over 20 books.
Johan Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA, Professor Two at Nord University, Norway, Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden, and inaugural RMIT Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Australia. His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 17,000 citations. He is incoming Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and previously editor for Journal of Business Venturing and Small Business Economics. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011. Professor Wiklund’s research topics include: entrepreneurship and mental health, performance, growth, exit, and failure of entrepreneurial firms.
Ted Baker leads entrepreneurship efforts at Rutgers Business School – Newark & New Brunswick. He spent much of the first half of his adult life building a variety of technology-rich entrepreneurial ventures. During his subsequent academic career, he has helped to build two leading programs in technology entrepreneurship and commercialization (University of Wisconsin-Madison and NC State University). He has studied entrepreneurship under conditions of resource constraint and adversity (for example in the informal settlements around Cape Town, South Africa, in the textile industry in the American South and Northeast), focusing in particular on bricolage and improvisation as constructs useful for understanding resourceful behavior. His current work on Founder Identity Theory (FIT) explores the processes through which entrepreneurship sometimes allows people to pursue their goals and become who they want to be despite common problems of resource constraint and adversity. His research has been published in leading academic management and entrepreneurship journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
Sam Gosling is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He did his doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley. Sam has published broadly on the topics of Internet-based methods of data collection in the context of personality and social psychology. His non-human research has also examined dogs, cats, chimpanzees, and squid. His human research has looked at how human personality is manifested in everyday contexts like bedrooms, offices, webpages, music preferences, and social-media; this latter work is described in his book, “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You”. Sam also published on the entrepreneurial culture of regions and cities, using large Internet-based datasets collected from millions of subjects around the globe. His work has been widely covered by the media and he is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution.
Michal is a psychologist and data scientist. His research focuses on studying humans through the lenses of digital footprints left behind while using digital platforms and devices. He is an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Michal holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Psychometrics, and a MS in Social Psychology. While at Cambridge University, he started an open-source online adaptive testing platform Concerto and ApplyMagicSauce.com predictive engine.