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Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference Fosters Collaboration

Innovation + Opportunity = Success

Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Keynote Speaker, Professor Saras Sarasvathy, Isadore Horween
Research Associate Professor of Business Administration,
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

George Mason subscribes to the notion that innovation fuels success and that a successful entrepreneur is a student of innovation. This is clearly seen in the university’s entrepreneurial spirit, promoting entrepreneurial thinking in programs and courses throughout the university. As such, two Mason schools partnered to produce the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC).

Now in its sixth year, MERC is jointly presented by George Mason’s School of Management (SOM) and School of Public Policy (SPP).  Conference coordinators Mahesh Joshi, associate professor of management, Zoltan Acs, university professor and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, and Nacef Mouri, assistant professor of marketing, organized the conference. Roger Stough, vice president for research and economic development, is a founding member for the conference.

Based on the belief that research in entrepreneurship is not the domain of any one academic discipline, MERC showcases research from all academic disciplines. “This allows for a rich exchange of ideas. Several research ideas and collaborations are started at the conference. In this vein, the conference is considered a forum of exchange and networking,” says Mouri.

Both faculty and graduate students from Mason’s SOM and SPP presented as well as faculty from 20 universities across the U.S. and abroad including George Washington University, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Temple University, Sambalpur University (India), Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), and Islamic Azad University (Iran). The collaborative forum gives presenters the opportunity to receive feedback from colleagues and more senior academics that allows them to refine their ideas and further improve their research output.

Professor Saras Sarasvathy of the University of Virginia—a renowned scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship—delivered the keynote address speaking about understanding individual entrepreneurship.

*The original article appears on the School of Management news web page.

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