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Dr. Matthew Wood Receives Prestigious Recognition

Aug. 27, 2018

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Dr. Matthew Wood knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship. He was the owner and president of a commercial printing firm in Illinois for ten years, until he sold that business to enter the PhD program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While at Southern Illinois, Wood earned a PhD in Organization Studies with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Wood came to Baylor's Hankamer School of Business in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. Since that time, he has also served as Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Doctoral Program, an Associate Professor and now the Chairman of the Department of Entrepreneurship.

With that type of fast-track accomplishment, the awards and honors have not eluded Wood. He has been recognized by the Hankamer School of Business with a Young Researcher Award (2014) and the Brent Clum Outstanding Research Award (2017). Impressively, others outside of the confines of the Baylor campus have also taken note of Wood's work. Southern Illinois honored him with the Emerging Saluki Leader Award in 2015, and most recently Wood received the Best Conceptual Paper Award at the Academy of Management's Entrepreneurship Division premier international conference in management.

The award is sponsored by Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and is facilitated with a committee scouring through hundreds of submitted papers to determine the best conceptual paper for the division. In this case, more than 900 papers were submitted and Wood's paper, co-written with Rene Bakker, "A Temporal View of Entrepreneurial Opportunities" received the recognition.

Typically, the recognized papers contain transformative ideas that are likely to have a significant impact on the entrepreneurial field. The Wood and Bakker paper examines the role of time in entrepreneurial action theory. The writing duo developed a model and propositions that contribute to the literature by augmenting prevailing theory to include time and timing.

The significance of the award and the potential impact it can have on the Baylor Entrepreneurship department isn’t lost on Wood. He explains, "As Baylor pursues R1 / Tier 1 status, faculty must push the envelope in terms of the quantity and quality of research," Wood continued, "I try to lead by example on this front and I think the 'best paper' award is validation of that effort."

Wood's philosophy is if people are given the opportunity to exercise their gifts and work hard, then good things will happen. His goal for the Entrepreneurship department is quite simple, but also tenacious. Wood aspires for the department to engage in teaching and research…with excellence.

Wood explains, "The Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation department has an amazing group of faculty and staff, and I am blessed to lead them."

Likewise, the Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation department is blessed with the leadership of Dr. Wood.

Congratulations to Dr. Wood on well-deserved honor.

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