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Baylor University Faculty Receive Nearly $400,000 for Research

Feb. 11, 2010

By Becca Broaddus

The National Science Foundation awarded a $394,654 Innovation and Organizational Sciences Program Grant to Baylor University to fund research that explores the impact of religious communities on entrepreneurial behavior.

"We're very pleased to receive a grant of this size in support of exploring the role of faith in entrepreneurship," Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship Mitchell J. Neubert said. "A vital and enduring entrepreneurial spirit is essential for a robust economy."

The research project, "National Study of Entrepreneurial Behavior, Regulatory Focus, and Religion," is under the direction of Neubert, as well as, sociology faculty members Kevin D. Dougherty and Jerry Z. Park.

Over three years, the team will test the extent to which specific values and practices within religious communities are conducive to heightened entrepreneurial activity by conducting a national survey of working adults and case studies of eight religious communities.

Hankamer School of Business' Associate Dean of Faculty Development Jeff Tanner said this is one of the largest research grants secured by a business school faculty member.

"When others are willing to invest in our faculty through such grants, they recognize that we have faculty who are doing great work," Tanner said.

The results have the potential to enhance theory in promoting entrepreneurship. It also provides the basis to encourage religious communities to promote entrepreneurial behavior that is essential for a thriving economy.

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