Dr. Sharon Alvarez, the Thomas W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, was recognized as a runner-up for the 2018 Best Paper Award from the Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship section of INFORMS.
The paper, co-authored with Jay Barney, professor at David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, and Philip Anderson of INSEAD, is titled “Forming and Exploiting Opportunities: The implications for discovery and creation processes for entrepreneurial, and organizational research.”
Dr. Alvarez tackled the paper with the goal of making entrepreneurship theory applicable to the entrepreneurship phenomena. "Up until this paper was written, all theory used in entrepreneurship had been borrowed from another area – economics, sociology." said Sharon Alvarez, the Thomas W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. "This paper is one of the foundational entrepreneurship theory papers in the field."
This is a prestigious award across 16 journals that are typically empirically oriented. "To have a theory paper recognized as an INFORMS best paper is pretty uncommon," Alvarez said. "INFORMS is also not my primary academic home – this kind of reach for an entrepreneurship theory of creation opportunities is really wonderful."
The award was presented to Dr. Alvarez at the national meeting of INFORMS in Phoenix on November 5, 2018.
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