The 2019 ACERE Conference will feature Dean Shepherd, Michael Fritsch and Moren Levesque.
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.
Michael Fritsch is currently Senior Professor of Economics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and Research Professor at the Halle Institute for Economic Reseach (IWH). He is also Associate Editor of the academic journals Regional Studies and Small Business Economics. Michael Fritsch has received his degrees in economics (Diplom Volkswirt, Ph.D., Habilitation) from the Technical University of Berlin. From 1992-2006, he was a Professor of Economics and Chair of Economic Policy, at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, and from 2006-2018 he was Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
His recent research in the field of entrepreneurship is focused on the development of self-employment over time, entrepreneurial careers, and the effects of new businesses on economic development, with a special focus on innovative start-ups. Currently, Prof. Fritsch is working on the effect of formal and informal institutions on entrepreneurship, innovation activity, and growth. His publications comprise several hundred articles in scholarly journals and in edited volumes as well as diverse books.
Moren Lévesque is Professor and the CPA Ontario Chair in International Entrepreneurship at York University Schulich School of Business. Moren has been on the faculty at Université Laval, Carnegie Mellon University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Humboldt Universität, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Waterloo as a Canada Research Chair in Innovation & Technical Entrepreneurship. Her research applies the methodologies of analytical and quantitative disciplines to the study of decision making in new business formation. Her work appears in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Organization Science, Production and Operations Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal, among other research outlets. Most recently, she has served the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division as Chair of its Membership Committee. She has also served for a 5-year term as an officer for the Institute for Operations Research & Management Science’s (INFORMS) Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section. Moren currently serves as Editor for Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management, and she served from 2013 to 2017 as Department Editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.
Professor Per Davidsson is the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) and is the Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at ACE in the QUT Business School (Management). Per is especially known for his extensive research on start-up and growth of firms as well as the societal well-being and job creation effects of those activities. He has published over 70 peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals as well as a large number of books, reports, and book chapters. With over 27,000 citations (Google Scholar, Oct. 2018) he is one of the best cited scholars in entrepreneurship globally. He has led several major research programs including the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE), the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia. Per was an elected Officer of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for the 2007-12 period and served as its Chair in 2010/11. He has served as Associate Editor for three of the leading scholarly journals in entrepreneurship and currently serves on the editorial boards for several other journals. He is also an award-winning mentor. Several of his disciples have become internationally successful researchers in their own right, and two of them were recently appointed Vice Chancellors (Presidents) of universities in their respective home countries. Professor Davidsson’s research interests are: External enablers of entrepreneurship, New venture creation, Firm growth, and Research methods.