Research and publications on entrepreneurship by faculty members at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business have resulted in the university being included in the top 10 institutions in Texas Christian University’s 2022 Global University Entrepreneurship Productivity Rankings.
TCU’s list focused on 350 university programs worldwide and tracked publications in the field’s leading academic journals over the past five years: Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. These journals typically only accept 5% to 10% of submissions, including only the most recent and interesting research.
“The Belk College of Business has assembled an elite entrepreneurship faculty that conducts high quality and relevant research in this highly specialized area of focus,” said Jennifer Troyer, dean of the Belk College of Business. “This allows us to not only provide our students with the latest knowledge and understanding of how to be effective entrepreneurs – but to offer more entrepreneurial expertise than other business schools in the state, according to the new TCU ranking.”
Faculty members at Belk College of Business whose research and publications focus on entrepreneurship include Franz Kellermanns, the Reese Endowed Chair in International Business and Professor of Management, ranked #13 among leading authors in entrepreneurship by the Journal of Small Business Management. research is conducted; Torsten Pieper, Associate Professor of Management and President of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy; and Laura Stanley, Associate Professor of Management, all of whom focus a significant portion of their research on family businesses; and Justin Webb, Belk Distinguished Professor of Business Innovation, whose research expertise includes influences on the entrepreneurship process and other topics. In addition, scholarly articles by Victor Chen, former associate professor of international management, contributed to the university’s TCU numbers.
Contributing to the ecosystem of entrepreneurship
While North Carolina is rising in the innovation rankings — notably with Charlotte and Raleigh being named top five metro areas for entrepreneurship by Lending Tree last year — and their recent recognition by CNBC as the #1 state in university-wide, highly motivated students and entrepreneurial alumni continue to influence and support the region’s robust startup environment.
- This fall, Belk College of Business is introducing an Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship aimed at providing the skills essential to turning their ideas into action — and providing the talent to lead this growing area of the government economy support. The college also offers a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a series of courses that emphasize experiential practice and engagement with Charlotte’s broader entrepreneurial community.
- More than 30 business partners are currently collaborating with PORTAL, the region’s leading incubator supporting the ecosystem for business, innovation and entrepreneurship.
- In the past five years, faculty and student inventors have received 98 new patents and created 17 startups.
- Ventureprise, UNC Charlotte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, works with students, faculty, and community members to improve their ideas, commercialize their research, and integrate entrepreneurship into the academic experience on campus.